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Patricia J. Gumport, Director of SIHER - Dr. Gumport is Professor of Education at Stanford University. As principal investigator, she has managed over $16 million in funding. She recently led a national agenda-setting initiative that culminated in Beyond Dead Reckoning: Research Priorities for Redirecting American Higher Education. Her expertise extends across a wide range of topics in higher education, currently on academic collaboration, organizational restructuring and curricular change, public higher education system design, and case study methods in research and policy analysis. Publications include six books (three co-edited) and over sixty peer-reviewed articles, chapters and reports. Dr. Gumport has assisted in state and campus academic planning and advised policymakers and campus leaders in the U.S. and in seven countries.

Dr. Gumport holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Higher Education, a MA from Stanford in Sociology, and a BA (Phi beta kappa) in Philosophy and English from Colgate University. She has received, from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award (1998) and the Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award (1993). Other awards include Young Leader of the Academy Award (1998), Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education (1989-1991), and Outstanding Teaching Award from the Stanford School of Education (1995).

Anthony Lising Antonio, Associate Director - Dr. Antonio is Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University. Dr. Antonio’s work focuses on access and equity, the impact of diverse campuses on student outcomes, and the sociology of student friendship groups. He has written several articles and papers on the impact of diversity on college students, work widely cited in amicus briefs written for affirmative action cases for the University of Michigan, and has co-authored the major SIHER report on K–16 policy reform, Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K–12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations.

Dr. Antonio received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Higher Education from UCLA and holds engineering degrees from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. With his co-authors, he was awarded the American Educational Research Association (Division J) Publication of the Year Award, in 1999. He recently received the Early Career Scholar Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development, Review of Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, and Change.

Bernadine Chuck Fong, Visiting Scholar - Dr. Fong brings 36 years of experience as a community college faculty member, also having served as dean, vice-president, and president of Foothill College. With expertise in organizational transformation and faculty development, she is known for her accomplishments as a reformer and leader in meeting the contemporary challenges of community colleges. She provides guidance to higher education leaders more broadly through professional presentations and on national boards for such organizations as the American Association of Higher Education, National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, American Association of Community Colleges, and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Michael Kirst, Associate Director - Dr. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. A prolific writer, he has authored ten books, including Schools in Conflict: Political Turbulence in American Education (with F. Wirt, 1992), Federal Aid to Education , and Who Controls our Schools (with W.H. Freeman, 1984). He has published on school finance politics, curriculum politics, intergovernmental relations, and education reform. Dr. Kirst disseminates his research through formal academic outlets, but also uses newspaper opinion pages, media interviews, appearances on radio and TV and a blog: The College Puzzle.

Dr. Kirst received his bachelor's degree (Phi beta kappa) in economics from Dartmouth College, his M.P.A. in government and economics from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. He is Co-Director of Policy Analysis for California Education, a California state education policy research group funded by the Hewlett Foundation. Dr. Kirst has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Education since 1979, vice-president of the American Educational Research Association, commissioner of the Education Commissions of the States, and associate editor of the Journal of Educational Evaluation and Policy .

Richard Shavelson, Senior Researcher - Dr. Shavelson is Professor of Education and Psychology, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His current research examines accountability and the assessment of student outcomes, both in K-12 education and higher education. Dr. Shavelson was dean of the Stanford School of Education from 1995 to 2000, and has chaired the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Testing and Assessment.

Research Assistants - SIHER is linked with Stanford's higher education PhD program. Under close faculty supervision, doctoral students acquire skills in research and policy analysis. The program has a strong reputation for preparing both faculty and researchers in nonprofits.

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