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Fuhrman, Susan
President Emerita
Professor Emerita, Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis
Founder and Principal, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Organization & Leadership

Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman is Past-President of Teachers College, Columbia University, founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and past President of the National Academy of Education. She is a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association as well as a former Trustee Board member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a former non-executive Director of Pearson plc, the international education and publishing company.

Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman leads and conducts research through the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE).  CPRE receives significant support from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and private funding sources.  Grant awards to CPRE total nearly $146 million since its founding in 1985, with funding for active projects (2007-present) of over $17 million.
Education Update Distinguished Leader in Education Award, 2013.

National Academy of Education, elected to membership in 2002; elected Secretary-Treasurer, 2005; elected President-elect 2008, assumed Presidency, 2009
Ronald F. Campbell Award for a Distinguished Career of Scholarship and Action, Politics of Education Association, 1994
Rutgers University, Supplemental Salary Adjustment awarded in June 1988 in recognition of quality of service to the University; Distinguished Educator Award, 2009.
Northwestern University, B.A. with Highest Honors; Phi Beta Kappa; 1965; Distinguished Alumni award, 2008.

Crain’s NY Business, 100 Most Influential Women in Business,  2007


2009                Co-convenor, U.S./France Policy  Roundtable
2009                C.J. Koh Visiting Professor,  National Institute of Education, Singapore
2009                Participant in inauguration of  the Columbia University Global Centers in Beijing and Amman
2005-2006     Coordinator, Sino-US Education Policy  Roundtable
2004                Coordinator, US/UK Bilateral  Conference on Urban Education
2004-2013     Non-Executive Director, Pearson plc
2003                Chair, OECD Study of Education  Research in Mexico
2003-2007     Coordinator, US/NZ Educational Policy  Roundtable
2002-              Coordinator, CPRE/ National  Institute for Research on Pedagogy (INRP), France Roundtable
2001-2007     Coordinator, US/Thai Education Roundtable
2001-2006     Chair, Steering Committee, Eight Nation  Research Project
1999-2003     Member of the Research Grants Council,  University Grants Commission, Hong Kong
1996                Counselor to the Shanghai  Municipal Education Commission
1996                Expert Consultant to OECD to  review country reviews on policy
1995-2000     Chair, Steering Committee, Six Nation  Educational Research Project
1993-95          Member of Expert Panel, OECD project  on Educational Research and Development
1991                Coordinator, US/Australia  Education Policy Project


2014-                 Member,  Rand Graduate School Board
2014-                 Member,  Goldie Hawn MindUP Foundation Board
2009                  Co-Chair,  Roundtable on Education System Accountability, National  Research Council
2003-2008       Member, Board of Trustees, the Center for  Civic Responsibility
2002-2006       Member, National Coalition on Asia and  International Studies in the Schools
2002-2006       Member, Board of Trustees, the Fund for  New Jersey
2001-2009       Member, Board of Trustees, Carnegie  Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
2001-2005       Member, Council for Corporate and School  Partnerships, Coca-Cola
2000-2005       Member, Advisory Committee, Standard and  Poor’s School Evaluation Service
1999-2001       Co-Chair, National Advisory Panel, Third  International Mathematics and Science Study-Replication.
1998-2001       Member, Board of Overseers, Center for  Education, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.
1997-98           Member, Education Nominating  Committee, Charles A. Dana Foundation
1997- 2000     Advisory Board, National Institute for  Science Education
1996- 2000     Chair, Technical Advisory Panel,  Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory
1996-98           Member, Education Commission of the  States/NASDAC/Annenberg Advisory Committee
1996-99           Member, Committee on Education  Finance: Equity, Adequacy, and Productivity, National Research Council,  National Academy of Science
1995-2003      Member, Board of Directors,  Public/Private Ventures
1995-2001      Member, Congressionally Mandated  Independent Review Panel on Title I
1994-98           Member, Education Advisory Panel of  New American Schools Development Corporation
1992-93           Member, National Education Support  System for Teachers and Schools Committee; National Academy of Sciences'  National Research Council
1992                 Member, K-12 Task Force of the  Clinton/Gore Education Department Transition Team
1991                 Member, Standards Task Force,  National Council on Educational Standards and Testing, National Education Goals  Panel
1991-95           Member, National Advisory Board,  National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, Michigan State University
1990-93           Member, National Advisory Panel,  National Center for Educational Leadership, Harvard University
1988-89           Chair, Policy Analysis and Use Panel,  National Assessment of Educational   Progress
1974-83           Consultant in Management and  Financing of Education, Education and Public Policy Program, The Ford  Foundation, New York City


2005-6            Co-Chair, Governor-elect Jon  Corzine’s Education Policy Transition Panel
1993-95          Chair, National Advisory Council,  Delaware’s New Directions Reform Initiative
1991                Member, State of New Jersey Task  Force on Educational Assessment and Monitoring
1984                Consultant to Connecticut  General Assembly Study of the Program Review Committee
1975                Consultant to Governor Carey's  Task Force on School Finance Reform
1974                Consultant to the Connecticut  Commission to Study School Finance and of Educational Opportunity

2000                Member, I Had A Dream Project  Advisory Committee, Plainfield, NJ
1999                Co-Chair, Philadelphia  Mayor-Elect John Street’s Education Program Transition Team
1998-               Co-Chair, West Philadelphia and  University City Public School Cluster Resource Boards, Philadelphia
1998-              Member of Coordinating Committee  for new University of Pennsylvania-assisted Neighborhood Public School, West  Philadelphia.
1995-6            Member, Board of Directors,  Philadelphia Education Fund
1986-92          Member and Vice-President, Board of  Education, Westfield, NJ

Editorial Boards

2003-2004      Member, Editorial Board of Educational  Administration Quarterly
1999-2002     Member, Editorial Advisory Board of  American Education Research Journal
1996-97          Member, Editorial Advisory Board of  Review of Research in Education
1997-2003     Member, Editorial Board of Educational  Evaluation and Policy Analysis
1993-96          Member, Editorial Board of  Educational Administration Quarterly
1991-               Member of the Editorial Board,  Education Policy
1990-95          Member of the Editorial Board, Phi  Delta Kappan
1990                Section editor for Education Policy,  The Encyclopedia of Educational Research

Professional Associations

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

  • Policy  Council, 1996-2001(elected)
  • 1992  and 1993 Dissertation Award Committee
  • 1990 Program Committee

American  Educational Research Association

  • Member,  Research Advisory Committee, 2005-
  • Member, Consensus Panel on Research on Teacher Education, 2000-2005
  • Vice President, Division “L” -- Policy and Politics, 1998-2000 (elected)
  • Member,  ad hoc committee on AERA public policy positions, 1994
  • Chair, Organization of Institutional Affiliates, 1992
  • Chair,  Organization of Research Centers, 1988-89
  • Member,  Government and Professional Liaison Committee, 1988-93
  • Politics and Education Association, (Special Interest Group of AERA), member-at-large,       1989-90

American  Educational Finance Association

  • Member, Board of Trustees, 1981-83


Lessons Learned about Connecting Research to Policy: Making  the Most of Evaluation Findings,” Eastern Evaluation Research Society, April  15, 2013.

“Lessons Learned about Connecting Research to Policy,”  Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, September 6, 2012.

“Preparing Quality Teachers in the 21st Century:  The Preparation Challenge,” Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires,  Argentina, May 30, 2012.

“What Makes Effective Teaching (and Effective Teacher  Preparation)?,” ACS Cobham International School, February 2, 2012.

“Creating Quality Teachers in the 21st Century,”  Pearson Foundation, Santiago, Chile. November 12, 2011.

“Challenges and Opportunities in Education Reform,”  Citizens’ Committee for Children, NYC, October 29, 2009

“US Education Reform,” Lyons France, June, 2009

‘Teacher Quality,” East China Normal University, Shanghai,  China and National Institute of Education, Singapore, March, 2009

“Policy Implementation,” Catholic University, Milan, Italy,  March, 2009

“Education Policy in the United States,” Sino-US Education  Policy Roundtable, Shanghai, China, December 12, 2005.                  

“The Influence of Standards and Accountability Systems on  Curriculum Policy in the United States.,” with Margaret Goertz, at a meeting of  the National Institute for Research on Pedagogy,  Lyon, France, May 24, 2005.

“Education Policy in the United States,” East China Normal  University, Shanghai, China, March 14, 2005.
  “Education Policy in the United States,” at the Beijing  University, Beijing China, March 8, 2005.
  “Standards and Accountability in the United States,” US/UK  Bilateral Conference on Urban Education, London, England, December 13, 2004.
  “Accountability: How is it Working?” at the Summer Institute  of New Leaders for New Schools, Philadelphia, PA., July 27, 2004

“Education Research in Mexico,” at the Center for Education  Research and Improvement’s governing board, Organisation for Economic  Co-operation and Development. Paris, France, May 27, 2004

“A Culture of Evaluation: the Use of Assessment Data in the  US,” at the CPRE/ French National Institute for Research on Pedagogy (INRP)  Roundtable. Philadelphia, PA. January 23, 2004.

“Accountability in the United States: How is it Working?” at  the US/Australia Education Policy Roundtable. Melbourne, August 5, 2003.

“Accountability: What are We Learning?” at the National  Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting. San Francisco, Ca. July 23,  2003.

“The Impact and Use of Institutional Assessment,” at a  workshop of the Board of International and Comparative Studies in Education,  National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, March  3, 2003. 

“Accountability: What are We Learning?” at the Annual  Meeting of the National Academy of Education, Toronto, Canada, Oct 18, 2002.

“School Reform in the U.S.,” at the Annual Meeting of  Eduventures, Philadelphia, PA, July 27, 2002.

“Where is the Federal Power in Education Likely to Lead,” at  an Education Commission of the States’ National Forum, Los Angeles, CA, July  11, 2002.

“Issues in Federal Education Research Policy,” at the  anniversary meeting of the Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL, June 26, 2002.

“Accountability in the States: What is Research Showing,” at  the annual meeting of the Education Writers’ Association, Washington, DC, April  26, 2002.

“What We Know about Standards Reforms” at the Annual Meeting  of the American Educational Research Association (Mathematics Special Interest  Group), New Orleans, LA, April 3, 2002.

“Accountability: Is it Working?” at the Annual Meeting of  the American Association of School Administrators, San Diego, CA, February 15,  2002.

“Urban Educational Challenges: Is Reform the Answer?” The  Penn Graduate School of Education’s Annual Clayton Lecture in Urban Education,  Philadelphia, October, 2001.

 “Measuring Comprehensive  Reform Model Effectiveness: Schools, Student Learning, and Responsibility” at  the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New  Orleans, LA.  April 25, 2000.

Division L Vice Presidential address, “Education Policy:  What Role for Research?” at the annual meeting of the American Educational  Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 26, 2000.

Books and  Monographs

The State of Education Policy Research, co-edited  with David K. Cohen and Frederick Mosher, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum  Associates, 2006 forthcoming.
American Institutions of Democracy: The Public Schools, co-edited with  Marvin Lazerson.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education, co-edited with Richard  Elmore. New York: Teachers College Press, 2004.
From the Capitol to the Classroom: Standards-Based Reform in the States, One  Hundredth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education
,  edited book. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
Rewards and Reform: Creating Educational Incentives that Work
, co-edited  with Jennifer O'Day. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1996.
The Governance of Curriculum, co-edited with Richard F. Elmore.   Washington, D.C.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,  1994.
Designing Coherent Education Policy: Improving the System, edited book.  San  Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1993.
The Politics of Curriculum and Testing, co-edited with Betty Malen.   Philadelphia: Falmer Press, 1991.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Urban Education Challenges: Is Reform the Answer?” In "Messages  for Educational Leadership: The Constance E. Clayton Lectures 1998-2007"  by Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group, 2011.

“Educational governance in the US.: Where are we?   How did we get here?  Why should we care?,” with Margaret E. Goertz  and Elliot H. Weinbaum, in The State of Education Policy Research, edited by Susan Fuhrman, David K. Cohen and Frederick Mosher.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, forthcoming, 2006.

“The 10th Amendment: Standards, Testing, and Accountability,” in Who’s in Charge of the Schools? The Tangled Web or Education Power and Policy, edited by Noel Epstein, Brookings Institution Press, May 2004.
“Slow Down, You move Too Fast: The Politics of Making Changes in High-Stakes  Accountability Policies for Students,” with Margaret E. Goertz and Mark C.  Duffy, in Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education, co-edited  with Richard Elmore. New York: Teachers College Press, 2004.

“Riding waves, trading horses. The twenty-year effort to reform education.” in  D.T. Gordon (Ed.), A nation reformed? American education 20 years after A  Nation At Risk. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2003
“The district role in instructional improvement.” with Thomas B. Corcoran and  Catherine Belcher, Phi Delta Kappan, 83 (1): 78-84, 2001

“Holding schools accountable – is it working?” with Richard F. Elmore, Phi  Delta Kappan, 83(1): 67-72, 2001.

“Introduction” with Allan R.Odden, Phi Delta Kappan,  83 (1):  59-61, 2001.

"Improving Primary and Secondary Education," in Planning for a New  Century, The Metropolitan Agenda, edited by Jonathan Barnett, Island Press,  Washington, D.C., 2000.
“The Politics of School Finance,” with Melissa Carr, in Making Money Matter:  Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance, National Academy of Sciences  Press, 1999.
“Commentary on Reform Up Close,” in Diane Ravitch, ed. Education Policy,  Brookings, 1998.
“Educational Research in the USA.” In The Role of Research in Mature  Education Systems, edited by Seamus Hegarty.  Wales, U.K.: National  Foundation for Educational Research in England, 1997, pp. 28-31.
“Education Outcome-based Accountability Systems: Challenges and Lessons.”   In The Evaluation Exchange: Emerging Strategies in Evaluating Child  and Family Services, 1996, 2 (1): 8, 11.

"The New Accountability in State Education Reform: From Process to  Performance," with Richard F. Elmore and Charles H. Abelmann.  In Holding  Schools Accountable: Performance-Based Reform in Education, edited by Helen  Ladd.  Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1996, pp. 65-98.
“Ruling Out Rules: The Evolution of Deregulation in State Educational Policy,”  with Richard F. Elmore.  In Teachers College Record, 1995, 97 (2): 279-309.
"Challenges for Education Policy at the Turn of the Century."   In Seventy-Five Years of Progress: Prospects for School Mathematics,  edited by Iris M. Carl.  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 75th  Anniversary Volume, 1995, pp. 308-321.
"Opportunity-to-Learn Standards and the State Role in Education,"  with Richard F. Elmore.  In Teachers College Record, 1995, 96 (3): 432-457.
"Clinton's Education Policy and Intergovernmental Relations in the  1990's."  In Publius: 1994 Annual Review of Federalism, 1994, 24 (3): 83-97.
"Lessons from Victoria," with Susan Moore Johnson.  In Phi  Delta Kappan, 1994, 75: 770-774.
"National Education Standards," with Marshall S. Smith and Jennifer  O'Day.  In The Governance of Curriculum, edited by Richard F.  Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman.  Association for Supervision and Curriculum  Development, 1994.
"Legislatures and Education Policy."  In The Governance of  Curriculum, edited by Elmore and Fuhrman, ASCD, 1994.
"Governors and Education Policy," with Richard F. Elmore.  In The  Governance of Curriculum, edited by Elmore and Fuhrman, ASCD, 1994.
"School Reform in the United States: Putting it into Context," with  Richard F. Elmore and Diane Massell.  In Reforming Education: The  Emerging Systemic Approach, edited by Stephen L. Jacobson and Robert Berne.   Corwin Press, 1993, pp. 3-27.
"The Politics of Coherence." In Designing Coherent Policy:  Improving the System, edited by Susan H. Fuhrman.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 1993, pp. 1-34.
"The Center for Policy Research in Education: An Overview."  In Institutions  for Policy Advice, edited by Carol H. Weiss.  Sage Publications, 1991,  pp. 81-97.
"An Overview of Curriculum and Testing," with Betty Malen.  In The  Politics of Curriculum and Testing, edited by Susan H. Fuhrman and Betty  Malen.  Philadelphia: Falmer Press, 1991, pp. 1-9.
"State Educational Reform Since 1983: Appraisal and the Future," with  William A. Firestone and Michael W. Kirst.  In Education Policy,  1991, 5 (3): 233-250.
"An Overview of Education Reform Since 1983," with William A.  Firestone and Michael W. Kirst.  In The Educational Reform Movement of  the 1980’s: Themes and Cases, edited by J. Murphy. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan,  1990, pp. 349-363.
"The National Interest and the Federal Role in Education," with  Richard Elmore.  In Publius: 1990 Annual Review of  Federalism,  1990, 20 (3): 149-62.
"Diversity Amidst Standardization: State Differential Treatment of  Districts," with the assistance of Patti Fry.  In Choice and  Control in American Education, Vol. 2, edited by William Clune and John  Witte.  London: Falmer Press, 1990, pp. 251-82.
"Understanding Local Control in the Wake of State Education Reform,"  with Richard Elmore.  InEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis,  1990, 12 (1): 82-96.