Jose Luis Santos
Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice

Higher Ed

  • Finance and funding
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • State policy

As vice president of higher education policy and practice, José Luis Santos oversees all aspects of The Education Trust’s higher education work. Previously, Santos was an associate professor of higher education economics and finance policy at Pepperdine University. Before that, he was an assistant professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, where he was affiliated with the Higher Education Research Institute and the Chicano Studies Research Center. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Santos served as the assistant director of the Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Office, senior institutional researcher, and the founding executive director of the Latina/o Policy Research Initiative in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. The driving force behind Santos’ work is his belief that federal, state and institutional policies may not adequately support increased educational and economic outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students (low-income, people of color, first-generation, and veterans) but rather perpetuate inequitable outcomes leading to further stratification.