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George Spencer

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Assistant Professor of Higher Education

George Spencer conducts research on two related areas of inquiry: understanding students' educational pathways from high school through college, and evaluating the effectiveness of policy levers intended to improve college readiness, access, and completion. His work in these areas has been published in American Educational Research Journal, AERA OpenResearch in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.

Professor Spencer's current research examines the extent of college transfer pathways and the impact of policies to support students in this effort. His other work examines interventions designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary success.

Previously, Professor Spencer was a Dean’s Faculty Fellow at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a research associate at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). George was a 2015-2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Fellow.


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Ed.D. Education Policy, Leadership, Instruction, & Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education 
Ed.M. Education Policy & Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education 
B.S. Communications Studies, Northwestern University

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Events featuring George Spencer

Dr. Spencer will lead a discussion of college access and success programs for students from underserved populations during the Covid pandemic on Monday, June 22.

Participants are asked to pre-register by June 15 and access the forum via Zoom.

online event

IHE welcomes back three graduates who work to make their campuses more equitable communities for a discussion of DEI initiatives and how their roles have changed in the past year.

  • Dr. Ed Lee III, Emory University
  • Dr. Dominique Quarles, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Tiffanie Spencer, University of Vermont

Session moderated by…

News Featuring George Spencer
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 11:54am

Amy Stich, associate professor, and George Spencer, assistant professor, recently published an article in Research in Higher Education titled “College Choice Revisited: Socioeconomic Differences in College Transfer Destinations Among Four-Year College…

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 2:52pm

A large number of MIHE students, faculty, alumni, and former postdoctoral associates are participating in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century. The…

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 3:26pm

McBee IHE faculty members and doctoral candidate, Matt Gregory, shared on-going research experience with University System of Georgia (USG) and GA Awards data. The 60-minute session covered stages in a project's lifecycle from idea generation through…

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 4:14pm

Brook Thompson and Brionna Johnson led an information session about the Georgia College Advising Corps to members of the McBee Institute community.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 11:47am

Dr. George Spencer moderated a conversation with three IHE graduates and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leaders who discussed how individuals and institutions can move towards racial equity in all aspects of higher education.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:43am

IHE Research Roundtable brought together a group of research awardees and reviewers to share their experience and answer questions about getting dissertation research funding from NAE/Spencer Foundation, AERA, and NSF/AERA.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 8:06am

The number of credit hours that transfer students can carry with them to their new institution can be an important factor in student momentum and degree completion. 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:57am

Chronicle of Higher Education

Power of the Professoriate

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:59am

George Spencer is quoted in "How 2- and 4-year colleges can boost spring enrollment" in EducationDive.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 4:10pm

A research paper by George C. Spencer, Jr. appears in The Review of Higher Education. In "Promoting the Attainment-to-Transfer Pathway: Effects of Transfer Associate Degree Policies Across States," Spencer examines associate degree transfer policies to…

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