Florence Xiaotao Ran
Florence Xiaotao Ran is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ran analyzes large-scale national-, state-, and college-level data with experimental and quasi-experimental methods to inform higher education policy. One strand of her research focuses on how higher education instructors influence students’ academic and labor market outcomes, as well as whether and how instruction could be improved through teacher development programs and education technology. The second strand of her research examines the impacts of institutional, state, and national policies and reforms on access, enrollment, and completion in post-secondary education.
Ran holds a BA in economics from Renmin University of China, an MA in economic policy analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a PhD in economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.