Amy E. Brown conducts qualitative research on large-scale college reform implementation and costs, teaching and learning, STEM education, and student experiences at community colleges.
Her current projects include the Postsecondary Teaching with Technology Collaborative, English Learners in Community Colleges, and a study on the costs required to manage and operate the Federal Work-Study Program. Brown's past research at CCRC has focused on community colleges implementing guided pathways reforms. Specific projects include guided pathways adoption at the state and national levels, the potential for guided pathways reforms to address barriers to student access to and success in STEM programs, the development of a strategy to assess the impacts of whole-college reform adoption, the costs of guided pathways reforms, and student major selection processes. Her professional interests include efforts to challenge and remedy educational inequities and the craft and ethics of qualitative research.
Brown holds an MSEd in reading, writing, and literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in education and creative writing from Colgate University. Prior to joining CCRC, Brown assisted on faculty research projects at Penn and at Colgate. She also worked with young children in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, at Abington Friends School, and at the Bowdoin College Children’s Center.