Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in
particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and
success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on
alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both
community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In
addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely
with administrative data from all three of California’s public
higher education sectors–the University of California, the
California State University and the California Community College
Kurlaender also studies the impact of racial and ethnic diversity
on student outcomes. She is an expert on the dismantling of
federal mandatory and voluntary K-12 school desegregation plans
and persistent inequalities in segregated minority schools,
including access to adequate classroom resources and good
teachers. She has worked with several school districts that have
undergone major changes in enrollment as a result of legal
education policy; program evaluation; educational stratification
and inequality; Access and success in postsecondary schooling;
K-12 school desegregation; economics of education;
quantitative methods; sociology of education
Ed.D. (2005) Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ed.M. (1997) Harvard University Graduate School of Education
B.A. (1995) University of California, Santa Cruz
Kurlaender, M. & Larsen, M. (2013). “K-12 and
Postsecondary Alignment: Racial/Ethnic Differences in Freshmen
Course-taking and Performance at California’s Community
Colleges.” Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (16):
Kurlaender, M. and Grodsky, E. (2013). “Mismatch and the
Paternalistic Justification for Selective College Admissions.”
Forthcoming, Sociology of Education. (Pre-publication
Howell, J., Kurlaender, M. & Grodsky, E. (2010).
Postsecondary Preparation and Remediation: Examining the Effect
of the Early Assessment Program at California State University.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29 (4):
Reardon, S. and Kurlaender, M. (2009). Effects of the
California High School Exit Exam on Student Persistence,
Achievement, and Graduation, Policy Analysis for California
Education, Policy Brief.
Long, B. T. and Kurlaender, M. (2009). Do Community Colleges
Provide a Viable Pathway to a Baccalaureate Degree?
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 31
Reports and Presentations
Kurlaender, M., and Jackson, J. (September 2013).
Identifying Indicators of College Readiness and Success.
Presentation to the Advisory Committee for the Public
Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) of 1999. Download slides below.