Abstract of

“Pathways: Successful Transitions To and Through Higher Education”

Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (Pathways Research Training Program) 

Institute of Education Sciences (CFDA Number 84.305B)


* Jana Noel, California State University, Sacramento, College of Education 

* Timothy Fong, California State University, Sacramento, Department of Ethnic Studies;

* Su Jin Jez, California State University, Sacramento, Department of Public Policy & Administration

The Sacramento State Pathways Training Fellows (PTF) Program has the purpose of preparing upper level undergraduates and master’s level students to engage in rigorous, high quality educational research and enter a doctoral level program in a field that conducts educational research. The PTF program will serve 40-60 Fellows over a period of four years, utilizing a learning community model. Each PTF cohort will participate in a one calendar year training program: (a) spring – research training and conducting research with Faculty Research Mentors, (b) summer - serving in a summer Research Apprenticeship at a policy and research center, and (c) fall - continuing to receiving mentoring from Faculty Research Mentors toward publication, presentation, and application to doctoral study.

The research theme is Pathways: Successful Transitions To and Through Higher Education. Within this theme, Fellows will study factors that inequitably affect students, especially underrepresented minorities, as they progress through to and through higher education, including barriers and supports to educational progress; racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic impacts on students; and policies and legislation affecting student transitions between high school, community college, and the 4-year university.

The interdisciplinary team of co-PIs and Faculty Research Mentors (from Education, Ethnic Studies, and Public Policy & Administration) each bring unique and complementary research strengths. Current faculty research topics will provide research opportunities for the PTFs: successful programs to support Latina/o high school STEM students, English Language Learner and bilingual K-12 programs, the role of community wealth in education within marginalized communities, research on K-16 pathways programs, supportive mentoring and support practices in higher education for racial and ethnic minorities, the role of wealth and race in college access using national datasets, effects of market-based reforms on education systems, and educational policy analysis based on geographic and economic patterns.

PTFs will serve summer Research Apprenticeships at one of several exemplary research and policy centers, entering a workplace, team-oriented environment where they will engage in research related to our educational theme. Research Apprenticeship sites include Campaign for College Opportunity, Institute of Social Research, Public Policy Institute of California, and potentially WestED. Some PTFs will have the opportunity to continue their research with their Faculty Research Mentors for their summer Research Apprenticeship.