Sam Riggs

Sam Riggs is a researcher at Education Northwest. His work examines the influence of structures, programs, and policies on postsecondary access and success. He has more than a decade of academic and professional experience in higher education. Sam received his doctorate in higher education from Penn State University, where he worked as a graduate assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Before that, he was an assistant director of admission at the University of Puget Sound.

I enjoy my work at Education Northwest because it provides me the opportunity to conduct actionable research while working collaboratively with practitioners and policymakers to improve outcomes for all students.

Senior Researcher

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Supporting Rural Oregon Students in High School and Beyond


May 26th, 2021

We collaborated with The Ford Family Foundation to study college outcomes for the 42 percent of Oregon’s high school students who attend a rural school.