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Research Presentations

NCPR affiliates regularly present symposia and participate in panel discussions at major national conferences for both the research and practitioner communities.

Past Presentations

Conferences, seminars and webinars that NCPR affiliates have presented at include the following:

On June 6-8, 2007, the 2007 Annual IES Research Conference was held in Washington, D.C. NCPR staff presented two poster sessions: 1) “Evaluating the Impact of Developmental Education in Higher Education Using Quasi-Experimental Designs” and 2) “Learning Communities Demonstration: Evaluation of a Promising Model for Preparing Low-Skilled Students to Transition and Succeed in College.” More Information

At the All Kids College Ready 2007 Conference, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held in Seattle, Washington, July 16-18, Bridget Long gave a talk titled “Streamlining the Aid Process: Improving College Readiness & Access,” in which she discussed the Financial Aid Intervention supplementary study.

On September 5, 2007, Thomas Bailey and and Katherine Hughes presented preliminary findings on dual enrollment in and outlined a dual enrollment research proposal to practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from across the state. Held in and hosted by the James Irvine Foundation.

On September 24, 2007, Mark Schneider, Commissioner of the for Education Statistics (NCES), met with NCPR researchers to discuss ongoing research and to consider what survey questions would be most advantageous to add to existing NCES instruments, such as the HSLS and BPS, for answering research questions about developmental education and dual enrollment. More Information.

On September 26, 2007, Sue Scrivener presented findings on the Kingsborough Community College (KCC) Opening Doors study at a webinar organized by the U.S. Department of Labor with over 250 participants. Regina Peruggi (KCC president) spoke about how KCC was using MDRC’s research to bolster and expand their learning communities. More Information.

On October 1, 2007, Sue Scrivener presented the findings on the KCC Opening Doors study to a group of reporters at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media’s Community College Fellowship Seminar in New York City.

On October 4, 2007, Mary Visher presented findings on the KCC Opening Doors study at the Strengthening Student Success Conference (San Jose, CA) to an audience of practitioners and administrators, accompanied by a group of KCC administrators, who spoke about implementing learning communities.

At the 2007 Double the Numbers Conference, sponsored by Jobs for the Future and held in Washington DC, October 4-5, Bridget Long gave a panel presentation titled "Streamlining the Aid Process: Improving College Readiness & Access," in which she discussed the Financial Aid Intervention study. Also at the Double the Numbers Conference, Katherine Hughes participated in a panel that debated the relative benefits of AP course taking versus dual enrollment, and examined the evidence base for each.

On October 19, 2007, Thomas Bailey gave the keynote address at the annual Two-Year College Showcase, a conference co-sponsored by The College Board and the New England College Council and held in . In his talk, titled “Promoting Student Success in Community Colleges,” Bailey discussed policies to promote achievement among students with weak academic skills.

At Peking University in Beijing on October 31, 2007, and at the East China Normal University in Shanghai on November 2, Thomas Bailey gave a presentation titled “Community Colleges and Their Role in Higher Education in the United States” to audiences of students, professors, and administrators. Bailey discussed increasing access and promoting success among disadvantaged students.

On November 13, 2007, Thomas Bailey gave a seminar presentation titled “Developmental Education in Community Colleges” at the Higher Education Collaborative Seminar Series held at the of at Urbana-Champaign.

On January 4, 2008, Eric Bettinger gave a presentation titled "Racial Gaps in College Preparation: Exploring the Role of Postsecondary Remediation Using a Regression-Discontinuity Approach." It was part of the session, "Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Education: Theory, Policies, and Practice," given at the American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting.

In February 2008 at the Achieving the Dream conference held in Atlanta, Mary Visher discussed the Learning Communities Demonstration and how it grew out of the Opening Doors Learning Communities Study. 

On April 7, 2008, Katherine Hughes presented in the panel "Expanding Access to Dual Enrollment: Research Findings and Institutional Practice" at the 88th Annual AACC Convention in Philadelphia. More Information.

On April 25, 2008, Elisabeth Barnett offered a presentation entitled "Dual Credit: the National Picture." She provided an overview of the current state of research on dual credit and associated policy implications to college presidents and trustees at a meeting of the Michigan Association of Community Colleges at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan. 

From June 10-12, 2008, at the 2008 Annual IES Research Conference held in Washington, DC, NCPR staff presented two poster sessions: 1) “The Impact of Postsecondary Remediation Using a Regression Discontinuity Approach: Addressing Endogenous Sorting and Compliance” and 2) “Learning Communities Demonstration.” In addition to the posters, there was a panel presentation “Improving Access to and Completion of Postsecondary Education” by Juan Carlos Calcagno. More Information.

In July 2008, Robert Ivry briefed the Washington State Board of Technical and Community Colleges about MDRC’s research on learning communities, including the Learning Communities Demonstration and Opening Doors. 

On July 22, 2008, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC Senior Research Associate) presented “A Good Start & Paying for Persistence: Building Knowledge to Improve Education” at the 2008 Summer Academy of the Institute for Higher Education Policy conference in Birmingham, Alabama. The presentation focused on the Learning Communities Demonstration and the findings at Kingsborough Community College. Download the PDF.

On September 26, 2008, Sue Scrivener and Kate Gualtieri (MDRC Research Associate) gave a talk at the National Center for Developmental Education’s 4th International Conference on Research in Access and Developmental Education. The talk, titled “Learning Communities: Emerging Findings on a Promising Strategy,” shared findings from the Kingsborough Community College Opening Doors study in addition to information about the Learning Communities Demonstration. Download the PDF.

On September 26, 2008, the American Youth Policy Forum and NCPR held a lunchtime forum and discussion titled “Jumpstart on College and Careers: Dual Enrollment Research, Policies, and Effective Practice.” Thomas Bailey presented and Katherine Hughes and Aaron Doyle (CCRC Senior Research Assistant) attended.  More Information.

On October 13-14, 2008, Thomas Bailey and Dolores Perin presented on “Developing Education on a National Level” at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board symposium. Download the PDF.

On January 15, 2009, at the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) Stanford University, School of Education/Economics Department Research Seminar Series Bridget Terry Long presented “The Impact of Postsecondary Remediation: How can we serve the needs of Underprepared Students?” in Palo Alto, California. Discussion included findings from the Florida remediation study.

On February 6, 2009, at the second NCPR/AYPF summit in Washington, DC, Thomas Bailey, LaShawn Richburg-Hayes, and Bridget Terry Long participated as panelists in the forum titled “Financial Aid Practice That Support Low- and Moderate-Income Student Access and Success. More information / Video Recording.

On February 26, 2009, NCPR staff gave a presentation on Texas' Intensive Summer Programs at the National Association for Developmental Education 33rd Annual Conference, Greensboro, NC. 

In March 2009, NCPR presented two sessions at League for Innovation Annual Conference 2009, titled:  "Learning Communities at the Community College of Baltimore County" and “Developmental Summer Bridges: Young Texas on the Road to College”. More Information

On April 5, 2009, at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, Michelle Ware (Operations Associate at MDRC) and Rachel Singer (Director of Academic Affairs, Kingsborough Community College) led a presentation titled “Implementing Learning Communities: Lessons from MDRC’s Learning Communities Demonstration.” Download the PDF.

On April 17, 2009, Bridget Terry Long prepared presentations on two different projects for the 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in San Diego. Dr. Long gave a presentation on postsecondary remediation in Florida, titled “The Impact of Postsecondary Remediation Using a Regression Discontinuity Approach: Addressing Endogenous Sorting and Noncompliance.” In the same session, Angela Boatman (a co-author and doctoral student) gave a presentation for the Tennessee Remediation Study called “Does Remediation Work for all Students? The Impact of Remedial and Developmental Courses on Students with Different Levels of Academic Preparation.” 

On April 24, 2009, Bridget Terry Long presented the results of the H&R Block project at the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) Spring Forum in Washington, DC. Her talk was titled, “Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment among Low-Income Families: Results from the FAFSA Experiment.” She participated in the session titled, “Higher Education: Access and Affordability.” The audio recording is available at the NCSL website:,122,921#2638[DS1].

On May 4, 2009, Bridget Terry Long presented the results of the H&R Block project at the University of Pennsylvania’s IES Lecture Series in Philadelphia. Her talk was titled, “The Role of Information and Simplification in College Decisions: Results from the FAFSA Experiment.” 

From June 7-9, 2009, at the Annual IES Research Conference in Washington, DC, NCPR researchers presented three posters on the learning communities demonstration, the California dual enrollment project, and the Texas DSB study.  More Information.

On July 22, 2009, at the National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute in Cambridge, MA, Bridget Terry Long presented results from the FAFSA intervention study.

On September 11, 2009, Director Thomas Bailey presented during the Hechinger Institute’s Fellows Week held at Teachers College in New York. The presentation was titled, “Community Colleges and Remediation: What’s Not Working and Why?”. Hechinger Institute staff, journalists covering education-related issues, and  Teachers College affiliates attended. Download the PDF.

On September 29, 2009, the Scientific Evidence in Education (SEE) Forums hosted an interactive discussion about the latest research on this important topic. Thomas Bailey spoke at the forum, which highlighted the newly released IES Practice Guide,“Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do” which provides concrete recommendations, based on the best available research evidence, for high schools to help all their students prepare for and get to college. More Information.

On October 2, 2009, the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest at Learning Point Associates, invited Thomas Bailey to present the results of his research at an event titled, "Increasing Access to Higher Education," in Washington, D.C.  His presentation delivered the emerging research from the National Center for Postsecondary Research to a national audience of policymakers and state education agency leaders. Download the PDF

From October 7-9, 2009, NCPR personnel attended the 2009 Strengthening Student Success conference in San Francisco. Evan Weissman presented “Promising Practices in Developmental Summer Bridges” along with Ann Hoey from Texas A&M International University and Angelina Nunez from El Paso Community College. 

On November 2, 2009, in a presentation at the U.S. General Accountability Office, Boston, Bridget Terry long discussed the FAFSA intervention study and its results.

On November 3, 2009, in a seminar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Study Group, Bridget Terry Long presented results from the FAFSA intervention study.

On November 7, 2009, NCPR participated at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference 2009. Angela Boatman of Harvard University gave a presentation titled, "Does Remediation Work for All Students?: The Impact of Remedial and Developmental Courses on Students with Different Levels of Academic Preparation." Heather Wathington, Thomas Bailey, Sarah Turner, Joshua Pretlow, Elisabeth Barnett, and Susan Scrivener presented in an NCPR session titled, "Using Random Assignment Designs to Test Postsecondary Success Strategies for Underprepared Students." More Information.

On November 7, 2009, Judith Scott-Clayton and Lashawn Richburg-Hayes were discussants in a session titled, "Financial Determinants on the Demand for College," at the 2009 Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Eric Bettinger (Stanford University) gave a presentation titled, "The Role of Information and Simplification in College Decision: Results from the FAFSA Experiment." Download the PDF.

On February 21, 2010, at the Sociology of Education Association Conference in Pacific Grove, California, Heather Wathington, Claire Mitchell, and Joshua Pretlow presented “The Potential of Community College Cohorts: An Exploratory Analysis.” 

On March 12, 2010, NCPR held a session at the 34th Annual National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Elizabeth Barnett and John Wachen of NCPR, Conchita Hickey of Texas A&M International University, and Matea Vazquez of South Texas College presented, "Promising Practices in Developmental Summer Bridge Programs." Download the PDF.

From March 12-14, 2010, NCPR co-sponsored the 2010 National Education Seminar. Thomas Bailey was a presenter in three sessions: "The Changing Role of Community Colleges," "Improving Student Success in Remedial Education," and "College Readiness:  Next Steps for Advancing State Policy." Shanna Jaggers and Kevin Dougherty were also presenters. More than 150 state legislators, public policy analysts and academics attended the conference. More information.

From March 28-31, 2010, at the League for Innovation in the Community College conference in Baltimore, NCPR participated in two sessions. “Learning Communities Demonstration Implementation Lessons,” was led by Mary Visher, with co-presenters Donna McKusick, Community College of Baltimore County, and Rachel Singer, Kingsborough Community College. Download the PDF.  “Accelerating Math in Summer Bridge Programs: Getting Results,” was led by Elisabeth Barnett with co-presenters Rosa Gutierrez, South Texas Community College, and Alma Jasso, Texas A&M International University. Download the PDF.

On May 2, 2010, at the AERA 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, Heather D. Wathington and Josh Pretlow presented "How Does Money Help? Students' View of a Monetary Incentive." 

On May 10, 2010, at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Higher Education Reform Forum, Bridget Terry Long presented results from the FAFSA intervention study. Download the PDF.

On May 31, 2010 at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 2010 Forum, Cecilia Speroni (a research assistant and doctoral student) presented "High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast?". 

From June 24-25, 2010, NCPR participated in three sessions at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Accelerated Learning Project's (ALP) 2nd Annual Conference on Acceleration. NCPR director Thomas Bailey was a featured plenary speaker on June 24th (Download the PDF). Also on the 24th, in the session, "Evaluating Innovative Developmental Programs: Exploring Possibilties for a Demonstration Project," Thomas Bailey and Mary Visher conducted a conversation with colleges to assess interest in participation in a coordinated program of rigorous evaluation of accelerated developmental education programs (Download the PDF). On June 25th, Davis Jenkins and Nikki Edgecombe gave a presentation titled, "Multivariate Analysis of the Community College of Baltimore County’s Accelerated Learning Project (ALP)." 

On June 29, 2010, at the Annual IES Conference in National Harbor, MD, NCPR staff gave three presentations. Thomas Bailey, Elisabeth Barnett, and Joshua Pretlow presented “The Promise of Developmental Summer Bridge Programs.” Bridget Terry Long presented “Does Remediation Help All Students? How the Effects of Postsecondary Developmental Courses Vary by Background and Ability.” Michael Weiss, Mary Visher, and Heather Wathington presented “Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Reading: An Impact Study at Hillsborough Community College.” More Information.

On September 7, 2010, at the THECB in Austin, TX, Heather Wathington presented findings from the Texas Developmental Summer Bridges study. 

From September 23-24, 2010, NCPR held its 2010 Developmental Education Conference in New York, where researchers presented a host of findings. General information, videos of the conference, papers, and presentations are available for download through the conference website.

From October 6-8, 2010, at California’s annual Strengthening Student Success Conference  in Costa Mesa, CA, Evan Weissman presented results on the learning communities at Hillsborough, Houston, and Queensborough, in a presentation entitled “Learning Communities: Rigorous Research and the Real World.” He was joined in the presentation by Donna McKusick (The Community College of Baltimore County) and Pam Huntington (Merced College). Download the PDF.

From November 4-6, 2010, at the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Research Conference in Boston, MA, Mary Visher and Michael Weiss presented on a panel about learning communities. Mary Visher presented the findings of the implementation study conducted during the first year of the demonstration; Michael Weiss presented the impact findings from the three colleges where results are available—Hillsborough, Queensborough, and Houston (Download the PDF). In a separate panel, Angela Boatman presented results from the Tennessee remediation study (Download the PDF).

On November 18, 2010, NCPR presented a symposium at the 2010 ASHE Conference titled, "Institutional Strategies for the Postsecondary Success of Under-prepared Students:  The Latest Research." 

On December 3, 2010, an AYPF Forum co-sponsored by the NCPR was held in Washington, DC. The forum was titled "Examining the Role of Summer Bridge Programs in Promoting College Readiness and Completion: Lessons Learned from Texas’ Developmental Summer Bridges." More information

On December 15, 2010 the NCPR Developmental Education Conference Follow-up Webinar was held. A recording of the webinar and a PowerPoint presentation given during the event are available here:

On February 9, 2011, NCPR presented at the Achieving the Dream 2011 Strategy Institute. The session was titled Making the Group Effort: Findings from MDRC's Learning Communities Study and was presented by Oscar Cerna. 

On February 10, 2011, NCPR presented at the Achieving the Dream 2011 Strategy Institute. The session was titled Developmental Education: What Policies and Practices Work for Students? and was presented by Thomas Brock, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Heather Wathington, and Davis Jenkins. 

On March 3, 2011, NCPR presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring 2011 conference. The session, titled The Impact of Developmental Summer Bridge Programs on Students' Success, was presented by Heather Wathington, Joshua Pretlow, and Claire Mitchell.Download the PDF.


On April 8, 2011, Heather Wathington, Elisabeth A. Barnett, and Joshua Pretlow presented Impact of a Texas Summer Bridge on Developmental Students' Outcomes at the 53rd Annual Conference for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. Download the PDF.

On April 10, 2011, Cecilia Speroni presented at the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual meeting. The session was titled Determinants of Students' Success: The Role of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Programs. Download the PDF. 

On September 29, 2011, Bridget Terry Long presented Addressing the Needs of the Underprepared: The Role of Postsecondary Remediation at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's Center for Human Capital Studies' second annual conference titled "Employment and Education." Download the PDF. 

On October 20, 2011, Bridget Terry Long gave a presentation on the FAFSA system, titled Nudging Students into College: Could a Small Change Make a Big Difference? at the IDEAS Boston 2012 Conference. Download the PDF.

On November 4, 2011, Bridget Terry Long co-presented with Benjamin L. Castleman at the 2011 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference. The presentation was titled Looking Beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation. Download the PDF.

On February 10, 2012, an AYPF Forum co-sponsored by NCPR was held in Washington, DC. The forum was titled "Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for Improving College Readiness and Success for All Students."More information.

On March 1, 2012, Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Oscar Cerna, Evan Weissman, Heather Wathington, Bill Heineman, and Charles Cook presented at a spotlight panel on Improving Developmental Education Instruction and Support: Lessons from Rigorous Research at Achieving the Dream's 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success. 

On March 5, 2012, Elisabeth A. Barnett and Thomas Brock presented at the 2012 League for Innovation annual conference. The session was titled Weighing the Evidence: Considering Three Approaches that Improve Students' SkillsMore information

On March 8, 2012, Thomas Brock participated in a panel at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Spring 2012 Conference. 

On March 15-16, 2012, NCPR staff gave several presentations at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 37th Annual Conference. Angela Boatman and Bridget Terry Long presented Does Remediation Work for All Students? How the Effects of Postsecondary Remedial and Developmental Courses Vary by Level of Academic Preparation. Angela Boatman presented Examining the Causal Effects of Instruction and Delivery in Postsecondary Remedial and Developmental Courses: Evidence from the Tennessee Developmental Course Redesign Initiative. Benjamin Castleman and Bridget  Terry Long presented Looking Beyond Enrollment: The Causal Effect of Need-Based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation.

On April 14, 2012, Heather Wathington and Joshua Pretlow presented at the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting. Their session is titled Getting College Ready: The Impact of a Texas Summer Bridge Program on Developmental Students' Success. More information.

On April 21, 2012, at the 2012 Council for the Study of Community Colleges, Elisabeth A. Barnett and Joshua Pretlow presented Increasing Students' Chances of College Success: High School--College Partnerships and College ReadinessMore information

On April 23, 2012, Elisabeth A. Barnett, Mary Visher, Tamara Clunis, and Christine Johnson McPhail presented at the 92nd American Association of Community Colleges annual convention. The session is titled Weighing the Evidence: Considering Three Approaches that Improve Students' Skills. More information

On May 14, 2012, Elisabeth Barnett, Alex Mayer, Joshua Pretlow, Heather Wathington, and Evan Weissman gave a webinar to DSB study participants, The Impact of Developmental Summer Bridge Programs on Student Success: Two-Year Findings, presenting the study's two-year findings and describing implications and next steps. Download the PDF

On May 18, 2012, Thomas Bailey and Evan Weissman participated in the final AYPF/NCPR summit, presenting on NCPR findings that will be released this summer in several NCPR reports. More information

Please stay tuned to this page for more information about NCPR presentations. The Events section of the NCPR site contains information about major events and conference presentations by NCPR.