Staff Profile California Education Lab

Elizabeth Zeiger Friedmann

Research Fellow

Betsey Friedmann is a research fellow at Wheelhouse and the California Education Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Organization and Educational Policy from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on issues related to college access and success, including financial aid and transfer pathways from community colleges. In addition to her work at UC Davis, Betsey also lectures at California State University, East Bay.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from CSU East Bay.

Research interests

  • Financial aid
  • Community colleges
  • Higher education policy


PhD in Education, UC Davis (2016)

M.S. in Education with an option in online teaching and learning, CSU East Bay (2010)

B.A. in Economics, UC Berkeley (2009)


New Scholar Award, Association for Education Finance and Policy (2016)


Hart, C., Friedmann, E. & Hill, M. (2018). Online course-taking and student outcomes in California Community Colleges. Education Finance and Policy, 13(1), 42-71.

Coburn, C., Friedmann, E. & Stipek, D. (2018). Fostering pre-K to elementary alignment and continuity in mathematics in urban school districts: Challenges and possibilities. Policy Brief, Policy Analysis for California Education. Available at

Friedmann, E. & Martorell, P. (2018). Money left on the table: An analysis of financial aid receipt among financially eligible community college students. Wheelhouse Center for Community College Leadership and Research, 3(3), 1-8.

Baker, R., Friedmann, E. & Kurlaender, M. (2018). Associate Degrees for Transfer: A snapshot of progress across California community colleges. Wheelhouse Center for Community College Leadership and Research, 3(1), 1-6.

Friedmann, E. (2017). Building intersegmental partnerships. Policy Brief, Policy Analysis for California Education. Available at

Friedmann, E., Kurlaender, M. & VanOmmeren, A. (2016). Addressing college readiness gaps at the college door. New Directions for Community Colleges, 176, 45-52.

Kurlaender, M., Friedmann, E. & Chang, T. (2015). Access and diversity at the University of California in the post-affirmative action era. In U. M. Jayakumar & L. M. Garces (with F. Fernandez) (Eds.), Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Evidence in Fisher to Forge the Path Ahead. New York: NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.   

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