Awilda Rodriguez

Associate Professor, School of Education


(734) 647-2130


610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Awilda Rodriguez is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Her research is at the intersection of higher education policy, college access and choice, and the representation of Black, Latino, low-income and first-generation students in postsecondary education.

Her most recent project examines issues of equity in access to rigorous high school coursework and was recently named a William T. Grant Scholar to further this line of inquiry. Along with many policy reports and contributions to edited volumes, Rodriguez’s work has been published in Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and previously worked as a research fellow at American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Higher Education Reform as well as a research associate at The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.


Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 561
Introduction to Higher Education

Provides an overview of the postsecondary education system in the United States; examines the major features of this system and explores its effects; explores effects of various professional and disciplinary perspectives on the study of postsecondary education viewed as an interdisciplinary field.

EDUC 684
Students in U.S. Higher Education

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Examines trends and changes in the characteristics of college students and institutions they attend (cohort changes), research issues related to college impact research (student changes), and emerging theories and methodologies that address the consequences of attending college. The course is intended to provide a broad introduction to conducting research on students in a broad range of developmental and sociological areas.

Selected Publications

"Tradeoffs and Limitations: Understanding the Estimation of College Undermatch."

Rodriguez, A. Research in Higher Education (under review).

"School and Student-Level Factors Predicting Voluntary Participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme."

May, H., Rodriguez, A., Sirinides, P.M., Perna, L.W., Yee, A., & Ransom, T. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (under review).

"The Road to Undermatch: Understanding the Differences Between White and Latino Student Predictors of Undermatch."

Rodriguez, A. Journal of Latino – Latin American Studies (forthcoming).

"Access to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme: An exploration of opportunity to rigorous high school curricula."

Perna, L.W., May, H., Yee, A., Ransom, T., Rodriguez, A., & Fester, R. Educational Policy (forthcoming).


Award Start Date
Sep 30, 2020
Award End Date
Sep 29, 2021
Award Start Date
Mar 01, 2018
Award End Date
Aug 31, 2018