2012 TC Academics
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College Columbia University


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Kevin J. Dougherty

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A., Washington University, Political Science.
  • M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University, Sociology.

Scholarly Interests

Higher education policy and reform.  K-12 educational policy and reform. The community college. College students. Sociology of education.

Prof. Dougherty's current research is focused on the origins and consequences of state accountability systems for higher education (particularly performance funding).  In the past, Professor Dougherty has done extensive research and writing on state policies affecting access to, and success in, community colleges by minority and low-income students; policies affecting immigrant student access to higher education; the historical origins and impact on students of community colleges; the role of higher education in economic and workforce development; and reform movements in elementary and secondary education (especially school choice, charter schools, and school standards).

Selected Publications

EDPA 4025: Higher education policy

This course is provides an introduction to major policy enactments in higher education both in the United States and abroad. The policies reviewed include provision of different types of colleges, private higher education, tuition and student financial aid, affirmative action, quality assurance and performance accountability, and curricular and degree standardization (Bologna process). The course examines the forms, political origins, implementation, and impacts of these policies. The aim is to help students develop a broad and deep understanding of the main directions of - but also limitations to - higher educational policymaking in the United States and abroad.

ORLH 4040: The American college student

Reviews the demographic data about student access to college, the determinants of social class, race and gender differences in college access and choice, and the influence of colleges upon students.

EDPA 4047: Politics and Public Policy

What are the relative roles of research and politics in determining public policy? One tradition considers public policy from the perspective of rational decision-making and considers research to be a source of objective enlightenment. A second tradition considers public policy as the outcome of battles among organized interests and portrays research as a weapon exploited by the powerful to further their own ends. This course addresses these and other issues as they relate to each of the stages in the policy process and as manifested in contemporary education policy debates such as that around school choice.

EDPA 5023: Policymaking for effective high school to college transition

The course examines policymaking efforts by the federal and state governments to facilitate the movement of students from high school to college and their effective preparation to meet college requirements. The policies reviewed include student financial aid, the TRIO and GEAR UP programs, state common core curriculum standards, accelerated learning programs, and state longitudinal data systems. The course examines the content of these policies, their political origins and implementation, and their impacts. The aim is to help students develop a broad and deep understanding of the main directions of - but also limitations to - national and state policymaking with respect to high school to college transition.

Centers and Projects

Center on Chinese Education
Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/coce/

The Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University (CoCE) is aimed at contributing to a better understanding of education in China and to educational exchange between the United States and China. It seeks to achieve this mission through three categories of activities: research and development, education and training, as well as outreach and exchange. These activities will draw upon the historically special relationship between Chinese education and Teachers College, the interests and expertise of the faculty at Teachers College, as well as expertise and resources outside of Teachers College. Major funding for the Center's activities is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Contact: Mun C. Tsang
E-mail: mct27@columbia.edu

Community College Research Center
Website: http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) was established in 1996 with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is housed within the Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE). The main purpose of the CCRC is to frame critical questions concerning the fundamental purposes, problems, and performance of community colleges, and chart a course for strengthening scholarly research on the future of these important institutions.

'When we speak of the transition from school to work, we will be speaking more often of the community college,' says Professor Thomas R. Bailey, who is also Director of the Center. 'When we speak of retraining our nation's labor force, we will also be speaking more often of the community college.'

The Center has taken a broad and comprehensive view of the community college over the course of the grant, but focused primarily on the roles of community colleges in workforce and economic development. The specific purposes of the Center are to: (1) synthesize existing research on the roles community colleges have been playing and the extent and determinants of their effectiveness within those; (2) formulate and answer new research questions on important issues confronting the community college sector; (3) begin exploration of alternative policies and directions for community colleges; (4) attract new researchers to the field and solidify a network of community college practitioners and scholars; and (5) suggest directions for data collection. The Center draws on expertise from a national advisory panel of community college practitioners, policy makers, and research scholars. The Center funds fellowships to doctoral students who are interested in writing dissertations on community college issues. The fellowship recipients work at the CCRC and participate in research projects. Reports of research findings, occasional papers, and non-technical Briefs are available through the CCRC website, or for a nominal cost.

Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group
Website: http://www.tc.edu/latino-ed/

Kevin J. Dougherty appeared in the following articles:

Education Dreams (6/27/2013)

TC at AERA 2013 (4/26/2013)

EPSA at AERA 2013 (4/15/2013)

TC's Kevin Dougherty: Performance Funding Has Yet to Show Significant Impacts on Student Outcomes (6/20/2012)

Video Highlights from TC's Other Curriculum (5/10/2012)

Educational Equity for Undocumented Students: Legislators to Discuss Dream Act for New York State on April 10 at TC (4/9/2012)

Living a Dream Deferred (5/15/2011)

Contesting a Dream (3/13/2011)

Employee News (2/11/2011)

Staffing News (12/17/2010)

Ready to Take On the World (10/22/2010)

State Legislators Convene at TC (5/19/2010)

Front and Center on the National Stage (4/1/2010)

State Legislators to Meet at TC to Talk About Education (3/4/2010)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (8/6/2009)

Dougherty and Natow present on performance-based funding at AERA (4/24/2009)

TC at AERA (4/21/2009)

Its Not Just a Homecoming - it's a Festival (4/6/2009)

Study to Examine Performance-Based Financial Rewards for State Colleges (7/24/2008)

2006: The Year in Review (5/8/2007)

CCRC Releases Groundbreaking Book on Challenges Facing Community Colleges (12/6/2006)

American Educational Research Association Features TC Faculty (4/8/2006)

American Educational Research Association Features TC Faculty and Student Research (4/6/2006)

Rallying at the Supreme Court for Affirmative Action (8/31/2004)

Nathan Walker (12/21/2003)

Julie Schell (9/22/2003)

TC Student Senate's First Annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (6/1/2003)

TC Rallies for Affirmative Action at the U.S. Supreme Court (4/1/2003)

In Brief (10/1/2002)

Personnel (10/1/2002)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Community Colleges Serving the Needs of Education and the Economy (1/1/2002)

Chinese Scholars Come to TC Through Center on Chinese Education (10/1/2001)

Sloan Foundation Extends Grant to Community College Reserach Center (1/1/2001)

Faculty Adds Thirteen in Fall Semester, Two in Spring (9/1/2000)