Biography

Debra Bragg’s research focuses on transition to college by youth and adults, especially student populations that have not attended college historically. She is particularly interested in how underserved youth and adult (minority, low income, first-generation, immigrant students) use the community college to transition to higher education, including how public policies position community colleges as a primary port of entry. The expanding mission of community colleges, including the increasing importance of linkages to high schools, adult education, postsecondary education and the workforce is of particular interest. Her work is affiliated with the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), a research organization that she has directed since coming to Illinois in 1999.

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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 - 2015

Director Office of Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989 - 2015

Associate Professor Department of Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996 - 2003

Associate Professor Department of Human Resource Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996 - 2002

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Education

Ph.D., Comprehensive Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1985

M.S., Home Economics Education, The Ohio State University, 1980

B.S., Home Economics Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Gutgsell Endowed Professorship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 - 2014

Arthur Cohen & Florence Brawer Distinguished Service Award Council for the Study of Community Colleges, 2014 - 2014

Recognition for Outstanding Service Illinois State Board of Education, 2001 - 2001

Academic Leadership Fellow Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 2000 - 2001

Meritorious Service Award American Vocational Education Research Association, 2000 - 2000

Distinguished Scholar College of Education, 1997 - 1997

Distinguished Teaching Career Award Awarded May 2008, College of Education, 2008 - 2008

Senior Scholar Award Awarded April 2008, Council for the Study of Community Colleges, 2007 - 2008

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Publications

Zamani-Gallaher, E., Lester, J., Bragg, D., & Hagedorn, L. (2013) The community college reader Pearson Custom Publishing: Boston

Bragg, D. (2012) Career and technical education. Understanding community colleges Routledge/Taylor Francis: London, England

Bragg, D. (2012) Two-year college mathematics and student progression in STEM programs of study. proceedings for the Realizing the Potential of Community Colleges as Pathways to STEM Education and Careers:  A Summit on December 15, 2011 at the Carnegie Institution for Sciences, Washington DC National Academy of Sciences: Washington DC

Bragg, D., & Durham, B. (2012) Perspectives on access and equity in the era of (community) college completion Community College Review 40 (2), 106-125

Bragg, D., & Ruud, C. (2012) Why applied baccalaureates appeal to working adults: From national results to promising practices New Directions for Community Colleges

Bragg, D., Dresser, L., & Smith, W. (2012) Leveraging workforce development and postsecondary education or low-skilled, low-income workers: Lessons from the Shifting Gears initiative New Directions for Community Colleges

Ruud, C., & Bragg, D. (2012) Applied baccalaureate degrees in the context of baccalaureate education.. Stylus Publishing: Sterling, VA

Bragg, D. (2011) Examining pathways to and through community colleges for youth and adults. Higher education:  Handbook of theory and research Springer: New York, NY

Bragg, D., & Ruud, C. (2011) The adult learner and the applied baccalaureate: Lessons from six states the University of Illinois, Champaign, Office of Community College Research and Leadership website  link >

Bragg, D., Baber, L., & Castro, E. (2011) Illinois' College and Career Readiness Pilot Initiative.  The Illinois Report 2011.. Institute for Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois: Champaign, IL

Bragg, D., Smith, W., & Dresser, L. (2011) Leveraging workforce development and postsecondary education or low-skilled, low-income workers:  Lessons from the Shifting Gears initiative.. New Directions for Community Colleges, No

Ruud, C., & Bragg, D. (2011) The applied baccalaureate: What we know, what we learned, and what we need to know University of Illinois, Office of Community College Research and Leadership website  link >

Ruud, C., Bragg, D., & Townsend, B. (2010) The applied baccalaureate degree: The right time and place. Community College Journal of Research and Practice 34 (1&2), 136-152

Bragg, D., Harmon, T., Kirby, C., & Kim, S. (2009) Initial results of Illinois’ Shifting Gears pilot demonstration evaluation.. Office of Community College Research and Leadership: Champaign, IL

Marszalek, J., & Bragg, D. (2009) Globalization-blessing and bane in empirical evaluation: Lessons in three acts. Evaluation Handbook Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA

Townsend, B., Bragg, D., & Ruud, C. (2009) Development of the applied baccalaureate Community College Journal of Research and Practice 33 (9), 686-705

Mitkos, Y., & Bragg, D. (2008) Perceptions of the community college of high school counselors and advisors. Community College Journal of Resaerch and Practice 32 (4-6), 375-390

Bragg, D., & Marvel, M. (2008) The awareness, use and perceived impact of skill standards by three stakeholder groups in Illinois Journal of Career and Technical Education Research 33 (2), 93-116

Kim, J., & Bragg, D. (2008) The Impact of Dual and Articulated Credit on College Readiness and Retention in Four Community Colleges Career and Technical Education Research 33 (2)

Bragg, D. (2007) Legislative playing field: How public policy encourages and reinforces partnerships. Collaboration across educational borders, new directions for community colleges Jossey-Bass: San Francisco

Barnett, E., & Bragg, D. (2006) Academic pathways and increased opportunities for underserved students: Crosscutting themes and lessons learned. New Directions for Community Colleges Jossey-Bass: San Francisco

Bragg, D., & Barnett, E. (2006) Academic pathways to and from the community college. New directions for community colleges: Vol. 2006.. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco

Townsend, B., & Bragg, D. (2006) The ASHE reader on community colleges in the 21st century.. Pearson Custom Publishing: Boston

Bragg, D. (2002) Contemporary vocational models and programs: What the research tells us. In T. Bers & H. Calhoun (Eds.), Next steps for the community college: Consensus and contradictions in literature and practice.. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco

Bragg, D. (2002) Doing their best: Exemplary graduate leadership programs Community College Journal 73 (1), 49-53

Bragg, D. (2002) The past, present and future role of federal vocational legislation in the United States Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges 9 (1), 57-67

Bragg, D. (2002) Transition to college. Higher education in the United States: An encyclopedia ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA

Bragg, D. (2001) The new vocationalism in American community colleges New Directions for Community Colleges: San Francisco

Bragg, D., & Laanan, F. (2001) Clark Kerr: A biographical profile. In J. Palmer, Fifty key contemporary thinkers on education (pp. 79-85).. Routledge: London

Orr, T., & Bragg, D. (2001) Policy directions for K-14 education: Looking to the future. Educational policy in the 21st century Ablex: Westport, CT

Bragg, D. (2000) Maximizing the benefits of tech prep initiatives for high schools New Directions for Community Colleges 111, 23-30

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Grants

Former PI Perkins IV Planning, Consultation and Technical Assistance Initiative, Illinois Community College Board, 2007 - 2017

Principal Investigator Perkins IV Consultation and Technical Assistance, Illinois State Board of Education, 2007 - 2013

Principal Investigator College and Career Readiness (CCR) Evaluation, Illinois Community College Board, 2008 - 2012

Principal Investigator The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate, Lumina Foundation for Education, 2009 - 2011

Advisor Transfer Experience and Advising Mentors (TEAM), Lumina Foundation for Education, 2007 - 2011

Principal Investigator Proposal for Evaluation of Illinois' Adult Education Bridge Grants, Illinois Community College Board, 2009 - 2010

Principal Investigator Shifting Gears Evaluation, Illinois Community College Board, 2007 - 2010

Principal Investigator Shifting Gears Bridge Status Study, Illinois Community College Board, 2009 - 2009

Principal Investigator Moving Beyond the GED: A Transition Pathway for Success at Community Colleges, U.S. Department of Education (University of Minnesota), 2006 - 2007

Principal Investigator Initiatives to Enhance Tech Prep and High School-to-Community College Articulation in Illinois, Illinois Community College Board, 2003 - 2006

Principal Investigator National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education: Virtual Toolkit for CTE Leaders of High School Reform, U.S. Department of Education (Ohio State University), 1999 - 2006

Principal Investigator CTE Transition Program Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education (Ohio State University), 1999 - 2005

Principal Investigator Effective Programs in Career and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education (Ohio State University), 2003 - 2003

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Service

Consultant Evaluator for Oregon Community College System and Portland Community College (Lead instit Community Based Job Training grant, US Department of Labor, Portland Community College, 2010 - 2013

Consultant - STEM Transfer Association for American Colleges and Universities, 2011 - 2012

Technical Work Group (TWG) member Technical Work group on Career Pathways, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, USDE, 2011 - 2012

Editorial Board Member Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 2002 - 2008

Co-Chair Awards Committee American Educational Research Association - Division J: Higher Education, 2004 - 2007

Director, National Office National Council on Student Development, 2003 - 2007

Board member National Science Foundation, 2002 - 2005

President Council for the Study of Community Colleges, 2001 - 2002

Debra Bragg

Gutgsell Professor Emerita, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Contact

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371 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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