Elif Asli Yucel

  • 2019

Research Concentration

  • 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

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  • Tatiana Melguizo

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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.