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Brent Evans

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations

Brent Evans is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University where he conducts quantitative research on higher education policy. Professor Evans employs the tools and perspectives of economics and focuses on issues of college access and student success. His current projects include studying high school interventions to improve college enrollment and degree completion, how lessons from behavioral economics can be applied to persistence and success in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), whether financial incentives can alter students' choice of major, and how students use Advanced Placement credits in college. His work is published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and Innovative Higher Education. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on an Institute for Education Sciences grant that is studying the effect of pre-college advising on high school students postsecondary education outcomes in Texas.

While completing his Ph.D. at Stanford University, he was an Institute of Education Sciences Fellow in the Center for Education Policy Analysis. Professor Evans also holds an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. His professional experience includes working as an admission counselor at the University of Virginia, teaching at Haileybury College in the United Kingdom, and serving on the staff of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance where he advised the U.S. Department of Education and Congress on federal financial aid policy.

Media Mentions

Nashville Post - 'Loan aversion' focus of Vanderbilt study