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Estela Mara Bensimon

Professor and Director, Center for Urban Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Estela Mara Bensimon is particularly interested in place-based, practitioner-driven inquiry as a means of organizational change in higher education. Her current research is on issues of racial equity in higher education from the perspective of organizational learning and socio-cultural practice theories.

Dr. Bensimon has received grants from the National Science Foundation to study Latina and Latino students in higher education, the Bill and Melinda Gates and Ford Foundations to complete system-level work on college completion in Colorado, and the Teagle Foundation to examine the expanding role of private institutions in transfer pathways. Her publications about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry, and change include: Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice; The Underestimated Significance of Practitioner Knowledge in the Scholarship on Student Success; Doing Research that Makes a Difference; Equality in Fact, Equality in Results: A matter of institutional accountability; Measuring the State of Equity in Public Higher Education; and Closing the Achievement Gap in Higher Education: An Organizational Learning Perspective.

Previously, Dr. Bensimon has held the highest leadership positions in the Association for the Study of Higher Education and in the American Education Research Association Division on Postsecondary Education. She has served on the boards of the American Association for Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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Forum 26:

New Research Methods for Critically Engaging the Equity Question in Higher Education

Estela Mara Bensimon

Held May 2, 2016

Includes video