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Closing the Nation's Racial Achievement Gaps II

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Organized by the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University, this is the second in a series of forums that address Racial Gaps in College Access and Success. Closing achievement gaps is not merely a matter for K-12 educators. People of color are underrepresented among students who enter college; they have less success in college and complete college at a lower rate than whites. Speakers review what we know from research and suggest implications for policy and practice as well as for additional research under the AGI umbrella. Panelists include Christopher Avery, Roy E. Larsen professor of public policy, Kennedy School of Government; Bridget Terry Long, associate professor of education and economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Vivian Shuh Ming Louie, assistant professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Christopher N. Avery, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy, teaches analytic courses in microeconomics and statistics. His first book, The Early Admissions Game, coauthored with Andrew Fairbanks and Richard Zeckhauser, was published by Harvard University Press in March 2003. In his current research, he studies college application patterns and college enrollment choices for high school students.
Long's work applies the theory and methods of economics to examine various aspects of the market for higher education in the United States. Her research focuses on access and choice in higher education, the outcomes of college students, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions. Several of her research papers examine the enrollment and distributional effects of state and federal financial aid programs. In addition, Long has studied the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation and the impact of class size and faculty characteristics on student outcomes. Long received her doctorate and master's in economics from Harvard University and her bachelor's degree from Princeton University. She is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and received the American Educational Research Association Dissertation Award. She was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2002-2004, in July 2005, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured her as one of the "New Voices" in higher education, and in 2008, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) awarded her the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research and published works on student financial assistance. She has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Ford Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.