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John Fink, Research Associate


John Fink conducts research investigating student experiences at community colleges and transfer pathways between community college and four-year universities.

Fink holds an MA in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, where his thesis—later published in the Journal of American College Health—created a predictive model of student psychological well-being using college environments and student experiences across nine institutions. Previously, he earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, his home state.

Prior to joining CCRC, Fink advised transfer students and created a new comprehensive support program for community college transfer students at the University of Maryland. Since 2012, he has also served as a founding member of a national research team pursuing an alternative and comprehensive assessment of college educational quality.