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This study examines the utility of current and alternative definitions of underserved learners for identifying at-risk students. Currently, ACT classifies students from low-income families, students from under-represented minority groups, and first generation students as an underserved learner. Students need only to meet one of the three criteria to be classified as an underserved learner. This study will investigate the degree to which college readiness and postsecondary enrollment varies by the various combinations of underserved criteria (e.g., first-generation students vs. low-income, minority students) in order to understand if all students currently identified as “underserved” face the same challenges when it comes to college readiness and success. This study will also examine several alternative definitions of underserved learners.
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Applicants must be currently enrolled and actively pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Educational Measurement, Statistics, Quantitative Psychology, or related programs. Experience using SAS is required. Knowledge of hierarchical modelling methods is preferred. Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume with their application.