Thomas Bailey

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Business of education
  • College completion
  • Community colleges
  • For-profit higher education
  • Readiness

Thomas Bailey is director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to CCRC, he also serves as director of the national Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) and of the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, both funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. From 2006 to 2012, Bailey directed the National Center for Postsecondary Research, also funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. In 2010, Bailey was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to chair the Committee on Measures of Student Success, which developed recommendations for community colleges to comply with completion rate disclosure requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Bailey received the AERA Division J Exemplary Research Award in 2012 and in the same year was elected as a member of the National Academy of Education. Bailey holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with specialties in education, labor economics and econometrics.