Awilda Rodriguez

Awilda Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Awilda Rodriguez is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Her research is at the intersection of higher education policy, college access and choice, and the representation of Black, Latino, low-income and first-generation students in postsecondary education.

Her most recent project examines issues of equity in access to rigorous high school coursework and was recently named a William T. Grant Scholar to further this line of inquiry. Along with many policy reports and contributions to edited volumes, Rodriguez’s work has been published in Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and previously worked as a research fellow at American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Higher Education Reform as well as a research associate at The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

Recent Publications

  • "Tradeoffs and Limitations:  Understanding the Estimation of College Undermatch", Rodriguez, A., Research in Higher Education (under review)
  • "School and Student-Level Factors Predicting Voluntary Participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme", May, H., Rodriguez, A., Sirinides, P.M., Perna, L.W., Yea, A., and Ransom, T., Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (under review)
  • "The Road to Undermatch:  Understanding the Differences Between White and Latino Student Predictors of Undermatch", Rodriguez, A., Journal of Latino - Latin American Studies (forthcoming)
  • "Access to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme: An exploration of opportunity to rigorous high school curricula", Perna, L.W., May, H., Yee, A., Ransom, T., Rodriguez, A., and Fester, R., Educational Policy (forthcoming)