The National Academy of Education has awarded Michal Kurlaender a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in recognition of her significant contributions to education research. Spencer’s program supports early career scholars working in critical ares of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving the National Academy of Education members.
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.