Jonathan M. Turk is the associate director for research in ACE’s Division of Learning and Engagement. In this role, he conducts original research on a number of topics including student success, higher education finance, postsecondary data policy, and higher education governance. Much of his work is focused on the unique contexts and contributions of our nation’s community colleges.

In his time at ACE, Turk has authored and co-authored multiple research papers examining credential completion, transfer, and early labor market outcomes for community college students, remedial education reform in the Connecticut higher education system, enrollment and completion trends at minority serving institutions, data-informed leadership within higher education, and the 2017 edition of ACE’s American College President Study. He also serves as the co-principal investigator for a three-year research project examining race and ethnicity in higher education funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Turk regularly contributes scholarly works to higher education’s top academic journals. Two of his most recent studies on community college student success have been published in The Journal of Higher Education and Research in Higher Education. He is an active member of many professional associations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for Institutional Research and regularly presents research and scholarly papers at their annual conferences. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment within the College of Education at Oregon State University.

Turk holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, as well as an M.S. in educational research and a B.A. in political science and sociology, both from Iowa State University.

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