Sabrina Solanki Profile

Sabrina Solanki

Academic Administrator, Education Research Initiative, University of California - Irvine

Sabrina Solanki completed her IES Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focused on higher education policy, teacher effectiveness, STEM education, and the evaluation of education interventions. Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. While serving as an academic counselor through the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program, Sabrina developed an interest in working with young adults. This experience motivated her to continue to impact young adults by becoming a public high school teacher after graduating with her MAT at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina developed the economics program at Beckman High School, where she taught both AP Microeconomics and CP Economics for seven years. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Sabrina received her Master’s in Public Policy from UCI. Her capstone project revolved around the impact of University Bridge Programs on college success for low-income, first-generation students. As a Ph.D. student, Sabrina has spent most of her time working on a number of diverse research projects that focus on improving the college experience and learning outcomes for students, using both quasi-experimental and experimental designs. Her dissertation was an evaluation of a two-year learning communities program for incoming Biological Sciences majors and its impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes.