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— Mina Dadgar

Director of Research

Lead Responsibility: As Director of Research, Mina provides leadership in research, publications and tool development and support documentation, data analysis and report production across all CLP initiatives and programs. She works directly with the CLP leadership team and partners to create a research agenda that ensures policy and practice is supported by evidence. By bridging the gap between research and practice, Mina ensures that data and research is used efficiently to examine opportunities for improving student outcomes and tracking progress.

Areas of Concentration: Mina works closely with the CLP leadership team, associates and project sites in the development and implementation of practitioner tools supported by qualitative and quantitative research. She will conduct research for all CLP initiatives and programs, informing the field with findings.

Experience: Mina comes to CLP with a decade of education research experience. Prior, to joining CLP Mina served as Policy Research Associate for WestEd where her work focused on high school to college transition with an emphasis on reducing the need for remediation, as well as college completion and workforce development. She was the principal investigator on a project evaluating high school transition courses aimed to reduce the need for college remediation. Mina was the lead author to several reports and practitioner guides that synthesize research and practice on how to increase community college completion rates by accelerating developmental education, improving academic placement accuracy through the use of multiple measures, designing clear education pathways and integrating support services with instruction. She also worked on three projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor with the goal of aligning college offerings and industry demands.

Previously, Mina spent five years with the Community College Research Center (CCRC) where she received grant awards to study the economic value of community college credentials, dual enrollment initiatives and community college remediation. Mina’s previous experiences include working as a Policy Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research and as an evaluation consultant for the City University of New York.

Mina is committed to improving low-income and first-generation students’ opportunities to finish college and find long lasting careers. She holds a PhD in economics and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Mina began her post-secondary education at Houston Community College in Texas and transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a master’s degree in public policy.