Alicia C. Dowd
Associate Professor of Education
Co-Director, Center for Urban Education
PhD, Cornell University
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Expert in higher education focusing on community colleges, education equity and financial aid
Alicia C. Dowd, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and co-director of the Center for Urban Education. Dr. Dowd’s research focuses on political-economic issues of public college finance equity, organizational effectiveness, and accountability and the factors affecting student attainment in higher education.
Dowd has served as the principal investigator of three major, national studies of institutional effectiveness, equity, and student outcomes, and of the California Benchmarking Project. The results of these studies, which focused on transfer access, basic skills education, pathways for Latinas and Latinos to STEM degrees, and assessment, have been published in numerous journals including the Review of Educational Research, the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Teacher’s College Record.
She is also the author and co-author of several nationally disseminated monographs, including Data Don’t Drive: Building a Practitioner-Driven Culture of Inquiry to Assess Community College Performance, which was issued as part of her Community College Student Success Project, and Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States: Threading the Needle of the American Dream, a report of the Study of Economic, Informational, and Cultural Barriers to Community College Student Transfer Enrollment at Selective Institutions, which she directed.
Dowd has received support for her research from the National Science Foundation and numerous foundations including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, Ford Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
From 2000 to 2006, Dowd was a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. From 1987 to 1998, she was media manager of the Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and in 1998-1999 she was the founding coordinator of the Institute for Community College Development (ICCD) at Cornell University, a leadership development initiative of New York State.
Dowd was awarded the Ph.D. in 1998 from Cornell University, where her fields of study included social foundations of education, educational administration, labor economics, and curriculum. She was awarded the Master of Science degree in the field of education in 1997 and the Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in all subjects, also from Cornell University, where she majored in English literature as an undergraduate.
- Dowd, A. C., Sawatzky, M., Rall, R. M., & Bensimon, E. M. (2012). Action research: An essential practice for Twenty-First Century assessment. In R. T. Palmer, D. C. Maramba & M. Gasman (Eds.), Fostering success of ethnic and racial minorities in STEM: The role of Minority Serving Institutions. New York: Routledge.
- Dowd, A. C., Pak, J. H., & Bensimon, E. M. (2013). The role of institutional agents in promoting transfer access. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(15). Retrieved February 27, 2013, from http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/1187 . This article is part of EPAA/AAPE’s Special Issue on The American Community College in the 21st Century, Guest Edited by Dr. Jeanne M. Powers and Amelia M. Topper.
- Dowd, A. C., & Shieh, L. T. (2013). Community College Financing: Equity, Efficiency, and Accountability. The NEA 2013 Almanac of Higher Education: National Education Association.
- Bensimon, E. M., Dowd, A. C., Longanecker, D., & Witham, K. (2012): We Have Goals. Now What?, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 44:6, 14-25
- Chase, M. M., Dowd, A. C., Bordoloi Pazich, L., & Bensimon, E. M. (2012). Transfer Equity for "Minoritized" Students: A Critical Policy Analysis of Seven States. Educational Policy. Retrieved from http://epx.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/06/0895904812468227
- Dowd, A. C. (2012). Developing supportive STEM community college to four-year college and university transfer ecosystems Steve Olson and Jay B. Labov, and Universities, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, Division on Policy and Global Affairs; Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies; Board on Science Education, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Engineering Education Program Office, National Academy of Engineering and Teacher Advisory Council, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Ed.), Community College in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape: Summary of a Summit. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
- Dowd, A. C., Bishop, R., Bensimon, E. M., & Witham, K. (2012). Accountability for equity in postsecondary education. In K. S. Gallagher, R. Goodyear, D. J. Brewer & R. Rueda (Eds.), Urban education: a model for leadership and policy. New York: Routledge.
- Dowd, A. C., Malcom, L. E., Nakamoto, J., & Bensimon, E. M. (2012). Institutional researchers as teachers and equity advocates: Facilitating organizational learning and change. In E. M. Bensimon & L. E. Malcolm (Eds.), Confronting Equity Issues on Campus. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Chase, M. M., Bensimon, E. M., Shieh, L. T., Jones, T., & Dowd, A. C. (in press). Constraints and opportunities for practitioner agency in STEM programs in Hispanic serving community colleges. In J. L. Wood & R. T. Palmer (Eds.), Examining the role of community colleges in STEM production: A focus on underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities: Routledge.
- Malcom, L. E., & Dowd, A. C. (2012). The Impact of undergraduate debt on the graduate school enrollment of STEM baccalaureates. The Review of Higher Education, 35(2).