Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender 2017-05-01T20:18:01+00:00
Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender

University of California–Davis

Michal Kurlaender is a professor of education policy at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in college. Dr. Kurlaender works closely with all of California’s public K-12 and higher education sectors. She recently launched an IES-funded partnership with the California Department of Education to explore college and career readiness in the era of Common Core State Standards. She serves as a co-director of PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, and the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2005. Her work has been published in various academic and policy outlets. Dr. Kurlaender leads CAPR’s supplemental study on Early Start in California.

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Recent Presentations:

Evaluating Remediation Reforms at the California State University

In 2010, the California State University (CSU) system enacted a policy known as Early Start, which requires incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to complete remediation during the summer before entering CSU. Motivated by statewide efforts to improve persistence and completion rates in college, the goal of Early Start is to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester at CSU. Specifically, Early Start requires all incoming students who do not meet the threshold on the entry-level math or English proficiency requirements to take a designated developmental education course in the summer before their freshman year. In this seminar, Michal Kurlaender presented results from a study that examines the impact of Early Start on persistence rates and achievement in the CSU.


Michal Kurlaender, University of California, Davis, and CAPR


Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Seminar for Education Policymakers and Scholars

Date and Time:

April 21, 2017
11:30 AM–1:00 PM


Sacramento, CA


UCCS 1130 K Street Conference Room A (Lower Level), Sacramento

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