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Don Hossler, director for of the Center of Postsecondary Research and director of the Project on Academic Success, is professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the Indiana University School of Education and former executive director of research at the National Student Clearinghouse. His areas of specialization include college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management. He has served as vice chancellor for enrollment services for IU Bloomington, associate vice president for enrollment services for IU's seven-campus system, and chair of the School of Education's educational leadership and policy studies program. Hossler is the 2009 recipient of the Association for Institutional Research Sydney Suslow Award for significant contributions to the development of institutional research, planning, and decision making.

Robert K. Toutkoushian, project director of PAS's Spencer Study on Educational Equity Programs, is professor of higher education at the University of Georgia. He was previously associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University School of Education. Toutkoushian specializes in the application of economic theories and methods to problems in higher education. He has a Ph.D. in economics from IU and has worked as a research analyst at the University of Minnesota and as executive director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the University System of New Hampshire. His numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals are on topics including faculty compensation, student demand for higher education, finance, and policy analysis. Toutkoushian also was editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research and president of the Association for Institutional Research.

Phoebe Khasiala Wakhungu, Ph.D., project manager of the Project on Academic Success, conducts research on college student persistence, student academic success, and faculty vitality. She earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies at Indiana University. Her research interests include effects of postsecondary financing and institutional effects on student academic achievement, retention of low-income students in postsecondary education, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and survey methodology. She teaches introductory statistical techniques at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington.

Mary Ziskin, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include Student persistence, academic success, the racial stratification of educational opportunity, discourses surrounding academic merit, and critical research methodologies.

Afet Dundar collaborates with the Project on Academic Success in the College Board Study on Student Retention. She earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies at Indiana University. Afet is currently an associate director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Jacob Gross Ph.D., an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Louisville and collaborates with the Project on Academic Success on various projects. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he worked as a policy analyst at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the state higher education coordinating board for West Virginia. His research work focuses on how policies help or hinder underrepresented students getting into and through postsecondary education. Most of his work has focused on finances and financial aid. He is beginning a line of research on former foster youth in postsecondary education as well. He edits the Journal of Student Financial Aid and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education./p>

Jin Chen, Ph.D., consultant on various PAS projects. She received both her doctorate degree in Educational Policy Studies and master's degree in applied statistics at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). Jin is currently a research scientist at the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, IUB. Her research interests include equity in higher education, postsecondary financing and financial aid, and quantitative research methods.

Xin Yuan, research associate at the Project on Academic Success, is a Ph.D. student in inquiry methodology at School of Education and a master student in applied statistics at Department of Statistics in Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include data integration for longitudinal survey, effect size for single subject design, and propensity score matching.

Youngsik Hwang, research associate at the Project of Academic Success, is a Ph.D. student in higher education and student affairs program at Indiana University, School of Education. He has a master's degree in economics from Korea University. His research interests include economics of education, educational finance, and measurement of educational quality in higher education.

Angel Cassandra Nathan, research associate at the Project on Academic Success, is a Ph. D. student in higher education at Indiana University's School of Education with a minor in non-profit management. She has a master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include governance, athletics and completion patterns in higher education.