Press Release

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2014) —- The Education Trust is proud to welcome Andrew H. Nichols as its director of higher education research. Andrew comes to Ed Trust with a wide array of research experiences, most recently as the director for research and policy analysis at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

While at the MHEC, Andrew led the research division’s production of analytical and information reports examining key higher education issues in Maryland. He also oversaw the annual performance accountability process for Maryland’s public colleges and universities and contributed to the development of the Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education. Andrew also brings experience from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, where his research focused on enhancing educational opportunity for low-income and first-generation college students. In addition to his work at MHEC and the Pell Institute, Andrew has also co-authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles that have been published in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Teachers College Record.

“”We are very excited to have Andrew lead our higher education research team,”” said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust. “”His extensive research on and dedication to increasing opportunities for low-income students and students of color will prove valuable as we seek to improve higher education access for deserving students.””

Andrew is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration. He received his master’’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University.

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