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Nikki Edgecombe, Senior Research Scholar

Nikki Edgecombe is a senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center. She conducts research on developmental education, education equity, teaching and learning, English learners, faculty development, minority-serving institutions, and higher education finance, among other topics. She is the principal investigator for the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), a U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded research center on developmental education jointly run with the social policy research organization MDRC. Edgecombe also leads IES studies on English learners in community colleges and on the adaptation of Lesson Study for community college mathematics instruction.

Edgecombe oversees CCRC’s research portfolio on developmental education, which, in addition to CAPR, includes a mixed-methods study of developmental English reform and English as a Second Language in three states and the implementation portion of the MDRC-led IES evaluation of CUNY Start. Edgecombe previously led several other studies examining the implementation and outcomes of developmental education reforms around the country. Edgecombe also studies and writes about education equity and recently wrote “Demography as Opportunity,” a chapter in the 2019 edited volume Thirteen Ideas That Are Transforming the Community College World.

Edgecombe joined CCRC from JPMorgan, where she studied the financial and organizational performance of publicly traded companies and made investment recommendations to institutional clients. Prior to her work in the private sector, she studied teacher learning and school-based professional development at the Urban Education Institute (formerly the Center for School Improvement) and Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD and a MSEd in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Urban Studies–Economics from Columbia University.