Clifford Adelman
Senior Associate

P-12, Higher Ed

  • College access and admission
  • College and career readiness
  • College completion
  • Community colleges
  • International comparisons

Clifford Adelman taught at Roosevelt University, the CCNY and Yale and served five years as an associate dean at the William Paterson University of New Jersey before joining the U.S. Department of Education in 1979. He managed higher education issues for the commission that wrote “A Nation at Risk” (1983) and conducted the research on which its high school curriculum recommendations were based.  Adelman also designed, managed and served as amanuensis for its higher education follow-up, the” Involvement in Learning” report (1984), which has been cited as responsible for kickstarting the assessment movement in higher education. Adelman left the Department in 2006 for the Institute for Higher Education Policy to produce three major studies of Europe’s Bologna Process and “The Spaces Between Numbers,” a study of international higher education data. He is one of four authors of the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile (2011 and 2014). His first novel, “The Russian Embassy Party,” was published in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s and doctorate in history of culture from the University of Chicago.