Faculty Profile

Michal Kurlaender
Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow

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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 systems.
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 challenges.

Email: mkurlaender@ucdavis.edu

She serves on the executive committee of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. She is the UC Davis site director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center and is a researcher with the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Downloadable Working Papers and Presentations:

Stevens, A., Kurlaender, M.  and Grosz, M. Career Technical Education And Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence From California Community Colleges

Identifying Indicators of College Readiness & Success, a Presentation to the Advisory Committee for the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) – September 6, 2013

Research Interests

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

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

Select Publications

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.

Kurlaender, M., Jackson, J. and Howell, J. (September 2012). K–12 Postsecondary Alignment and School Accountability: Investigating High School Responses to California’s Early Assessment Program.  Research Brief of the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

Kurlaender, M. and Howell, J. (December 2012). Academic Preparation for College: Evidence on the Importance of Academic Rigor in High School.  Background Paper of the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

Kurlaender, M. and Howell, J. (September 2012). Collegiate Remediation: A Review of the Causes and Consequences. Literature Brief of the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

Kurlaender, M., Grodsky, E., Agronow, S., Horn, C. (2011). State Standards, the SAT, and Admission to the University of California. Policy Brief, Policy Analysis for California Education.

Reardon, S. and Kurlaender, M. (2009). Effects of the California High School Exit Exam on Student Persistence, Achievement, and Graduation. Policy Brief, Policy Analysis for California Education.

Kurlaender, M., Reardon, S., & Jackson, J. (2008). Middle School Predictors of High School Achievement in Three California School Districts. A Report Released by the California Dropout Research Project.

Kurlaender, M. (2006) The Benefits of Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education. Written testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Awards and Honors

  • National Academy of Education, Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-10
  • University of California Davis,  Faculty Development Award, 2008
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Roy Larsen Research Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1999-2001

 Professional Activities and Service

Courses

  • Education and Social Policy
  • Research Design
  • Economics of Education
  • Quantitative Methods in Education Research
  • Applied Data Analysis

Funded Research

  • Ready or Not? California’s Early Assessment Program and the Transition to College. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education—$1,800,000 (2010)
  • Understanding Barriers and Examining Interventions: A Project to Study Postsecondary Access and Success Using State Administrative Data. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—$350,000 (2009)
  • The Effects of Institutional Practices on Postsecondary Trajectories: Matriculation, Persistence and Time to Degree. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education—$470,808 (2007)
  • College Readiness to Degree Completion: Remedial Placement and Patterns of College Persistence. Association for Institutional Research—$30,000 (2007)
  • Early Predictors of High School Dropout. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—$15,000 (2007)
 
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