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Manuel González Canché

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Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Associate Professor of Higher Education

Manuel S. González Canché is the 2016 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/ Early Career Award. His research follows two different, yet interconnected paths. The first can be broadly classified into issues of access, persistence, and success, with emphasis on institutional sector effects on student’s outcomes. The second focuses on higher education finance, with emphasis on spatial modeling and student college choice and migration.

González Canché’s research employs quasi-experimental, spatial econometric, and data-visualization methods, including geographical information systems, representation of real-world networks, and text mining techniques. In related work, he aims to harness the mathematical power of network analysis to find structure in written content and is proposing an analytic method (Network Analysis of Qualitative Data) that blends quantitative, mathematical, and qualitative principles to analyze text data – an approach yet to be broadly implemented in education research.

As a first-generation college student and graduate himself, González Canché has a special research interest in factors and policies enhancing underrepresented students’ opportunities for educational success. His findings challenge traditional ideas about the negative impacts of community college enrollment on subsequent educational attainments. He has secured funding for research from the Spencer Foundation, the American Education Research Association/National Science Foundation, the Association for Institutional Research and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Other Affiliations:

Ph.D., University of Arizona

News Featuring Manuel González Canché
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 3:04pm

Manuel González Canché is among 166 faculty approved for promotion at UGA and one of 61 faculty to receive tenure this spring.

The announcement was made by the Office of Faculty Affairs on April 3. González Canché will officially begin using his new…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:33pm

A paper co-authored by IHE faculty members Karen Webber and Manuel González Canché has been selected by the board of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) as the Best Paper winner for 2016.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 4:23pm

Assistant Professor Manuel González Canché was named the recipient of the 2016 Promising Scholar/Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He was honored at an awards luncheon on Nov. 11 during the 2016 national ASHE…

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 5:12pm

Institute of Higher Education faculty receives reviewer certification for national studies

Manuel S. González Canché, assistant professor of higher education, has received certification as a reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse™ in…

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 12:59pm

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