Vivian Liu

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Community college Research Center

Columbia University

I am a Post Doctoral Research Associate in Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teacher College, Columbia University. I have over 7 years of experience conducting quantitative research on college and labor market success for underserved population. Using state administrative and restricted-use national datasets, my research interests include financial aid, community college, summer enrollment, transfer students, and the economic returns to higher education.

I am currently working on Dual Enrollment project funded by the Gate's Foundation, a longitudinal study that examines two cohorts of Florida ninth graders and dual enrollment outcomes. My work focuses on understanding the impact of Dual Enrollment on STEM and college outcomes and whether the timing, intensity, and certain types of Dual Enrollment courses are more effective.

You can see some of my work in a variety of news outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, and others. Additionally, I have been invited to write for an online newspaper, The EvoLLLution, which focuses on transforming higher education.

I hold a Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Education from Macalester College, Minnesota.

Outside of my research, my heart is in food and travel. I am probably one of the best cook you will ever meet and I have previously lived in Hong Kong and Norway.

Email: ytl2102@columbia.edu

Twitter @vivianytl

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