Thursday, October 04, 2018

Professor Stephen DesJardins appointed Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professor of Education


The Regents of the University of Michigan approved the appointment of Professor Stephen L. DesJardins to the Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professorship in Education, effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2023. The Collegiate Professorship recognizes DesJardins’s extraordinary scholarly contributions to higher education and public policy.

DesJardins teaches courses related to public policy in higher education, economics and finances in postsecondary education, statistical methods, and institutional research and policy analysis. His research interests include student transitions from high school to college, what happens to students once they enroll in college, the economics of postsecondary education, and applying new statistical techniques to the study of these issues. Current projects are examining what factors are related to student loan default; how the courses students take in high school affect subsequent educational outcomes; and a number of evaluations of the effects of state policies on higher education outcomes. His research has been published widely in education and economics journals.

The professorship is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Marvin W. Peterson who served on the faculty for nearly 40 years, including 20 years as Director for the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.

Stephen L. DesJardins is Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professor of Education; Professor, Ford School of Public Policy

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