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Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Scholar

Davis Jenkins is a senior research scholar at CCRC and a research professor in the Education Policy and Social Analysis Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. He works with colleges and states across the country to find ways to improve educational and employment outcomes for students, particularly students of color and those from low-income families.

Together with Thomas Bailey and Shanna Smith Jaggars, he coauthored Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success (Harvard University Press, 2015), which has helped to catalyze the national “guided pathways” reform movement. Jenkins is currently leading research on the implementation of pathways reforms and their effects on student outcomes and college performance in 120 colleges nationally.

Jenkins is also leading research on improving bachelor’s outcomes for community college students and strengthening high school dual enrollment so it functions as an on-ramp to college. Recent publications from those lines of research include a report published with The Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse on transfer outcomes by institution and state; The Transfer Playbook, co-researched and coauthored with Josh Wyner and his team at The Aspen Institute; and a report on college outcomes for students who take dual enrollment courses through community colleges while in high school. Jenkins earned a PhD in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in religion from Princeton University.