Lauren McGuire, M.P.P. is a Research Associate at the Belk Center. In her role, she performs research tasks in partnership with other members of the Belk team to advance the Center’s strategic priorities. Her research interests include community college transfer, teaching and learning in postsecondary education, and how place affects education. Lauren has previously worked in higher education policy, research administration, and the student affairs fields. She earned her Master of Public Policy in Education Policy from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning was earned from Michigan State University.