Michelle Hodara is a researcher at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and a research affiliate at the Community College Research Center. She studies the high school to college transition and is the lead researcher for the Oregon College and Career Readiness Research Alliance.
At CCRC, Hodara conducted quantitative and qualitative research on the assessment and placement process for incoming community college students and the effects of developmental education policies and programs on student outcomes. Hodara also provided technical assistance to community colleges in the areas of evaluation and improving data capacity.
Hodara holds a PhD in economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation used quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the impact of developmental English and English as a second language coursework on the college progression and degree attainment of language minority community college students. Prior to attending Teachers College, Hodara was a special education teacher on the Zuni Pueblo Indian reservation in northwest New Mexico and a developmental reading and writing instructor at University of New Mexico in Gallup, New Mexico.