Stephen L. DesJardins

Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professor of Education; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy; Evaluation Faculty Lead

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(734) 647-1984

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Location

Mailbox 2108/2117
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Stephen L. 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. He is also on the editorial board of Economics of Education Review, is a contributing editor to Research in Higher Education, and is the methodology section editor for Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

DesJardins received a BS in economics from Northern Michigan University, an MA in policy analysis and labor economics from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in higher education with a concentration in research and evaluation methods, also from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining academia, he worked in market research in the private sector and was a policy analyst and institutional researcher for 13 years at the University of Minnesota.
 

Courses

Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 799
Categorical and Limited Dependent Variable Modeling

Advanced course addresses how to remedy the statistical and analytic problems that arise when researchers are faced with categorical and limited dependent variables. Emphasis on learning the statistical properties of these models and interpreting how the results produced can be used to inform educational decision-making.

EDUC 863
Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
 
Considers the processes by which both long-range and short-range decisions may be made in institutions of higher education ; especially considers the uniqueness of planning, governing, and decision-making processes occasioned by participation of expert and semi-autonomous professional employees.

Selected Publications

"The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program on College and Post-College Related Choices of High Ability, Low-Income Minority Students."

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall. (In Press). Economics of Education Review.
 

"Taking Algebra II in High School: Does it Increase College Access and Success?"

Jeongeun Kim, Jiyun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Brian P. McCall (In Press). Journal of Higher Education.
 

"Preparing Students for College and Careers: The Causal Role of Algebra II."

Matt Gaertner, Jeongeun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Katherine McClarty. (In Press). Research in Higher Education.
 

"Investigating the Impact of Financial Aid on Student Dropout Risks: Racial and Ethnic Differences."

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2010). Journal of Higher Education, 81(2): 179-208.
 

"A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of How the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is Related to College Students’ Time Use and Activities."

Stephen L. DesJardins, Brian P. McCall, Molly Ott, and Jiyun Kim (2010). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32(4): 456-475.
 

"Simulating the Effects of Financial Aid Packages on College Student Stopout and Reenrollment Spells and Graduation Chances." 

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall (2010). Review of Higher Education, 33(4): 513-541. 
 

"Investigating the Impact of Financial Aid on Student Dropout Risks: Racial and Ethnic Differences." 

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2010) Journal of Higher Education, 81(2): 179-208.
 

"A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of How the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is Related to College Students’ Time Use and Activities."

Stephen L. DesJardins, Brian P. McCall, Molly Ott, and Jiyun Kim (2010). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32(4): 456-475.
 

"Simulating the Effects of Financial Aid Packages on College Student Stopout and Reenrollment Spells and Graduation Chances."  

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall (2010). Review of Higher Education, 33(4): 513-541.
 

"Estimating the Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on Student College Choice."

Rodney Andrews, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Vimal Ranchhod (2010). Economics of Education Review, 29(5): 722-737.
 

"Exploring the Effects of Student Expectations about Financial Aid on Postsecondary Choice: A Focus on Income and Racial/Ethnic Differences."

Jiyun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and McCall, Brian P. (2009). Research in Higher Education, 50: 741-774.
 

"Exploring the Effects of Financial Aid on the Gap in Student Dropout Risks by Income Level." 

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2008). Research in Higher Education, 49(1): 1-18.
 

"Adding a Statistical Wrench to the Toolbox."

Stephen L. DesJardins and Nathan Lindsay (2008). Research in Higher Education, 49(2): 172-179.
 

"The Effects of Interrupted Enrollment on Graduation from College: Racial, Income, and Ability Differences."

Stephen L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall (2006). Economics of Education Review, 25(6): 575-590.
 

"An Integrated Model of Application, Admission, Enrollment, and Financial Aid."

Stephen L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall (2006). Journal of Higher Education 77(3): 381-429. 
 

Grants

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Sep 27, 2017
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Sep 26, 2019
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Mar 01, 2016
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Mar 01, 2017
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Sep 02, 2012
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Sep 01, 2013
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Apr 01, 2012
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Apr 01, 2013
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Mar 01, 2012
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Mar 01, 2013
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Jun 01, 2010
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Jun 01, 2011
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Jun 01, 2007
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Jan 01, 2008
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May 01, 2007
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Aug 31, 2007
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Dec 01, 2004
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Nov 01, 2007
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Feb 07, 2000
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Jan 07, 2002