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Jason Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The University of Utah; Faculty Affiliate, Belk Center


Jason L. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a research specialization in evaluation methods and concentration in public policy. His broad research interests are at the intersection of community college and higher education policy and educational and social inequality. Dr. Taylor has conducted and led several quantitative and mixed methods studies related to college readiness, developmental education, college affordability, adult pathways to college, dual credit/enrollment and early college experiences, transfer policy and reverse transfer, degree reclamation, LGBTQ+ students, career and technical education, and educational access and equity. The goal of his research is to examine and better understand how public policies affects underserved students’ access to, transition through, and success in community colleges and institutions of higher education to contribute to both theory and practice.

Dr. Taylor has authored many research and evaluation reports, has published in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, Community College Review, the Community College Journal of Research and PracticeEducation Policy Analysis ArchivesHigher Education: Handbook of Theory and ResearchNew Directions for Community CollegesThe Review of Higher Education. In 2016, he was awarded the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholars award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. He is currently the Vice Chair for the Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), an ASHE Council. Dr. Taylor’s research is informed by his experiences as a first-generation college graduate and his professional experience working in institutional and policy contexts. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Taylor was an academic advisor at Illinois State University where he advised new freshmen and transfer students. He was also the Registrar at Chaparral College in Tucson, Arizona.