Thomas Bailey is the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC).
With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bailey established CCRC at Teachers College in 1996. He is also the director of two national centers funded by grants from the Institute for Education Sciences: the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE), established in 2011, and the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), established in 2014. From 2006 to 2012, he directed another IES-funded center, the National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR).
In June 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him 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 was inducted as an AERA Fellow in 2013 and has been a member of the National Academy of Education since 2012.
His papers have appeared in a wide variety of education, policy-oriented, and academic journals, and he has authored or co-authored several books on the employment and training of immigrants and the extent and effects of on-the-job training. Along with Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins, Bailey is working on a book about improving student outcomes in community colleges, which will be published by Harvard University Press in spring 2015.
Bailey holds a PhD from MIT with specialties in education, labor economics, and econometrics.