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TC's Noah Drezner is Honored by CASE for Research on Philanthropy

TC's Noah Drezner is Honored by CASE for Research on Philanthropy

Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education, has received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes Drezner for "The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter," a recently completed a population-based survey experiment that evaluates how social identity affects propensity to donate in response to different types of fundraising solicitations. Published: 6/16/2015

International Pre-Grad Program Has Advantages No Matter Where Applicant Lands

International Pre-Grad Program Has Advantages No Matter Where Applicant Lands

Global Search for Education, an international education blog in the Huffington Post, did a story about TC's new International Pre-Graduate Program, launched this month in Beijing, China to support the growing influx of students and prepare them for graduate programs in the U.S. Published: 4/14/2015

Holding on to Our Humanity: Anna Neumann is working to ensure the future of a cornerstone of American higher education

Holding on to Our Humanity: Anna Neumann is working to ensure the future of a cornerstone of American higher education

Dr. Anna Neumann, HPSE Professor and Organization and Leadership Department Chair, shares her insight on the need for professional development for instructors in all the disciplines that students study in their first two years of college -- commonly called general or liberal education. Published: 3/4/2015

TC's Nadelstern: For Accountability Alone, Approve Revised ESEA

TC's Nadelstern: For Accountability Alone, Approve Revised ESEA

This spring, Congress will decide whether to reauthorize the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Eric Nadelstern, Visiting Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership, comments on the ESEA reauthorization. Published: 2/1/2015

Speaking in Spain: TC's Chatterji discusses mixed methods in evaluation

Speaking in Spain: TC's Chatterji discusses mixed methods in evaluation

Dr. Madhabi Chatterji, Associate Professor of Measurement, Evaluation & Education, delivered two talks at a colloquium hosted by Spain's National University for Distance Learning (UNED). Published: 1/27/2015

October 24: Memorial Service

Jack Mezirow, Who Transformed the Field of Adult Learning, Dies at 91. Published: 10/15/2014 10:03:00 AM

Teachers College, Columbia University Launches MA/MBA Programs to Prepare School Leaders in Education and Business Management

Two-year programs offered by the College's Klingenstein Center for Independent and International School Leadership together with Columbia Business School and with INSEAD. Published: 10/8/2014

TC's Noah Drezner is Honored by CASE for Research on Philanthropy

Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education

Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education

Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education, has received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes Drezner for “The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter,” a recently completed a population-based survey experiment that evaluates how social identity affects propensity to donate in response to different types of fundraising solicitations. 

Drezner, who joined TC’s faculty in Fall 2014, is a leading authority on educational philanthropy and how colleges and universities can engage their alumni in more inclusive ways. He is co-principal investigator for the National Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Alumni, a multi-institutional mixed methods project.

More specifically, Drezner, a former advancement officer at the University of Rochester, has explored issues such as whether alumni who received need-based financial aid are more or less likely to give to higher education institutions than those who received merit-based aid; and how gender, race or sexual orientation affect a donor's propensity to give or level of giving.

The survey experiment for which Drezner is being honored evaluated attitudes toward two randomly assigned fictitious solicitation letters, created using different possible donor identities and motivations that have emerged in prior scholarship,. The letters describe an individual student: (1) who is meritorious, (2) has general financial need, (3) is a first-generation college student, (4) is gay or lesbian with lack of parental support. Three additional conditions were varied randomly across respondents: gender, race/ethnicity, and name of the student. The experiment allowed Drezner to understand how solicitations that mirror donor identity effect philanthropic giving. In a field in which the research has been almost entirely qualitative, Drezner’s survey experiment included s over 1600 respondents. In his initial analysis, Drezner did find that those who share higher number of social identities with the student profiled in the solicitation letter are more likely than others to assign more importance to the causes described in the letters. He also found that women and those with marginalized identities (race and sexual orientation) showed greater interest in solicitations in supporting other marginalized individuals, even if it was not a direct shared identity.

Drezner’s past honors include the CASE 2009 H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement , which he received for his dissertation, Cultivating a Culture of Giving: An Exploration of Institutional Strategies to Enhance African American Young Alumni Giving;;  the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) 2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, for Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors. He was named the inaugural AFP Early Career Emerging Scholar in 2014.


(6/16/2015)