DR. CARRIE B. KISKER is an education research and policy consultant based in Los Angeles, California. She applies a broad-based understanding of critical higher education issues to generate strategic policy and practical solutions. Dr. Kisker’s work centers on higher education policy and program development, policy research, and grant-funded projects aimed at improving community college and university governance, funding, strategic planning, collaboration, and student success.
Dr. Kisker is also a director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, a non-profit research and policy center based in Los Angeles. The Center’s mission is to improve community college effectiveness and student success by engaging in relevant and applicable research related to community college practice and policy (www.centerforcommunitycolleges.org).
Prior to founding Kisker Education Consulting, Dr. Kisker was the managing editor of New Directions for Community Colleges, a quarterly journal focused on community college research and practice. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of higher education, student affairs, college student development, and citizenship, leadership, and service. She co-wrote, with Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer, The American Community College (Jossey-Bass, 6th ed., 2014), and with Arthur M. Cohen wrote The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System (Jossey-Bass, 2nd ed., 2010).
Dr. Kisker holds a B.A. in psychology and education from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sean, and their children Meredith and Grayson.
Her Curriculum Vitae may be accessed here.