Hee Jung Gong

Research Investigator

Hee Jung Gong is a research investigator working on Dr. Michael Bastedo’s research team. Hee Jung collaborates on projects related to research and practices such as holistic admissions, test-optional/binding policies, and early admissions policies to improve equity, diversity, and access to college admissions. Her current research interests include college access and success, educational policy and program evaluation, and students’ learning and outcomes.

Hee Jung earned her PhD from the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education and a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from the University of Georgia. She is a recipient of the AERA-NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (2019-2020) and the Thomas G. Dyer Outstanding Dissertation Research Award (2020-2021). In her dissertation, she examined the implementation and consequences of early admissions policies using both advanced quantitative and qualitative method approaches.

Hee Jung is currently a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practices in NASPA (2020-2023) and the Rising Scholars Editorial Board (2021-2022) in Journal of Student Financial Aid. Prior to the full-time postdoc position at the University of Michigan, she worked at Student Affairs at the University of Georgia, the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI), Undergraduate Admissions office at Sookmyung Women’s University, and the center for global higher education at Yonsei University.


The MAC is a practice-to-research center where academic researchers and admissions professionals collaborate to design, think about, and disseminate research ideas to improve admissions policy and practice, across both national and international contexts.