Judith Scott-Clayton
Senior Research Scholar

Higher Ed

  • Costs
  • Financial aid
  • Value of college
  • College graduation rates
  • Career and technical education
  • Community colleges
  • Developmental education
  • Remediation
  • Race and diversity

Judith Scott-Clayton is associate professor of economics and education in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (Economics and Education program) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches courses in labor economics and quantitative methods. She is also a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Scott-Clayton has led projects relating to the accuracy of remedial placement exams and the use of high school achievement data to improve the placement process; the impacts of assignment to remediation on subsequent coursetaking, grades, and degree completion; the cost of running a placement exam system; and the importance of structured pathways for community college student success. For the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, Scott-Clayton led projects examining the impact of financial aid for community college students, the national impact of the Federal Work-Study program, and the labor market returns to postsecondary education.