Michal Kurlaender Named Among Most Influential Education Researchers
Associate Professor of Education Michal Kurlaender has been named among the 200 most influential education researchers in the country.
Of more than 20,000 education faculty in the U.S., Kurlaender was recognized as one of the most influential for her ability to translate her research in settings outside of academe. The 2014 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings honor is bestowed by the American Enterprise Institute’s director of Education policy studies Frederick M. Hess who explained, “The rankings offer novel ways of assessing the influence that scholars are having” in the public arena.
Kurlaender, an education policy expert on college readiness, desegregation, and the impact of racial and ethnic diversity on student outcomes, frequently shares her research and expertise with legislative committees, media and advocacy/policy organizations.
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.