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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

An introduction to the higher education policy making process. Main topics: the general nature of policy making with examples and readings from higher education; key actors, institutional structures and processes in the federal, state, and local higher education policy arenas; and the origins and consequences of key policy enactments affecting college access and success, instruction, performance accountability, and the economic development role of higher education.

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

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

Community College Research Center

Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group

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)