Elif Asli Yucel
Elif Asli Yucel

Elif Asli Yucel

Cohort: 2019

University of Texas at Austin, M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Planning
Trinity University, B.A. in Chinese with a minor in Economics

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Community College Transfer and Performance Funding

College Access and Completion

Higher Education Opportunities in Prisons and Jails

School Closure

Social Network Analysis

Elif Asli Yucel

Elif is a research assistant at the Pullias Center for Higher Education working with Dr. Tatiana Melguizo on topics related to developmental education in community colleges. Elif's interests bridge the K-12 and Higher Education pipeline. She is interested in college access and completion for underserved student populations, particularly for undocumented students, homeless and foster youth, and formerly incarcerated students. She also studies community college vertical transfer and examines how state and institutional policies help or hinder educational outcomes for underserved students. Additionally, Elif is interested in researching aspects of the school to prison pipeline, including racial disparities in juvenile justice facilities and accountability for the educational programming and mental health services offered in these facilities. 

Prior to USC, Elif received her M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a graduate research assistant on the Texas Transfer Project, a five year, mixed methods, longitudinal study researching various issues in community college transfer in Central Texas. During her time at UT Austin, she also helped organize the Master's Student Seminar for EPP students in the College of Education and worked as a graduate assistant for Sanger Learning Center, where she oversaw the Public Speaking Center and Outreach programs. In her spare time, she volunteered for Inside Books Project and served as an instructor for the Texas Prison Education Initiative, where she co-taught College 101 at Lockhart Correctional Facility. 


Professional Experience:

Conference Presentations:

Schudde, L., Jabbar, H., Epstein, E., & Yucel, E. (2019). Students’ sensemaking of higher education policies during the vertical transfer process. Council for the Study of Community Colleges, San Diego, CA.


Graduate Research Assistant,                            2017 – 2019
Texas Transfer Project, UT Austin
Austin, Texas

Instructor,                            2018 – 2019
Texas Prison Education Initiative, Lockhart Correctional Facility
Lockhart, Texas

Strategic Communication Grad Assistant           2018 – 2019
Sanger Learning Center, UT Austin
Austin, Texas

EPP Master's Student Coordinator/TA           2018 – 2019
College of Education, UT Austin
Austin, Texas

Strategy Tutor,                                        2017 – 2018
University of Texas Athletics 
Austin, Texas

College Advisor,                              2015 – 2017
Luther Burbank High School
San Antonio, Texas

Selected Publications

  • Yucel, E. (2018). [Review of the book Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success, by V. Pendakur]. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

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