Michael Armijo

Area of Study: 
Higher Education
Year of Graduation: 
2014
Research Interests: 
Assessment & evaluation of learning and outcomes in postsecondary education; college access
Advisor: 
Laura Perna
Dissertation Topic: 
Trends in the Student and Institutional Factors Related to Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Michael Armijo is a 4th year doctoral student in the Higher Education division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

His research interests focus on state and federal policy interventions that improve educational outcomes for students.  As an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Michael's training includes impact evaluation, research design, case study methods, and policy analysis.

Currently, he is working on an i3 grant to evaluate the impact and implementation of Reading Recovery using a large-scale randomized control trial and case studies.  He is also part of a research team that is investigating how policies in five states relate to high school and college performance outcomes.  For his dissertation, Michael plans to examine if an articulation agreement between El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso affects transfer student completion.  

Publications: 

Perna, L.W., Finney, J., & Callan, P., with research assistance from Rorison, J., Rodriguez, A., & Armijo, M. (2011, December). A story of decline: Performance and policy in Illinois higher education. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Research on Higher Education. Http://www.gse.upenn.edu/irhe/srp/illinois

Perna, L. W., Finney, J., & Callan, P., with research assistance from Armijo, M., Rodriguez, A., & Rorison, J. (2012, January). State policy leadership vacuum:  Performance and policy in Washington higher education. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Research on Higher Education. Http://www.gse.upenn.edu/irhe/srp/washington

Perna, L.W., Finney, J., & Callan, P., with research assistance from Rorison, J., Armijo, M., & Rodriguez, A. (2012, February). Much accomplished, much at stake: Performance and policy in Maryland higher education. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Research on Higher Education.  Http://www.gse.upenn.edu/irhe/srp/maryland

Richburg-Hayes, L., Armijo, M., Merrill, L. (In Press). Strengthening the Education and Workforce Connection:  What types of research are required to determine how well career pathways programs prepare students for college and careers? In L. Perna (Ed.), Preparing today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs in Metropolitan America. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Press.