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Tue, October 22, 2019

The Center for Research and Policy in Education

The Center for Research and Policy in Education welcomes you!

The Center for Research and Policy in Education welcomes you!



Dr. Laura Rendón, Co-Director

Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Rendón earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a M.A. in counseling and guidance and psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Houston, and holds an associate of arts degree from San Antonio College. Rendón also attended Laredo Community College.

Rendón is an active scholar whose research has been published in key education research journals. She is also the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. Moreover, she is co-editor of books and monographs including: 1) Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color, 2) Educating a New Majority, 3) Introduction to American Higher Education, and 4) Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education ASHE Reader.


She is one of the founders and former Board Chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (Washington, DC) focused on providing access to college for low-income students. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Further, Rendón has designed and coordinated the yearly Latino/a Student Success Institute for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

Dr. Amaury Nora, Co-Director


Dr. Amaury Nora is Professor of Higher Education, Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also Editor of The Review of Higher Education, the journal for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Dr. Nora was inducted into the Class of 2009 as an AERA Fellow for his scholarship in the field of higher education. His research has focused on theoretical perspectives related to student persistence, the role of college on diverse student populations across different types of institutions, and the development of retention models that integrate economic theories and psychosocial perspectives within college persistence frameworks. The extent of his inquiries has contributed to traditional as well as non-traditional lines of research on college student persistence. Nora has served on the editorial boards of Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education and The Journal of College Student Retention: Research and Theory.

Dr. Nora is currently a member of a Technical Review Panel for the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) focused on the HSLS:09 national longitudinal study. He has also served as consultant to the American Council of Education, National Advisory Board member for the evaluation of GEAR UP, and reviewer for the National Research Council in Washington, DC. He has numerous publications in The Review of Higher Education (RHE), The Journal of Higher Education (JHE),Research in Higher Education (RHE), Review of Education Research (RER), and the American Educational Research Journal.