W. Edward Chi
W. Edward Chi

W. Edward Chi

Cohort: 2014

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

MA Economics, University of California, Irvine
BS Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, CA


Higher Education

Research Interest

Higher education policy; community colleges; college access and completion; academic and psychosocial/ socio-emotional (noncognitive) development and measurement; educational interventions; program evaluation

W. Edward Chi

From ten years of quantitative policy research experience and ten years of teaching students of diverse backgrounds, Edward’s expertise is in applying advanced analytical methods to educational, economic, and survey data to critically determine if local, state, and national education policies and practices support the success of underprivileged and marginalized students in schools and colleges. Edward draws on these experiences in applying proven teaching methods in developing and mentoring his students.

Edward is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Education Policy and a Graduate School Fellow at the University of Southern California.  His interest centers on college access and completion among underserved populations.  Edward studies policies affecting students and faculty in K-12 and postsecondary education. He is currently assessing interventions for low-income students at public higher education institutions in the Midwest.  Edward is a former tenured faculty member at the Riverside Community College District in California where he taught Economics courses for five years.  He has also taught at the University of California, Irvine, and at a high school diploma program at a community education center. In his teaching, he developed collaborative methods in economics instruction.  Edward's research experience includes positions at the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.  He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Links: Edward's Website, Curriculum Vitae


Professional Experience:


  • Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
  • Policy Development and Review Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
  • Office of Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC


  • Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
  • Moreno Valley, Coastline, Glendale, and Pasadena Community Colleges, CA
  • School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Honors and Awards:

USC Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship

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