PhD student Jacob Kepins is one of ten outstanding students on the UCI campus to be awarded a research grant from the UCI Center for Organizational Research. Jacob's grant project is titled "State College Admission Guarantees: A Study of the Organizational Field of Secondary and Post-Secondary Educational Organizations."
Jacob is a fourth year PhD in Education student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). His research interests include educational organizations, social stratification, school poverty, educational inequality, dropouts, college access, and school-to-work transition. He is advised by Distinguished Professor George Farkas.
It is recognized, theoretically, that secondary and post-secondary educational organizations are linked within the field of college access as students from the former are sorted and selected into the latter. Educational researchers, however, spend little time examining the variation of this organizational field. I use a nationally representative sample of U.S. high schools to examine the boundaries of and isomorphism within the college access field by observing how the ecological (poverty) and policy (public college admission guarantee) environments of secondary schools is associated with the structure and climate of secondary schools and the flow of student resources from secondary to post-secondary educational organizations.