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Adela Soliz

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Adela Soliz is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, in the Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College. Dr. Soliz's research focuses on policies affecting student success at public community colleges. Most of her research uses large state administrative or national datasets and econometric methods to estimate causal effects of policies and program participation on community college students’ outcomes. She is interested in issues related to college affordability, the development of vocational education at community colleges, and transfer and articulation between two and four-year institutions. Her research has been published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Education Finance and Policy. Dr. Soliz’s research has been funded by the American Educational Research Association, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. She is WT Grant Foundation Scholar, class of 2024. She is also a 2021 NAED/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.

Before coming to Vanderbilt, Professor Soliz was a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy. Soliz holds a doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before going to HGSE, Soliz taught developmental English at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, as well as ESL, GED, and citizenship classes in non-profits supporting immigrant populations around New York City. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College.