Faculty & Staff

Tara L. Parker, PhD

Associate Professor of Higher Education, Chair of the Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development


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Additional Information

Tara Parker’s research agenda focuses on higher education policy related to access and equity for historically underrepresented groups, particularly students of color. She is especially interested in the ways policies such as remedial and/or developmental education relate to postsecondary opportunities and outcomes. She has authored journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers examining institutional responses to changes in higher education policy. In partnership with the Education Commission for the States, she is currently principal investigator of the Getting Past Go Project at UMass Boston. This national research project, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, seeks to leverage developmental education as a critical component of state efforts to increase college attainment rates. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Parker was a research assistant for the Alliance for International Higher Education Policy Studies (AIHEPS), directed by Richard C. Richardson, at New York University. The AIHEPS project, funded by the Ford Foundation, examined the impact of state and provincial policy on higher education performance (i.e., degree completion and college choice). Professor Parker earned her PhD from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.