Assistant Director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) at Sacramento State University
IHELP’s mission is to improve students’ readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education. IHELP staff conducts research and applies evidence to produce actionable recommendations to improve policy and practice. Colleen’s principal areas of focus include college readiness and success, career technical education, state and system policy, and regional P-20 approaches and pathways development. Colleen has co-authored numerous IHELP reports and articles on higher education policy and finance, higher education performance and accountability, community college student success, the community college transfer process, and career technical education. Prior to her work at IHELP, Colleen worked for several public and private organizations conducting policy-oriented research on a variety of topics, including California’s Employment Development Department, the California Institute for County Government, the Defense Personnel Security Research Center, the Prevention Research Center, and the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of the Pacific, and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University.