Karen Webber and Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) appear in Research in Higher Education. Noting the upward trend in borrowing among graduate and professional students, Webber and Burns investigate the implications on students and institutions and on policy development.
Lindsay Coco (PhD 2015) has been named by the University of Georgia in its inaugural group of Unsung Heroes. This recognition highlights the contributions of "outstanding staff members who have played an essential role in keeping UGA running smoothly during the COVID-19 pandemic."
As the assistant director for initiatives in the Division of Academic Enhancement, Lindsay helps students overcome major challenges during the pandemic (like loss of employment, no access to internet, and no computer) and continue progress toward their degrees.
Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) and Meredith Billings (Postdoc, 2017-2019) present Causal Inference for Policy Analysis in Higher Education on Friday, October 30 from 12:00-1:30 eastern.
Daniel Thompson (EdD 2015) was promoted in May to senior education research analyst in the Federal Student Aid office at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he monitors institutional management of Federal Student Aid Title IV funds, performs program reviews, and educates institutions on compliance with federal policies.
Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) was quoted in two articles at the end of July on tuition in the pandemic: one in the Washington Post and another in Education Dive.
The Post article, "Discount, Freeze or Increase? How Universities are Handling Tuition this Fall," addresses the multifaceted challenges faced by higher education institutions and share some approaches implemented across the US. "We can't talk about prices without talking about costs," said Gándara.
Maya Mapp became the Student Government & Leadership Coordinator at the University of California Santa Cruz in August 2020.
In this position, Maya mentors and supports SGA officers, particularly in their leadership development, budgeting and finance, programming, and compliance.
Marion Fedrick, president of Albany State University and member of the current IHE executive doctoral program cohort, chairs an important advisory committee to review and study the names of buildings and colleges on all University System of Georgia (USG) campuses.
In a press release announcing the committee, Chancellor Steve Wrigley noted, "USG’s mission is knowledge, and this action today is a step toward addressing how communities understand the history and context involving our campuses.”
Bryan McAllister-Grande and Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) produced a white paper for NAFSA entitled "International Higher Education Research: State of the Field."
Welch Suggs (PhD 2009) shares his extensive experience and research of intercollegiate sports with Inside Higher Ed podcast series, The Key.
He notes that there are "still more question marks than periods" and reviews the many disparate forces factoring into athletic program decisions as some schools start athlete workouts while others shutter programs.
Dr. Tracey Ford (Ed.D. 2002) was named vice provost and dean of student affairs at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, effective July 1.
Denisa Gandara (PhD 2016) and Amanda Rutherford find evidence that performance-based funding models lead to fewer first-generation enrollments.
Their investigation of public 4-year institutions between 2001-2014 appears in Educational Researcher.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Ron Newcomb (Ed.D. 2011) in its list of top 100 metroAtlanta leaders in education. The Who's-Who list appeared in the May 18 issue.
Newcomb is president of Chattahoochee Technical College, the largest technical college in Georgia.
Anthony Leigh (EdD 2019) was honored by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils of Huntingdon College as Staff Member of the Year.
Anthony, who serves as the senior vice president for student and institutional development, tries to celebrate the many ways that Huntingdon students involve themselves in the life of the college.
Twenty IHE graduates and faculty members from across the US met on Monday to talk through experiences and responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Knapp shared leadership insights and inspiration drawn from his career, including his tenure as UGA president in the 1990s.
Graduates, currently serving in a variety of roles in public universities, private colleges, state systems offices, and professional associations, participated in the strong discussion.
Co-chair Jeff Stein (EdD 2017) offered his thanks to the 40-member Strategic Planning committee for their contribution to the newly launched 10-year plan for Elon University.
“Thank you for your dedication to this community and to building our shared future," said Jeff at a reception launching the new strategic plan. "If you ever have doubts about the future or what higher education will look like in 2030, here is your answer and inspiration," Jeff concluded.
Kelly Rosinger (PhD 2015) is a co-author on the National Bureau of Economic Research's working paper "Nudging at Scale: Experimental Evidence from FAFSA Completion Campaigns." The research team tested the national scaleability of programs designed to remind students to apply for financial aid and included a data sample of over 800,000 students. While these interventions show positive results at local level, the team found no impact at the state or national level.
Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) & Karen Webber are published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid (vol. 48, issue 3).
While the overall story is that education-related debt is on the rise, Webber and Burns seek to add greater detail to the trend by comparing disciplinary groups. They used NPSAS 2012 data to examine graduate student debt for STEM versus non-STEM students who were enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in 2012.
Timothy Letzring (EdD 1994) has been appointed senior associate provost for academic affairs at the University of Central Florida. His broad portfolio includes academic program development, planning, and assessment. He will partner with stakeholders throughout campus to improve the effectiveness of the UCF educational experience.
Ali Hamilton (MEd 2016) co-authored a research article published in the spring 2019 issue of Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad with colleagues Donald Rubin, Michael Tarrant, and Mikkel Gleason.
Leasa Weimer (PhD 2013) served as the principal investigator for a study commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture that investigated the internationalization at home (IAH) "state of arts" in Finnish higher education and research institutes.
Kelly Rosinger (Ph.D. 2015) co-authored an article in Educational Researcher (volume 48, issue 5) on potential pitfalls of using Pell Grant eligibility to estimate income data in research. Rosinger and co-author, Karly S. Ford, acknowledge the attractiveness of using grant status as a commonly available marker for identifying lower income students. Drawing comparisons with the free and reduced-price lunch data, the authors note that researchers have investigated the appropriateness and limitations of lunch data.
Yarbrah Peeples (Ph.D. 2012) is the new Senior Regional Director, East for the national College Advising Corps (CAC). She will be guiding and supporting initiatives that expand CAC’s reach and also deepen its impact across eight states in the Southeast and Northeast.
Yarbrah will provide leadership and support to the four eastern regional directors, cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and senior university leaders, and identifying and advancing new opportunities for expansion.
The recently published book, Unequal Higher Education (2019, Rutgers University Press), by Barrett Taylor and former IHE postdoctoral associate, Brendan Cantwell, appears in the Bookshelf section of the May 24, 2019 issue of The Chronicle. In "More Diverse, Still Stratified: Colleges Fall Short on Offering 'Good Value' Spots," Peter Monaghan provides a lengthy summary of the timely book.
Alumna Heidi Scheusner Leming (PhD ’13) has received the 2019 John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer from the leading student affairs organization, NASPA, Region III.
Alumnus Jeff Stein (EdD, 2017) has been named vice president for strategic initiatives at Elon University where he has been serving as an associate vice president and the chief of staff under two Elon presidents.
In his new role, Stein will oversee creation and implementation of Elon’s next 10-year strategic plan and support special projects and partnerships between the university and local and regional governments and organizations. Jeff will also oversee Elon’s Office of Cultural and Special Programs. He is also an assistant professor of English.