Nikki Edgecombe conducts research on developmental education reform (including acceleration), teaching and learning, instructional technology, student support services, and college readiness.
Edgecombe is a project lead for the Analysis of Statewide Developmental Education Reform, and the implementation portion of the evaluation of CUNY Start, a joint study with MDRC. Previously she led the Scaling Innovation in the Community College project, as well as work on Accelerated Developmental Education Models, Student Success Courses, and Online Courses in Community Colleges.
She holds a PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in urban studies–economics from Columbia University.
Edgecombe joined CCRC from private industry, where she was a research analyst responsible for assessing the financial and organizational performance of publicly traded companies and evaluating the effects of federal and state policy on strategy and execution.
Prior to her work in the private sector, Edgecombe studied teacher learning and school-based professional development at the Urban Education Institute and Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.