Together with Davis Jenkins, Shanna Smith Jaggars manages a suite of studies funded under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that focus on community college student success. Jaggars is a project lead for Online Courses in Community Colleges, Streamlining the Student Experience, and Developmental Assessment, Placement, Programming and Outcomes.
In partnership with MDRC, she leads the quantitative portion of the evaluation of the Developmental Education Initiative. Jaggars is Research Coordinator for the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) and is leading the project’s Virginia study.
Jaggars received her doctorate in 2002 from the University of Texas at Austin in Human Development and Family Science, where she focused on the methodological and statistical issues inherent in longitudinal dyadic research.
Prior to joining CCRC, Jaggars ran the statistical consulting unit at the University of Texas at Austin, where she collaborated on studies involving information technology usage in the postsecondary setting, the mental and physical health of college students, and a range of other topics.