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Serena Hinz

Serena E. Hinz

Research Analyst


PhD, Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University
BA, Anthropology, University of Michigan


Serena Hinz is a research analyst who works primarily in the realm of postsecondary education, though she has written quantitative, qualitative, and theoretical policy papers spanning the K-20 education spectrum. Her primary research interests concern the relationship between social stratification and education, including the topics of equity in college access, in the college experience, and in post-graduation outcomes. Dr. Hinz is the project director for the contract to improve the College Results Online website, which helps prospective college students make more informed choices and shows colleges how they compare to their peers on performance indicators such as graduation rate. Other projects include a technical report about conducting event history analysis with federal education data and an international comparison of adult literacy and numeracy skills using data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Dr. Hinz is also working on projects related to career and technical education, outcomes after transferring from a community college to a four-year college, and attrition from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) after college. 

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