tor of the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College. His most recent book, co-edited with Vanessa Morest, is Defending the Community College Equity Agenda (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). He is an economist, with specialties in education, labor economics, and econometrics, and holds a Ph.D. in labor economics from MIT.
LINNEA FLETCHER is chair of the Department of Biotechnology at Austin Community College (ACC) and continues to work on several federal and state grants. After several years working in laboratories, she began a career in education at ACC in 1991. She served as chair of the Department of Biology and then assistant dean of mathematics, science and technology. In 1997, she became interested in bringing biotechnology training to ACC. As part of this goal, she joined the Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Grant (Bio-Link). After serving several years as chair of the Department of Biotechnology and working on a variety of National Science Foundation (NSF) educational grants, she accepted a rotator position at NSF as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education. After two years at NSF, she returned to ACC. She obtained her bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry at the University of California at Irvine and her Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin.
BRIDGET TERRY LONG is the Xander Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. She is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and research affiliate of the National Center for Postsecondary Research. In July 2005, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured her as one of the “New Voices” in higher education; and in 2008, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awarded her the Robert P. Huff student financial assistance. An economist specializing in education, she studies the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Her work focuses on college access and choice, factors that influence student outcomes, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions. She received an A.B. from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the Harvard University Department of Economics.
JUDY C. MINER is president of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. She has worked as a higher education administrator since 1977 and in the California Community Colleges since 1979 where she has held administrative positions in student services and instruction at City College of San Francisco, the California Community Colleges Chancellorâ€™s