Funded Research and Dissertation Grants

Research Grants and Dissertation Grants are two components of the AIR Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions Grant Program. The program is supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

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The links below contain information about the funded Research Grants and Dissertation Grants for the years 2004-2014.

2014 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Thomas Bailey
Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
Award Amount: $39,997.00
Proposal Title: Noncredit Vocational Education in Community Colleges: Students, Enrollment Patterns, and Academic Outcomes
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Robert Toutkoushian
Institution: University of Georgia
Award Amount: $38,372.02
Proposal Title: How Parental Education Shapes the Postsecondary Plans and Outcomes of Students
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Lesley Turner
Institution: University of Maryland - College Park
Award Amount: $39,942.78
Proposal Title: Competition and Crowd-Out: Evidence from Local Higher Education Markets
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Paul Umbach
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $39,444.00
Proposal Title: College Remediation and Social Mobility
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2014 Dissertation Grant

Principal Investigator: Drew Allen
Institution: New York University / City University of New York
Award Amount: $20,000.00
Proposal Title: Understanding Multiple Developmental Education Pathways for Underrepresented Student Populations
Grant Program: NPEC

2013 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Gloria Crisp
Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Award Amount: $33,896.61
Proposal Title: Predicting Successful Remediation Among Hispanic Students
Forum Presentation: Predicting Successful Remediation among Latina/o Students
Final Report: Predicting Successful Mathematics Remediation among Latina/o Students
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Delaney
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award Amount: $38,744.45
Proposal Title: The Impact of Guaranteed Tuition Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Levels: A Difference-in-Difference Approach
Forum Presentation: The Impact of Guaranteed Tuition Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Levels and Other Outcomes: A difference-in-Difference Approach
Final Report: The Impact of Guaranteed Tuition Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Levels: A Difference-in-Difference Approach
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: David Knight
Institution: Pavilion Research
Award Amount: $38,793.23
Proposal Title: Data-driven Support for Students on the Path to College: Development of a Trajectory Model to Promote Informed and Prepared Candidates
Grant Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Yingyi Ma
Institution: Syracuse University
Award Amount: $38,770.05
Proposal Title: Entry and Degree Attainment in STEM: The Intersection of Race/Ethnicity and Gender
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Sklar
Institution: California Polytechnic State University
Award Amount: $38,793.19
Proposal Title: The Impact of Change of Major on Time to Bachelors Degree Completion with Special Emphasis on STEM Disciplines: A Multilevel Discrete-Time Hazard Modeling Approach
Forum Presentation: Impact of Change of Major on Time to Bachelor's Degree Completion with Special Empahsis on STEM Disciplines
Final Report: The Impact of Change of Major on Time to Bachelor’s Degree Completion with Special Emphasis on STEM Disciplines: A Multilevel Discrete-Time Hazard Modeling Approach
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Xueli Wang
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Award Amount: $38,793.04
Proposal Title: Toward Viable STEM Pathways from Community Colleges to 4-year Institutions: Course-taking Patterns of Community College STEM Transfers
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2013 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Bernadette Doykos
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Award Amount: $19,396.62
Proposal Title: Multiple Levers, Multiple Settings: Unpacking the Mechanisms for the Acquisition of Infomration and Support about the College Application Process Among Traditionally Underrepresented College-Going Youth
Grant Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Matthew Giani
Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Award Amount: $19,396.62
Proposal Title: Engines of Inequality or Vehicles for Social Mobility? The influence of Socioeconomic Status on the College-to-Career Pathways of High-Achieving, Low-income Students
Forum Presentation: The Postsecondary Resource Trinity Model: Exploring the Interaction Between Socioeconomic, Academic, and Institutional Resources
Final Report: The Postsecondary Resource Trinity Model: Exploring the Interaction between Socioeconomic, Academic, and Institutional Resources in Students’ College-to-Career Pathways
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Ning Jia
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Award Amount: $19,396.62
Proposal Title: Majoring in STEM? An Inquiry into the Major Choice of Native and Immigrant College Students
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Helen Kilber
Institution: University of Washington
Award Amount: $19,396.62
Proposal Title: A Field Experiment: Does Increasing Parents' "College Knowledge" Increase Their Children's SAT Registration and Completion Rates?
Grant Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Jeremy Tuchmayer
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $19,396.62
Proposal Title: The Community College Effect: A Comparison of Labor-Market Outcomes and Graduate School Attendance Rates of Community College Transfer and Native Students
Grant Program: NCES

2012 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Emmanuel Jean Francois
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Award Amount: $39,670
Proposal Title: Effect of Student Participation in Study Abroad on Persistence, Degree Attainment, and Time-to-Degree
Forum Presentation: Effect of Student Participation in Study Abroad on Persistence, Degree Attainment, and Time-to-Degree
Final Report: Effect of Student Participation in Study Abroad Persistence, Degree Attainment, and Time-to-Degree
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Lyle McKinney
Institution: University of Houston
Award Amount: $32,308
Proposal Title: Helping or Hindering? How Loan Borrowing Impacts Certificate and Associate’s Degree Attainment among Community College Students
Forum Presentation: Helping or Hindering? How Loans Impact Persistence among Community College Students
Final Report: Helping or Hindering? The Effects of Loans on Community College Student Persistence
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Karen L. Webber
Institution: University of Georgia
Award Amount: $39,624
Proposal Title: Doctorate Degree Completion: Equal Benefits For All?
Forum Presentation: Equal Benefits for All? Evidence From the Survey of Doctorate Recipients 1999-2008
Final Report: Benefits of the Earned Doctorate: Equal for All?
Grant Program: NCES & NSF

2012 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Sondra Nicole Barringer
Institution: University of Arizona
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: The Struggles of Higher Education: The Impact of Competition and Stakeholder Influence on College and University Finances 1980-2010
Forum Presentation: The Struggles of Higher Education: Organizational Interdependencies and Higher Education Finances
Final Report: Limitations on the Role of Stakeholders and the Diverse Effects of Market Conditions: College and University Finances, 1980-2012
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Jin Chen
Institution: Indiana University-Bloomington
Award Amount: $17,800
Proposal Title: Traditional Ways of Meeting Nontraditional Needs: How Financial Air Serves Nontraditional Students and Affects Their College Success
Forum Presentation: A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Financial Aid on Nontraditional Students' College Success: The Case of Two-Year Beginning Students
Final Report: Traditional Ways of Meeting Nontraditional Needs: A Longitudinal Investigation of the Effects of Financial Aid on Nontraditional Student College Success
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Rodney P. Hughes
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Award Amount: $19,757
Proposal Title: Essays on Admissions Matching and Associated Outcomes in the Market for Higher Education in the United States
Forum Presentation: Essays on Admissions Matching and Associated Outcomes in the Market for Higher Education in the United States
Final Report: Essays on Admissions Matching and Associated Outcomes in the Market for Higher Education in the United States
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Jihee Hwang
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Predictors of Student Success at For-Profit Colleges and Universities: A Focus on Completion Rate and Student Debt-to-Earnings Ratio
Forum Presentation: Advancing and Testing a Conceptual Model that Measures Student Success at For-profit Colleges and Universities
Final Report: Advancing and Testing a Conceptual Model that Measures Student Success at For-profit Colleges and Universities
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Robin LaSota
Institution: University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Award Amount: $19,913
Proposal Title: An Investigation of Factors and Decision-Making Processes that Influence Community College (CC) Students’ Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Forum Presentation: Factors, Practices, and Policies that Influence Students' Upward Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Programs
Final Report: Factors, Practices, and Policies Influencing Students' Upward Transfer to Baccalaureate-Degree Programs and Institutions: A Mixed Methods Dissertation
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Jungmin Lee
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Does Merit-Based Aid Improve College Affordability?: Testing the Bennett Hypothesis in the Era of Merit-Based Aid
Forum Presentation: Does Merit-Based Aid Improve College Affordability?: Testing the Bennett Hypothesis in the Era of Merit-Based Aid
Final Report: Does Merit-Based Aid Improve College Affordability?: Testing the Bennett Hypothesis in the Era of Merit-Based Aid
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Lian Niu
Institution: University of Florida
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Choosing a STEM Major: Family Socioeconomic Status, Individual, and Institutional Factors
Forum Presentation: Choosing a STEM Major: Family Socioeconomic Status, Individual, and Institutional Factors
Final Report: Choosing a STEM Major: Family Socioeconomic Status, Individual, and Institutional Factors
Grant Program: NCES & NSF

Principal Investigator: Ritu Sapra
Institution: Rutgers University
Award Amount: $16,500
Proposal Title: Do High School Graduates Attend College In-State or Out-of-State? The Role of Individual-Level and State-Level Factors
Forum Presentation: Do High School Graduates Attend College In-State or Out-of-State? The Role of Individual-Level and State-Level Factors
Final Report: Do High School Graduates Attend College In-State or Out-of-State? The Role of Individual-Level and State-Level Factors
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Gokhan Savas
Institution: Syracuse University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: An Intersectional Analysis of the Female Postsecondary Advantage: Gender, Race and College Selectivity
Forum Presentation: An Intersectional Analysis of the Female Postsecondary Advantage: Gender, Race and College Selectivity
Final Report: An Intersectional Analysis of the Female Postsecondary Advantage: Gender, Race and College Selectivity
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Shomon Shamsuddin
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Estimating the Effects of College Selectivity on Graduation Rates
Forum Presentation: Estimating the Effects of College Selectivity on Graduation Rates
Final Report: Selective Chances: Identifying the Causal Effect of College Selectivity on Bachelor's Degree Completion
Grant Program: NCES

2011 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Dr. Xueli Wang
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Award Amount: $39,378
Proposal Title: Modeling Student Entrance into STEM Fields of Study at Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions: Towards a Theoretical Framework of Motivation, High School Learning, and Postsecondary Context of Support
Forum Presentation: Factors Influencing Entrance into STEM Fields of Study: Motivation, High School Learning, and Postsecondary Context of Support
Final Report: Modeling Entrance Into Stems Fields of Study Among Students Beginning at Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Yonghong Xu
Institution: University of Memphis
Award Amount: $40,000
Proposal Title: College Graduates’ Persistence in STEM Career Paths: Influential Factors, Major-Based Comparisons, and Gender-Related Differences
Forum Presentation: Career Outcomes of STEM and non-STEM College Graduates: Persistence in Majored-field and Influential Factors in Career Choices
Final Report: Career Outcomes of Stem and Non-Stem College Graduates: Persistence in Majored-Field and Influential Factors in Career Choices and Advance to and Persistence in Gradute School: Identfiying the Infuential Factors and Major-Based Differences
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaekyung Lee and Dr. Lois Weis
Institution: University at Buffalo
Award Amount: $38,867
Proposal Title: High School Pathways to Postsecondary Education Destinations: Integrated Multilevel Analyses of NELS, ELS and NCES-Barron’s Datasets
Forum Presentation: High School Pathways to Postsecondary Education Destinations: Integrated Multilevel Analyses of NELS, ELS, and NCES-Barron's Datasets
Final Report: High School Pathways to Postsecondary Education Destinations: Integrated Multilevel Analyses of NELS, ELS, and NCES-Barron's Datasets
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nick Hillman
Institution: University of Utah
Award Amount: $39,100
Proposal Title: College on Credit: Student and Institutional Factors Associated with Default
Forum Presentation: College on Credit: A Multi-level Analysis of Student Loan Default
Final Report: College on Credit: A Multi-level Analysis of Student Loan Default
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alyssa Bryant Rockenbach
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $39,960
Proposal Title: Fostering Meaning, Purpose, and Enduring Commitments to Community Service in College: A Multidimensional Conceptual Model
Forum Presentation: Fostering Meaning, Purpose, and Enduring Commitments to Community Service in College: A Multidimensional Conceptual Model
Final Report: Fostering Meaning, Purpose, and Enduring Commitments to Community Service in College: A Multidimensional Conceptual Model
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2011 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Ms. Mina Dadgar
Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Balancing Work and Study: Evaluating the Effects of Community College Students’ Term-time Employment and Credential Type
Final Report: To Work or Not to Work? Understanding the Academic Consequences of Community College Students' Employment While Enrolled
Grant Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Sarah Ryan
Institution: University of California at Riverside
Award Amount: $19,800
Title: (Mis)Aligned Ambitions? Parent Resources, Student Alignment, and Piecing Together the Puzzle of Latino Postsecondary Attainment
Forum Presentation: Aligned Ambitions on the Path to College: Insights in the Hispanic College Puzzle
Final Report: ​(Mis)Aligned Ambitions? Parent Resources, Student Alignment, and Piecing Together the Hispanic College Puzzle
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Ms. Di Xu
Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Does Course Delivery Format Matter? Evaluating the Impacts of Online Learning on Student Success in a State Community College System
​Forum Presentation: Does Course Delivery Format Matter? Evaluating the Effects of Online Learning in a State Community College System Using an Instrumental Variable Approach
Final Report: Heterogeneity in Online Course Enrollments and Impacts
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2010 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Peter Bahr
Institution: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Award Amount: $39,000
Proposal Title: The “Black Hole” of Remedial Mathematics: Toward an Explanation for the Disparities in Successful Remediation between Severely, Moderately, and Mildly Deficient Community College Students
Final Report: The Aftermath of Remedial Math: Investigating the Low Rate of Certificate Completion among Remedial Math Students
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Michael Bastedo
Institution: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Award Amount: $39,000
Proposal Title: Stratification by Race and Gender: Tracking Change Across Four NCES Datasets
Forum Presentation: Stratification by Race and Gender: Tracking Change Across Four NCES Datasets
Final Report: Access without equity: Longitudinal analyses of institutional stratification by race and ethnicity, 1972-2004 (PDF)
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Rong Chen
Institution: Seton Hall
Award Amount: $39,000
Proposal Title: Do Colleges Matter? A Multilevel Hazard Analysis of Inequity in College Student Dropout Risks
Forum Presentation: Institutional Characteristics and College Student Dropout Risks: A Multilevel EVent History Analysis
Final Report: Institutional Characteristics and College Student Dropout Risks: A Multilevel EVent History Analysis
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Mark Engberg
Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Award Amount: $39,000
Proposal Title: Access to Postsecondary Education: The Interrelationships Among High Schools Contexts and Socioeconomic Status
Forum Presentation: The Interrelationships Among High Schools Contexts and Socioeconomic Status: An Examination of Enrollment Outcomes
Final Report: Access to Postsecondary Education: The Interrelationships among High School Contexts and Socioeconomic Status
Grant Program:NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Leslie Stratton
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Award Amount: $39,000
Proposal Title: Relating Socioeconomic Status to Enrollment Flows and College Success: Using the BPS:96/01 Data to Estimate a Competing Hazards Model
Forum Presentation: Relating Socioeconomic Status to Enrollment Flows and College Success
Final Report: Are Students Dropping Out or Are They Simply Dragging Out the College Experience? Persistence at the Six-Year Mark
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2010 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Flow-Delwiche
Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Award Amount: $17,000
Proposal Title: Is More Better? A Case Study of the Impact on Student Success due to a Policy Change for Placement in Developmental Mathematics Courses at a Community College Level
Forum Presentation: Is More Better? A Case Study of the Impact on Student Success due to a Policy Change for Placement in Developmental Mathematics Courses at a Community College Level
Final Report: Community College Developmental Mathematics: Is More Better?
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Matthew Gaertner
Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Award Amount: $19,000
Title: Assessing a New Approach to Class-Based Affirmative Action
Forum Presentation: Assessing a New Approach to Class-Based Affirmative Action
Final Report: Assessing a New Approach to Class-Based Affirmative Action
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Jiyun Kim
Institution: University of Michigan
Award Amount: $19,000
Proposal Title: An Analysis of the Effects of State Financial Aid Policy on the Timing of Postsecondary Enrollment: A Focus on Income and Race Differences
Forum Presentation: An Analysis of the Effects of State Financial Aid Policy on the Timing of Postsecondary Enrollment: A Focus on Income and Race Differences
Final Report: An Analysis of the Effects of State Financial Aid Policy on the Timing of Postsecondary Enrollment: A Focus on Income and Race Differences
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

2009 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Ty Cruce
Institution: Indiana University
Award Amount: $38,333
Proposal Title: The Choice of Formal Learning in the Third Age: The Role of Postsecondary Institutions in the Personal Development of Older Adults
Forum Presentation: Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: The Demand for Higher Education among Older Adults
Final Report: The Choice of Formal Learning in the Third Age: The Role of Postsecondary Institutions in the Personal Development of Older Adults
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigators: Jacob Gross & Don Hossler
Institution: Indiana University
Award Amount: $39,981
Proposal Title: Where and When: An Event History Analysis of Student Flow in Postsecondary Education
Forum Presentation: Where and When: An Event History Analysis of Student Flow in Postsecondary Education
Final Report: When and where: An event history analysis of student flow in postsecondary education
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigators: Yasuko Kanno & Jennifer Cromley
Institution: Temple University
Award Amount: $39,919
Proposal Title: English Language Learners' Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education
Forum Presentation: English Language Learners’ Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education
Final Report: English Language Learners’ Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigators: Ryan Wells & Tricia Seifert
Institutions: University of Massachusetts Amherst & The University of Iowa
Award Amount: $39,918
Proposal Title: The Incongruity Between Education Expectations and Enrollment Behaviors: The Effects of Gender and Social Capital Over Three Decades
Forum Presentation: Gender Incongruity
Final Report: Gender and Incongruity between Educational Expectations and College Enrollment: The Roles of Race, Social Class, and Significant Others
Grant Program: NCES

2009 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Ozan Jaquette
Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: The Relationship Financial Strain and the Production of Postgraduate Degree, 1970-2006
Forum Presentation: In Pursuit of Revenue and Prestige: The Adoption and Production of Master’s Degrees by U.S. Colleges and Universities,1969-2008
Final Report: In Pursuit of Revenge and Prestige: the Adopation and Production of Master's Degrees by U.S. Colleges and Universities
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Giljae Lee
Institution: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus
Award Amount: $20,000
Title: Moving Toward A Truer Picture: Factors Affecting Undergraduate Degree Completion and Time-to-Degree
Forum Presentation: Determinants of Baccalaureate Degree completion and Time to Degree for High School Graduates in 1992
Final Report: Determinants of Baccalaureate Degree completion and Time-to-Degree for High School Graduates in 1992
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC
*Recipient of the Cameron L. Fincher Award*

Principal Investigator: Sun Ah Lim
Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Ethnic and Racial Difference in Higher Education Attainment: Effects of Family Resources OR Effects of School Resources?
Forum Presentation: Ethnic and Racial Difference in Higher Education Access: Effects of Family and School Resources
Final Report: Ethnic and Racial Difference in Higher Education Access: Effects of Family and School Resources
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

Principal Investigator: Daniela Pineda
Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Exploring the Role of Hispanic Serving Institutions in Improving Latino Postsecondary Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Title V Program
Grant Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Cecilia Speroni
Institution: Teachers College
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast?
Forum Presentation: High School Dual Enrollment Programs
Final Report: High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast?
Grant Program: NPEC
*Recipient of the Charles I. Brown Award*

2008 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alicia Betsinger
Institution: Southwestern University
Award Amount: $21,733
Proposal Title: One Ranking to Rule Them All: Modeling U.S. News & World Report’s Predicted Graduation Rate
Grant Program: NCES
Forum Presentation: One Ranking to Rule Them All
Final Paper: One Ranking to Rule Them All: Modeling U.S. News & World Report's Predicted Graduation Rate

Principal Investigator: Dr. John Cheslock
Institution: University of Arizona
Award Amount: $39,960
Proposal Title: A Nonparametric Examination of the Prices Low-Income Students Face and the Payment Strategies They Utilize
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
Forum Presentation: A Nonparametric Examination of the Prices Low-Income Students Face and the Payment Strategies They Utilize
Final Paper: A Nonparametric Examination of the Prices Low-Income Students Face

Principal Investigator: Dr. Joy Gayles
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $39,781
Proposal Title: Effects of College on Degree Attainment: Women/Underrepresented Minorities in Sciences at Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
Forum Presentation: The Effects of College on Degree Attainment for Women and Underrepresented Minorities in the Sciences at Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Final Paper: The Effects of College on Degree Attainment for Women and Underrepresented Minorities in the Sciences at Four-year Colleges and Universities

Principal Investigator: Dr. Xiaoxia Newton
Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Award Amount: $40,000
Proposal Title: Making the Connection: High School Mathematics Course Taking and Pathways into Postsecondary STEM
Grant Program: NCES
Forum Presentation: Early Algebra and College Participation in STEM
Final Paper: Making the Connection: Timing of Taking Algebra in Secondary Schools and Future College STEM Participation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amaury Nora
Institution: University of Houston
Award Amount: $39,988
Proposal Title: Determinants of Transfer, Persistence and Degree Attainment among Hispanic Students who Enroll in Developmental Courses
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
Forum Presentation: Hispanic Student Success: Factors Influencing the Persistence and Transfer Decisions of Latino Community College Students Enrolled in Developmental Education
Final Paper: Hispanic Student Success: Factors Influencing the Persistence and Transfer Decisions of Latino Community College Students Enrolled in Developmental Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez
Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
Award Amount: $40,000
Proposal Title: Predicting Latino Students' College Participation: State, School, and Individual Effects
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
Forum Presentation: Predicting Latino Students' College Participation: State, School, and Individual Effects
Final Paper: Modeling a Multilevel Perspective on Latino Students’ College Participation: Student, School, and State-level Effects

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregory Palardy
Institution: University of California, Riverside
Award Amount: $40,000
Proposal Title: The Effect of High School Social Compositions on Student Educational Attainment
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
Forum Presentation: High School Social Class Composition and the Educational Attainment Pipeline
Final Paper: The Effect of High School Socioeconomic Composition on Student Attainment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicholas Wolfinger
Institution: University of Utah
Award Amount: $40,000
Proposal Title: Mid Career and Beyond in Academia
Grant Program: NSF
Forum Presentation: The Effects of Gender and Family Formation on Academic Retirements
Final Paper: Understanding Faculty Retirement: A Longitudinal Analysis using Data from the 1981-2003 Surveys of Doctorate Recipients

2008 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Carla Davey
Institution: University of Utah
Award Amount: $20,000
Title: A Historical and Predictive Examination of High School Extracurricular Participation
Grant Program: NPEC
Forum Presentation: A Predictive Examination of College Student Success with Cognitive, Noncognitive, High School Engagement and College Engagement Factors
Final Dissertation: Predicting College Student Success: A Historical And Predictive Examination of High School Activities And Accomplishments

Principal Investigator: David Horton
Institution: University of Florida
Award Amount: $19,999
Proposal Title: Persistence and Academic Success of Students Receiving Athletically-Related Aid from the Community College
Grant Program: NPEC
Forum Presentation: Comparative Study of the Persistence and Academic Success of Florida Community College Student-Athletes and Non-Athlete Students: 2004 to 2007
Final Dissertation: Comparative Study of the Persistence and Academic Success of Florida Community College Student-Athletes and Non-Athlete Students: 2004 to 2007

Principal Investigator: Sridhar Sitharaman
Institution: Claflin University
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Analysis of Faculty Salaries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Grant Program: NCES
Forum Presentation: Analysis of Faculty Salaries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Final Dissertation: Analysis of Faculty Salaries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Principal Investigator: Deborah Warnock
Institution: University of Washington
Award Amount: $20,000
Proposal Title: Money Matters: Parental Awareness of Financial Aid and Students' College Expectations, Preparedness, and Enrollment
Grant Program: NCES
Forum Presentation: When Does Money Matter? Parents’ Perceptions of Paying and Student’s College Expectations and Preparedness
Final Dissertation: When Does Money Matter? Examining the Effect of Parents’ Perceptions of Paying for College on Students’ Expectations and Preparedness Behaviors
*Recipient of the Cameron L. Fincher Award*

Principal Investigator: Kristen Williams
Institution: Ball State University
Award Amount: $19,661
Proposal Title: From Aspirations to Access: The Role of Place in Postsecondary Education for Urban and Rural Students
Grant Program: NPEC and NCES
*Recipient of the Charles I. Brown Award*
Forum Presentation: From Aspirations to Access: The Role of Place in the School Factors that Facilitate or Impede Postsecondary Education Attendance
Final Dissertation: From Aspirations to Access: The Role of Place in the Facilitators of and Barriers to Postsecondary Education Attendance

2007 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter Riley Bahr
Institution: Wayne State University
Award Amount: $29,998
Proposal Title: The Matthew Effect in Postsecondary Remediation: Testing the Efficacy of Remediation across Varying Depths and breadths of Under-Preparation
Grant Program: NPEC
Final Report as Presented at Forum: The ‘Matthew Effect’ in Postsecondary Remediation: Testing the Efficacy of Remediation across Varying Depths and Breadths of Under-Preparation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia B. Cerrito
Institution: University of Louisville
Award Amount: $30,000
Proposal Title: An Investigation of University Expectations at Work
Grant Program: NPEC
Forum Presentation: Internet Investigations of Text Material to Compare Programs Across Institutions
Final Report: An Investigation of University Expectations of Work

Principal Investigator: Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $30,000
Proposal Title: Connecting Faculty Employment Status and Student Outcomes in Community Colleges
Grant Program: NPEC
Final Report as Presented at Forum: Connecting Faculty Employment Status and Student Outcomes in Community Colleges

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dongbin Kim
Institution: University of Kansas
Award Amount: $30,000
Proposal Title: The Effects of Loans on Time to Doctoral Degrees
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report as Presented at Forum: The Effect of Loans on Time to Doctorate Degree: Differences by Race, Gender, and Field of Study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michal Kurlaender
Institution: University of California, Davis
Award Amount: $30,000
Proposal Title: College Readiness to Degree Completion: Remedial Replacement and Patterns of College Persistence Project Description
Revised Proposal Title: Postsecondary Preparation and Remediation: Examining the Effect of the Early Assessment Program at California State University
Grant Program: NPEC
Forum Presentation: Postsecondary Preparation and Remediation at Cal State
Final Report: College Readiness to Degree Completion: Remedial Placement and Patterns of College Persistence

Principal Investigators: Dr. Veronica Lotkowski, Dr. Tammie Cumming
Institution: National Learning and Achievement Organization
Award Amount: $29,882
Proposal Title: First Generation Community College Students: The Impact of College Experiences and Educational Outcomes on Educational Attainment
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
Forum Presentation: First Generation Community College Students
Final Report: First Generation Community College Students: The Impact of College Experiences and Educational Outcomes on Educational Attainment

Principal Investigators: Dr. Sukkyung You, Dr. Russell Rumberger
Institution: University of Southern California at Santa Barbara
Award Amount: $30,000
Proposal Title: Exploring School Effects on College Preparation of High School Students
Revised Proposal Title: Multilevel Analysis of Student Pathways to College
Grant Program: NPEC
Forum Presentation: Multilevel Analysis of Student Pathways to College
Final Report: Multilevel Analysis of Student Pathways to College

2007 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Nathan J. Daun-Barnett
Institution: University of Michigan
Award Amount: $15,000
Proposal Title: Preparation and Access: A Multilevel Analysis of State Policy Influences on Academic Preparation for Colleges
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report as Presented at Forum: Preparation and Access: A Multi-level Analysis of State Policy Influences on the Academic Antecedents to College Enrollment

Principal Investigator: Dai Li
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Award Amount: $15,000
Proposal Title: Should Transfer or Not: The Effects of Academic Match on Student Decision to Transfer
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
Forum Presentation: College Choice and Degree Attainment Among Transfer Students
Final Report: College Choice and Degree Attainment of Students Involved in Different Educational Pathways

Principal Investigator: Ketevan Mamiseishvili
Institution: Univeristy of Missouri
Award Amount: $15,000
Proposal Title: International Faculty in the United States: An Examination of Workload, Productivity and Satisfaction
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
Forum Presentation: International Faculty in the United States: An Examination of their Workload, Productivity, and Job Satisfaction
Final Report: International Faculty in the United States: An Examination of their Workload, Productivity, and Job Satisfaction

Principal Investigator: Allan Joseph Medwick
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Award Amount: $15,000
Title: Estimating the Effects of Spatial Correlation on Models Describing the Enrollment of Out-of-State Freshmen
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
*Recipient of the Cameron L. Fincher Award*
Forum Presentation: The Influence of Institutional and Geographic Factors on the Enrollment of Out-of-State Freshman at Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Final Report: Estimating the Effects of Spatial Correlation on Models Describing the Enrollment of Out-of-State Freshmen

Principal Investigator: Xueli Wang
Institution: The Ohio State University
Award Amount: $15,000
Proposal Title: Factors Predicting the Educational Pathways and Attainment of Baccalaureate Aspirants Beginning at Community Colleges
Grant Program: NPEC
Final Report as Presented at Forum: Factors Predicting the Educational Pathways and Attainment of Baccalaureate Aspirants Beginning at Community Colleges

Principal Investigator: Ryan Wells
Institution: University of Iowa
Award Amount: $15,000
Proposal Title: The Effects of Schools on the Educational Expectations of Children of Immigrants
Grant Program: NCES/NSF
*Recipient of the Charles I. Brown Award*
Forum Presentation: The Effects of High School Composition on the College Expectations of Children of Immigrants
Final Report: The Effects of Schools on the Educational Expectations of Children of Immigrants

2006 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Peter Riley Bahr
Proposal Title: Cooling Out as Institutional Racism
Institution: Wayne State University
Award Amount: $29,999
Program: NPEC
Final Report: Cooling Out in the Community College: What is the Effect of Academic Advising on Students' Chances of Success?

Principal Investigator: Patricia B. Cerrito
Proposal Title: Methods to Examine the Gatekeepers to Graduation
Institution: University of Louisville
Award Amount: $29,625
Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report: Methods to Examine the Gatekeepers to Graduation

Principal Investigator: Anne M. Hornak
Proposal Title: Making it (or not) on a Dime in College
Institution: University of Toledo
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES/NSF & NPEC
Final Report: Making it (or not) on a Dime in College

Principal Investigator: Shouping Hu
Proposal Title: State Paying for Grades and Student Decisions
Institution: Florida State University
Award Amount: $27,728
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Audrey J. Jaeger
Proposal Title: Is Freshman Retention a Consequence of Faculty Employment Status?
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $29,914
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey D. Kromrey
Proposal Title: Correlates of Decision Making: Factors Associated with Degree Completion and Employment
Institution: University of South Florida
Award Amount: $29,857
Program: NCES/NSF

Principal Investigator: C. Nathan Marti
Proposal Title: Beginning Community College Student Characteristics that Predict Postsecondary Persistence Trajectories
Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Award Amount: $29,680
Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report: Persistence Trajectories in Postsecondary Education: Implications for the Study of Beginning Community College Students

Principal Investigator: Tatiana Melguizo
Proposal Title: The Relationship between College Costs, Local Labor Market Conditions and Persistence among Community College Students
Institution: University of Southern California
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report: The Relationship between College Costs, Local Labor Market Conditions and Persistence among Community College Students

Principal Investigator: Stephen R. Porter
Proposal Title: Obtaining a Liberal Education and Breadth of Study: An Analysis of College Transcript Data
Institution: Iowa State University
Award Amount: $29,972
Program: NCES/NSF and NPEC

Principal Investigator: Vicki J. Rosser
Proposal Title: Measuring Female Faculty's Workload Productivity Over Time
Institution: University of Missouri-Columbia
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES/NSF

2006 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigators: Kristina M. (Goodwin) Cragg
Dissertation Chair: Douglas N. Harris, Ph.D.
Proposal Title: Matching Institutional Characteristics and Student Entry Characteristics for Student Success in Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Institution: Florida State University
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NCES/NSF
*Recipient of the Cameron L. Fincher Award*

Principal Investigators: Melissa L. Freeman
Dissertation Chair: Valerie Martin Conley, Ph.D.
Proposal Title: Gender, Geography, Transfer, and Baccalaureate Completion
Institution: Ohio University
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NCES/NSF and NPEC
Final Report: ​Gender, Geography, Transfer, and Baccalaureate Attainment
*Recipient of the Charles I. Brown Award*

2005 Research Grants

Principal Investigators: Thomas Bailey and Davis Jenkins
Proposal Title: Using State Student Record Data To Map Pathways to Success for Underserved Community College Students
Institution: Columbia University
Award Amount: $29,996
Program: NPEC
Final Report: Using State Student Record Data to Map Pathways to Success for Underserved Community College Students

Principal Investigator: Crystal Muhammad
Proposal Title: The Black-Black Educational Attainment Gap: Socio-Cultural and Academic Identity at a Crossroads
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $26,243
Program: NPEC
Final Report: The Black-Black College Enrollment Gap: The Role of Extracurricular Participation

Principal Investigator: Sara Goldrick-Rab
Proposal Title: How Complex Postsecondary Educational Transitions Shape Student Success
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NPEC
Final Report: How Complex Postsecondary Educational Transitions Shape Student Success 

Principal Investigator: James Wetzel
Proposal Title: Progress Towards a Degree: Comparison of Academic Degree Seeking Students from 90/94 and 96/01 BPS
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Award Amount: $29,209
Program: NCES/NSF
Final Report: Reported progress under the Student Right-to-Know Act: How reliable is it?

Principal Investigators: Laura Wilson-Gentry; Merrill Pritchett; , Daniel Martin; and Daniel Gerlowski
Proposal Title: Student Success and Web-Based Graduate Education
Institution: University of Baltimore
Award Amount: $29,941
Program: NPEC
Final Report: Graduate Online Education and Student Outcomes Success

Principal Investigators: Rachelle Brooks; Dennis Kivlighan; Janet Schmidt
Proposal Title: A Longitudinal Study of Student Success
Institution: University of Maryland
Award Amount: $29,882
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigators: Hansel Burley and Bonita Butner
Proposal Title: Predicting Remedial Students’ College Performance: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to A National Sample
Institution: Texas Tech University
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES/NSF and NPEC

Principal Investigator: Lamont Flowers
Proposal Title: Exploring Racial Differences in the Effects of College on Students’ Law School Admission Test Scores
Institution: University of Florida
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Paul Umbach
Proposal Title: Equity in the Academic Labor Market: An Analysis of Academic Disciplines
Institution: University of Iowa
Award Amount: $27,092
Program: NCES/NSF and NPEC
Final Report: Gender Equity in the Academic Labor Market: An Analysis of Academic Disciplines

2005 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Sandra Kortesoja
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Stephen L. DesJardins
Proposal Title: Factors Influencing Nontraditional Age Student Participation in Postsecondary Education
Institution: University of Michigan
Award Amount: 15,000
Program: NPEC
Final Report: Factors Influencing Nontraditional Age Student Participation in Postsecondary Education: How Do Student Motivations and Characteristics Relate to Adult Participation in Credential Programs?

Principal Investigator: Po Yang, Recipient of Charles I Brown Award
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Thomas R. Bailey
Proposal Title: A Generation on the Move: Education and Economic Attainment of Four-year College Transfer Students
Institution: Columbia University
Award Amount: 15,000
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Jeannette Colyvas
Dissertation Chair: Walter W. Powell
Proposal Title: Academic Entrepreneurship and Tranformation in University Science
Institution: Stanford University
Award Amount: 15,000
Program: NCES/NSF

Principal Investigator: Amanda Camp
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Diane Gilleland
Proposal Title: Higher Education's Impact on Women's Educational Attainment and Outcomes Across Science and Engineering Disciplines
Institution: University of Arkansas Little Rock
Award Amount: 15,000
Program: NCES/NSF and NPEC

Principal Investigator: Rong Chen
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Stephen L. DesJardins
Proposal Title: Exploring the Effects of Financial Aid on the Gap in Student Dropout Risks by Family Income
Institution: University of Michigan
Award Amount: 10,000
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Anna Chung, Recipient of the Cameron Fincher Award
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Edward St. John
Proposal Title: For-Profit College -- An Opportunity for Under-Served? Analysis of Educational and Economic Outcomes for Proprietary Students
Institution: Indiana University
Award Amount: 15,000
Program: NPEC

2004 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Dr. Consuelo Arbona and Dr. Amaury Nora
Proposal Title: Predicting College Attainment of Hispanic Students: Individual, Institutional, and Environmental Factors
Institution: University of Houston
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amy Caison
Proposal Title: Analysis of Institutionally-Specific Retention Research Methods: A Comparison Between Survey and Institutional Database Approaches
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $29,778
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lora Cohen-Vogel
Proposal Title: Allocating College Financial Aid on the Basis of Merit: Program Impact on Student Success in Terms of Whether and Where to Attend College
Institution: Florida State University
Award Amount: $29,998
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Mr. James Cole and Dr. David Bergin
Proposal Title: Association Between Motivation and General Education Standardized Test Scores
Institution: University of Missouri-Columbia
Award Amount: $29,932
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Ms. Kathryn Corder, Ms. Tracey Pattok, and Dr. Kevin Corder
Proposal Title: College Financing and College Completion: Using Ecological Inference to Investigate How Types of Aid Received Affects Retention and Graduation Outcomes
Institution: Western Michigan University
Award Amount: $20,606
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Kahn and Dr. Sharon Hamilton
Proposal Title: Enhancing Student Success Through Electronic Portfolios
Institution: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Wei-Cheng Mau, Dr. Randy Ellsworth, and Dr. Donna Hawley
Proposal Title: Finding Leakage in the Pipeline of Teacher Supply: Factors Influencing Youngsters to Aspire to and Stay in Teaching Careers
Institution: Wichita State University
Award Amount: $25,968
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Dr. Marvin Titus
Proposal Title: Examining the Private Benefit of Graduate Eduction: A Two-Stage Approach
Institution: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $25,776
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Toutkoushian
Proposal Title: Using NSOPF:99 to Examine the Effects of Gender, Race, and Family Status on the Careers of Faculty
Institution: Indiana University
Award Amount: $30,000
Program: NCES

2004 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigator: Ms. Audrey Alforque Thomas
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Mary Waters
Proposal Title: The Effect of the Immigrant Family Experience on College Application and Attendance
Institution: Harvard University
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NPEC

Principal Investigator: Ms. Kjersten Bunker Whittington
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Walter Powell
Proposal Title: Employment Sectors as Opportunity Structures: The Effects of Location on Male and Female Scientific Dissemination
Institution: Stanford University
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NSF

Principal Investigator: Mr. Fernando Lozano
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peter Kuhn
Proposal Title: High School Leadership Skills, Language Proficiency and the Educational Attainment of Hispanic Students
Institution: University of California
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Mr. Kevin Murphy, recipient of the Charles I Brown Award
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alan Clayton-Matthews
Proposal Title: Factors Affecting the Retention, Persistence, and Attainment of Undergraduate Students at Public Urban Four Year Higher Education Institutions
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Ms. Ann Person
Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Rosenbaum
Proposal Title: Institutional Characteristics and Student Success in Sub-Baccalaureate Education
Institution: Northwestern University
Award Amount: $15,000
Program: NCES

Principal Investigator: Ms. Josipa Roksa, Recipient of Cameron Fincher Award
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Arum
Proposal Title: States, Schools, and Students: Contextualizing Community College Outcomes
Institution: New York University
Award Amount: $14,980
Program: NCES