Dr. Elisabeth A. Barnett is the Associate Director of the National Center for Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also affiliated with the Community College Research Center and the National Center for Postsecondary Research. She is project director for a research initiative designed to support the development of early college high schools and of projects related to college readiness and high school reform.
Dr. Barnett’s research interests relate to high school to college transition, early and middle college high schools, access to college, community colleges, workforce education, and international education. She has conducted or participated in research on summer bridge programs, middle and early college high schools, dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate initiatives, Tech Prep, career and technical education practices, and community college persistence.
Dr. Barnett received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Organization and Leadership with a focus on higher education. She also has bachelors and masters degrees from the School for International Training and from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her publications include a co-edited volume of New Directions in Community Colleges entitled Academic Pathways to and from the Community College (with Bragg;Jossey-Bass Publishers), reports entitled Bridging the Gap: An Impact Study of Eight Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in Texas (NCPR, lead author), and Preparing High School Students for College: An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs in Texas(NCPR, lead author), and a guide for early college high schools entitled Ten Key Decisions in Creating Early Colleges: Design Options Based on Research.