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Nikki Edgecombe

Senior Research Scholar

Community College Research Center

Nikki Edgecombe is a senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and a research professor in the Education Policy and Social Analysis Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. She conducts research on developmental education, English Learners, higher education finance, teaching and learning, faculty development, and workforce development, among other topics. She is the principal investigator for the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) and a co-principal investigator for the Postsecondary Teaching with Technology Collaborative, both of which are research and development centers funded by the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. She oversees CCRC’s research portfolio on developmental education, which, in addition to CAPR, has recently included a mixed-methods study of developmental English reform and English as a Second Language in three states. She also studies and writes about education equity and wrote “Demography as Opportunity,” a chapter in the 2019 edited volume Thirteen Ideas That Are Transforming the Community College World. She holds a PhD and a MSEd in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in urban studies–economics from Columbia University.