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Amanda Nix

Dr. Amanda N. Nix is a Research Faculty with the Center for Postsecondary Success. Her current research focuses on two curricular reforms at work in the Florida College System—math pathways and SB 1720—and the consequences of each, particularly for advisors, faculty, and certain student groups.…

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Brad Cox

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Bradley E. Cox is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where he is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Dr. Cox is also the Founder and Executive…

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Fengfeng Ke

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Ke’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation. She has authored and co-authored many articles that have been published in academic journals such as Computers and Education, Educational Technology Research & Development, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning,…

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Hayley Spencer

Graduate Research Assistant

Hayley Spencer is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Postsecondary Success serving on the quantitative team. She is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University.

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Hollie Daniels

Graduate Research Assistant

Hollie Daniels serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success and is currently a doctoral student in Florida State University’s Education Policy and Evaluation program. After earning her Associate’s degree in 2011 from Chipola College, Hollie graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in 2013 and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida in 2015.

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Jesse Ford

Graduate Research Assistant

Jesse Ford serves as a graduate research assistant providing administrative support to the CPS team. He is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education program at Florida State University (FSU). His research interests include the influence of race and gender on graduate education and how…

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Jingyi You

Graduate Research Assistant

Jingyi You is a graduate research assistant in the qualitative team of CPS. She is also a doctoral candidate in the International & Multicultural program at Florida State University (FSU). Her research interests include Chinese faculty women's motherhood identity, international students' intercultural adaptation, and peer…

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Jinjushang (Chena) Chen

Jinjushang Chen is a Ph.D. student in the Learning and Cognition program at Florida State University.

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Kai Zhao

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kai Zhao is a visiting research faculty member at the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) within Florida State University. His research interests broadly focus on two areas: (1) higher education policy, particularly policies related to college access and success; and (2) internatinalization of higher education,…

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Kristen Erichsen

Kristen Erichsen is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Florida State University. She serves as a graduate assistant under Dr. Lara-Perez-Felkner at the Center for Post-Secondary Success.

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Lara Perez-Felkner

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Higher Education Program within the College of Education at Florida State University. Her research uses developmental and sociological perspectives to examine how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career…

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Rebecca Brower

Research Faculty

Dr. Rebecca L. Brower is a Research Faculty member at the Center for Postsecondary Success. Her research focuses on diversity policies in higher education and how those policies facilitate student encounters with difference. She enjoys mentoring students in research methods and has taught qualitative research methods at Florida State University.

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Christine G. Mokher

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Christine G. Mokher is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Her research examines state and local policies focused on college- and career-readiness and success, with a particular emphasis on student transitions from secondary to postsecondary education.

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Shouping Hu

Center Director

Dr. Shouping Hu is Professor of Higher Education, the Louis W. and Elizabeth N. Bender Endowed Professor, and the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) at Florida State University.

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Tamara Bertrand Jones

Associate Director

Tamara Bertrand Jones currently serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The Florida State University.

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Teng Zhao

Graduate Research Assistant

Teng Zhao, Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at Florida State University. He hold his bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in Public Administration at Shanghai Maritime University and FSU, respectively.

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Toby Park

Associate Director

Toby Park is an Assistant Professor of Economics of Education and Education Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University.

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Xinye Hu

Graduate Research Assistant

Xinye Hu is a graduate assistant in the quantitative team of CPS. She is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University (FSU). She earned her M.S. in Education Policy and Evaluation from the same department in 2016.

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Yang Li

Yang Li is a volunteer research assistant in the CPS team. She is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University.

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