Susan Scrivener
Senior Research Associate

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • College completion
  • Community colleges
  • Demographics
  • Readiness

Susan Scrivener, a senior research associate at MDRC, has almost two decades of experience evaluating education and social programs for low-income individuals. She currently focuses primarily on directing projects and conducting implementation research in MDRC’s postsecondary education unit. She is the project manager for a study of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Completion by Design initiative, which aims to help colleges provide a well-structured, well-supported pathway from entry to degree completion. She also serves as MDRC’s implementation research lead in an evaluation of CUNY Start, a program at the City University of New York’s community colleges providing intensive instruction in reading, writing and math for students with significant remediation (developmental) needs. She recently served as the project director for MDRC’s evaluation of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), an uncommonly comprehensive program to help students graduate with associates degrees relatively quickly. Earlier in her tenure at MDRC, Scrivener worked primarily on welfare and employment studies. She received a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota.