Alicia C. Dowd
Co-Director and Associate Professor
Phone: (213) 740-5202
Office: WPH 702
Alicia C. Dowd, Ph.D., is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and co-director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE), whose mission is to promote racial-ethnic equity in postsecondary educational experiences and student outcomes.
Dr. Dowd’s research focuses on the political-economy of postsecondary financing, governance, and research. Her work informs understanding of organizational learning and effectiveness, institutional accountability and the factors affecting student attainment in higher education. Contributing to federal policy, she presented testimony in 2010 on broadening participation in STEM to the subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee and, in 2011, addressed issues of transfer and curriculum articulation as a panelist at the National Academies of Sciences’ Summit on Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape
Dr. Dowd has served as the principal investigator of several major, national studies of institutional effectiveness, equity, community college transfer, benchmarking, and assessment, which were funded by several major philanthropic foundations. The results of these studies have been published in numerous journals including the Review of Educational Research, the Harvard Educational Review, the Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Teacher’s College Record.
As a research methodologist, Dr. Dowd has also served on numerous federal advisory bodies, including the review panels of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Systems and Broad Reform Review Panel and the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP-Type 2). She was also a member of technical working groups consulting on the evaluation design for the Academic Competitiveness and SMART (science, mathematics, technology) grants awarded by the U. S. Department of Education and an IES Adult Education Research advisory group. She served as a member of the advisory group for the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid (ACSFA).
Dr. Dowd was awarded the doctorate by Cornell University, where she studied the social foundations of education, labor economics, and curriculum and instruction. Her undergraduate studies were also at Cornell, where she was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in English literature with distinction.