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 2004-2013.

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
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
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
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
 
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
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
Grant Program: NCES
 
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?
Final Report: Benefits of the Earned Doctorate: Equal for All?
Grant Program: NCES & NSF
 

2012 Dissertation Grants

Grant Program: NCES
 
Grant Program: NCES
 
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
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC
 
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
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
Grant Program: NCES & NSF
 
Grant Program: NCES
 
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
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 Destintions: 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 (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Final Report: Institutional Characteristics and College Student Dropout Risks: A Multilevel EVent History Analysis (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Final Report: Access to Postsecondary Education: The Interrelationships among High School Contexts and Socioeconomic Status (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Final Report:: Are Students Dropping Out or Are They Simply Dragging Out the College Experience? Persistence at the Six-Year Mark (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Final Report: Community College Developmental Mathematics: Is More Better? (PDF)
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 (PDF)

Final Report: Assessing a New Approach to Class-Based Affirmative Action (PDF)
Grant Program: NCES & NPEC

 

2009 Research Grants

 
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 (PDF)
Forum Presentation: Where and When: An Event History Analysis of Student Flow in Postsecondary Education (PDF)
Final Report: When and where: An event history analysis of student flow in postsecondary education (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Forum Presentation: English Language Learners’ Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education (PDF)
Final Report: English Language Learners’ Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Forum Presentation: Gender Incongruity (PDF)
Final Report: Gender and Incongruity between Educational Expectations and College Enrollment: The Roles of Race, Social Class, and Significant Others (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Forum Presentation: In Pursuit of Revenue and Prestige: The Adoption and Production of Master’s Degrees by U.S. Colleges and Universities,1969-2008 (PDF)
Final Report: In Pursuit of Revenge and Prestige: the Adopation and Production of Master's Degrees by U.S. Colleges and Universities (PDF)
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 (PDF)
Forum Presentation: Determinants of Baccalaureate Degree completion and Time to Degree for High School Graduates in 1992 (PDF)
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? (PDF)
Forum Presentation: Ethnic and Racial Difference in Higher Education Access: Effects of Family and School Resources (PDF)
Final Report: Ethnic and Racial Difference in Higher Education Access: Effects of Family and School Resources (PDF)
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 (PDF)
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? (PDF)
Forum Presentation: High School Dual Enrollment Programs (PDF)
Final Report: High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast? (PDF)
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: Betsinger 282
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Betsinger 2008

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: Cheslock 402
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Cheslock 2008

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: Gayles 162
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Gayles 2008

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: Newton 549
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Newton 2008

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: Nora 426
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Nora 2008

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: Nunez 161
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Nunez 2008

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: Palardy 547
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Palardy 2008

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: Wolfinger 329
Final Paper: Final Research Paper Wolfinger 2008

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: Davey 284
Final Dissertation: Final Dissertation Davey 2008

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: Horton 285
Final Dissertation: Final Dissertation Horton 2008

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: Sitharaman 312
Final Dissertation: Final Dissertation Sitharaman 2008

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: Warnock 160
Final Dissertation: Final Dissertation Paper Warnock 2008
*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: Williams 550
Final Dissertation: Final Dissertation Williams 2008

2007 Research Grants

 
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: Cerrito Final Report
 
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: Kurlaender Final Report

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: Cumming Final Paper
 

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: You Final Report

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: Li Final Paper

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: Mamiseishvili Final Paper
 
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: Medwick Final Report
 

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: Wells Final Paper

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: Bahr-Final_NPEC_06-528.pdf
 

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: Cerrito Final Report

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: Hornak_Final_06-520.pdf

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: Marti_Final_06-521.pdf

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: Melguizo_Final_06-516.pdf

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: Freeman_Final_06-494.pdf
*Recipient of the Charles I. Brown Award*

2005 Research Grants

Principal Investigator: 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: Bailey_final 05-207.pdf

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: Muhammad_ final 05-211.pdf

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:Goldrick_final Report_05-214.pdf

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: Stratton Wetzel_ final 05-220.pdf

Principal Investigator: 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
Fianl Report: Gentry_final 05-223.pdf

Principal Investigator: 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 Investigator: 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

2005 Dissertation Grants

Principal Investigators: 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:Kortesoja_ final 05-402.pdf

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: 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

Principal Investigators: 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

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