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Michal KurlaenderProfessor and Chancellor’s Fellow at University of California, Davis

areas of expertise
  • 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. Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.M. Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

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 federal mandatory and voluntary K-12 school desegregation plans, and has worked with several school districts that have undergone legal challenges to race-conscious policies. Kurlaender is faculty co-Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

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