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John Fink, Research Associate


John Fink conducts research on student course-taking and enrollment patterns, two- and four-year institution transfer partnerships, high school dual enrollment students, and implementation and impacts of “guided pathways” reforms.

John led analysis and co-authored​ with Davis Jenkins​ the 2016 Tracking Transfer​ report presenting new metrics and national findings on state and institutional transfer performance. He subsequently co-authored the Transfer Playbook​ detailing the essential practices of high-performing transfer partnerships.

John's research is published in the Journal of American College Health, Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice,​ New Directions for Student Services​,​​ and the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. He regularly presents at national conferences and has been invited to give keynote and plenary addresses at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, AACC Fall Meeting, and regional conferences in New York, Florida, Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Ontario.

Prior to joining CCRC, ​John​ advised transfer students and created a comprehensive support program for community college transfer students at the University of Maryland, College Park where he also earned a M​​A​​ in College Student Personnel. Previously, he earned a B​A​​ in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin​, Madison​​.​