Doctoral Student

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Jennifer May-Trifiletti is a doctoral student in the Institute of Higher Education and a UGA Presidential Fellow. She works as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Jim Hearn studying colleges’ athletics strategies and their effects using a custom longitudinal dataset. Jennifer also works with Dr. Rob Toutkoushian and former IHE post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ashley Clayton studying college access and success for first-generation college students.

Jennifer’s own research focuses on how institutional characteristics, policies, and initiatives affect student access and success, especially in community colleges. Her dissertation will examine striving strategies in community colleges and their effects on access and equity. Her focus on institution-level policies and characteristics builds on her institutional research background and reflects an interest in helping college leaders design and implement policies promoting access and success. Jennifer primarily employs quasi-experimental and other rigorous quantitative methods to study these issues.

Jennifer has presented papers at the conferences of 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 Drs. Toutkoushian and Clayton has been published in Educational Policy.

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 IHE, Jennifer worked in institutional research at Massasoit Community College (Brockton, MA) and Tufts University.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:58am

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

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.  

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 postdoctoral associate).