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Maggie Fay Named CTE Fellow by North Carolina State University

A photo of Maggie Fay against a blue background. The text announces her award

CCRC Research Associate Maggie Fay has been named a 2019 ECMC Foundation Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Fellow by North Carolina State University.

Fay is a PhD candidate in sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the fellowship will support her dissertation research on remedial math. Fay is using mixed methods research to improve the understanding of how math remediation affects academic trajectories. She is exploring students’ experiences in these courses, the relationship between gender and course performance, and the motivations and outcomes of students who fail but repeat remedial math courses.

Fay said she is thrilled to receive the fellowship.

“This support from the ECMC Foundation Research Fellow for Postsecondary CTE Research will allow me to spend more time analyzing data and writing my dissertation,” she said. “Despite many reforms to developmental education underway in the field, referral to remediation—and particularly math remediation—remains a big barrier to academic progress for many students in CTE and non-CTE programs. I believe that my dissertation research will offer some new insights to the field that may help to make math remediation the developmental intervention that it is supposed to be.”

The CTE Research Program at North Carolina State University seeks to enhance and strengthen postsecondary CTE research. The fellows receive up to $60,000 to complete a research project and participate in two training institutes, webinars on research methods, and a convening during the yearlong fellowship. Each fellow will be paired with a CTE researcher who will serve as a mentor.

At CCRC, Fay’s research focuses on college readiness, developmental mathematics, reforms to developmental education, and the implementation of guided pathways reforms.

Fay is one of 16 research fellows from around the United States chosen for this year’s program. She was sponsored by Dr. Paul Attewell at the City University of New York.

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