College access and affordability; pathways for underrepresented
minorities; community colleges.
Manuel González Canché brings an innovative set of tools — including econometric,
geospatial, and network analysis methods — to study the structural factors that
influence minority and at-risk students' likelihood of success, including less access
to financial, academic, and social resources. He aims to identify plans of action
capable of closing these social and economic gaps. His work has already challenged
traditional ideas about access, persistence, and success in higher education, and has
led to a better understanding of the effect of location, influence, and competition.