Alicia Dowd

Expert in higher education focusing on community colleges, education equity and financial aid

Co-director, Center for Urban Education

Associate professor of Education

USC Rossier School of Education


  • education equity
  • community colleges
  • Latinos higher education
  • Hispanics higher education
  • higher education
  • STEM majors
  • science, technology, math majors
  • student transfer college
  • educational administration
  • community college students
  • community college transfer
  • benchmarking
  • institutional assessment and effectiveness
  • financial aid
  • finance equity
  • tuition guarantee programs
  • “promise” programs

Additional Information

  • Author of 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
  • Principal investigator of three major, national studies of institutional effectiveness, equity, transfer, and student outcomes, and of the California Benchmarking Project

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