Davis Jenkins

Davis Jenkins is a senior research associate at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He conducts research on how to increase access to economic opportunity by disadvantaged youths and adults. A key focus of his work is finding ways to strengthen the capacity of public postsecondary institutions, particularly community colleges, to educate economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals for gainful employment in a knowledge economy. Currently, Davis is directing a series of studies that use longitudinal student unit record data collected by state agencies to chart the paths of students within and across educational systems and identify the determinants of educational and labor market success. He is also co-directing a study of community college institutional effectiveness with CCRC director Thomas Bailey. His recent publications include: Building Pathways to Success for Low-Skill Adult Students: Lessons for Community College Policy and Practice from a Statewide Longitudinal Tracking Study, with David Prince of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and What Community College Policies And Practices Are Effective In Promoting Student Success? A Study of High- And Low-Impact Institutions. His current work at CCRC is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, through the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count initiative, and the Ford Foundation, as part of the Community College Bridges to Opportunity project. Davis is one of the originators of the "career pathways" concept, and advises states, colleges and local agencies on aligning public resources for education, workforce and human services to support educational and economic advancement for individuals and better address regional labor force needs. Davis has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, evaluator, consultant and program manager on projects related to education for employment in the U.S. and abroad. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University.