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Jennifer May-Trifiletti

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Doctoral Student

Jennifer May-Trifiletti is a doctoral candidate in the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education. Her dissertation examines mission expansion in community colleges, including the awarding of baccalaureate degrees and the introduction of campus housing at traditionally two-year, commuter-oriented institutions. She is especially interested in the effects of such changes on access and equity.

Jennifer also works full-time as a Research Project Lead for Studies of Postsecondary Student Success at the University of Michigan, serving on a research team under the direction of Dr. Peter Riley Bahr. She previously worked as a graduate research assistant for MIHE professors Drs. Rob Toutkoushian and Jim Hearn.

Jennifer has presented papers at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), and Association for Institutional Research (AIR). 

Her work with Dr. Toutkoushian and former MIHE post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ashley Clayton has been published in Educational Policy, and her work with Dr. Hearn and MIHE alumnus Dr. Welch Suggs has been published by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

She has received UGA’s Presidential Fellowship, MIHE’s Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship, and MIHE’s Thomas G. Dyer Outstanding Dissertation Research Award.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and history from Boston College, a Master of Arts in higher education from Boston College, and a certificate in institutional research from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining MIHE, Jennifer worked in institutional research at Massasoit Community College (Brockton, MA) and Tufts University.

News Featuring Jennifer May-Trifiletti
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:58am

The Institute of Higher Education is pleased to announce our 2020-2021 fellowship and award recipients.

While pursuing their degrees, our students continue to make an impact in our field and mark great accomplishments. We recognize four of our…

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 4:42pm

The IHE Community Supports Four Scholarships that Directly Assist Student Research

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 3:04pm

The rapid rise in popularity and monetization of Esports (virtual simulations of sports, competitive games, and military operations) in American culture is drawing the attention of higher education leaders.

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 8:05am

The Institute will be well represented at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum in Denver, May 28-31. Faculty, students, and alumni will be presenting and leading discussion groups.  

Wednesday, May 29
10:15 am - Lori Hagood (PhD…

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:00am

IHE faculty and students will be attending the 44th Annual AEFP Conference in Kansas City, MO on March 21-22, 2019.

Ph.D. candidate Hee Jung Gong will present a paper with Rob Toutkoushian on “The Impact of the TRIO Program on the College Choice Process…

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:18pm

"From 'First in Family' to 'First to Finish': Does College Graduation Vary by How First-Generation College Status Is Defined?" is a newly-published research article by Robert K. Toutkoushian, Jennifer A. May-Trifiletti, Ashley B. Clayton (former IHE…

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