Thomas Bailey is the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Bailey holds a PhD from MIT with specialties in education, labor economics, and econometrics.
Bailey established the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College in 1996, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In addition to CCRC, he also serves as Director of the national Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE), housed at and led by CCRC and funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. From 2006 to 2012, Bailey directed the National Center for Postsecondary Research, also funded by the Institute for Education Sciences.
In June 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Bailey chair of the Committee on Measures of Student Success, which developed recommendations for community colleges to comply with completion rate disclosure requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Bailey’s articles have appeared in a wide variety of education, policy-oriented and academic journals, and he has authored or co-authored eight books. His most recent, co-edited with Vanessa Morest, is Defending the Community College Equity Agenda (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
Bailey received the AERA Division J (Postsecondary Education) Exemplary Research Award in 2012 and in the same year was elected as a member of the National Academy of Education.