Dr. Carrie B. Kisker is an education research and policy consultant in Los Angeles, California. She engages in relevant and applicable research pertaining to community college policy and practice, and has managed several large grant-funded projects working to improve community college coordination, effectiveness, and student success in California and Arizona. 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 is co-author, with Arthur M. Cohen, of The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System (2nd ed., 2010).
Dr. James C. Palmer is professor of higher education at Illinois State University, where he teaches courses on the American community college, adult and continuing education, and the history of American higher education. He directs the Grapevine project at Illinois State University (www.grapevine.ilstu.edu), which tracks state tax appropriations for higher education, and is the editor of the Community College Review (http://crw.sagepub.com/). Dr. Palmer holds a B.A. in English and German from Pacific University, as well as an M.L.S. in library science and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Richard L. Wagoner is assistant professor of higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on community college policy and practice, organizational change in higher education, and faculty issues. Dr. Wagoner is co-author of Community College Faculty: At Work in the New Economy (2006), written with John S. Levin and Susan Kater.