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.
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.
Students in U.S. Higher Education
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
"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).