Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender is Professor of Education Policy and Chancellor Fellow at the University of California, Davis.  Her work explores students' educational pathways, more specifically access to and success in college, alignment of public K-12 and postsecondary systems of education, and alternative pathways to college and careers. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community College systems. She is leading a collaborative project with the California Department of Education (funded by the Institute of Education Sciences) to investigate California’s college and career readiness standards in the era of common core assessments. Kurlaender also studies the impact of racial and ethnic diversity on student outcomes and has expertise on persistent inequalities in segregated minority schools, including access to adequate classroom resources and good teachers. Kurlaender sits on several advisory groups for the California Department of Education, including the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, and the College/Career Indicator. At UC Davis she leads the research portfolio of Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research and is on the advisory committee of the Center for Poverty Research.


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