Michelle conducts quantitative research on the high school to college transition through longitudinal data systems and uses mixed-methods to evaluate the impact of programs on students’ college readiness and success. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she worked at the Community College Research Center. She has published and presented widely on major issues affecting community colleges, including how to improve the assessment and placement process for incoming students and the effects of developmental education on student outcomes. As a child of life-long educators and a former classroom teacher herself, Michelle is passionate about conducting practitioner-oriented research that supports efforts to close the achievement gap and improve the educational outcomes of all students.
Through my work with REL Northwest, I have the unique opportunity to bring research to practitioners and policymakers and be involved in evidence-based decisionmaking.