Manuel S. González Canché

Senior Research Associate

Manuel S. González Canché is Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2016-2017 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/Early Career Award. His research follows two different, yet interconnected paths. The first can be broadly classified into issues of access, persistence, and success, with emphasis on institutional sector effects on student’s outcomes. The second focuses on higher education finance, with emphasis on spatial modeling and student college choice and migration.

Manuel’s research employs quasi-experimental, spatial econometric, and data-visualization methods, including geographical information systems, representation of real-world networks using big and geocoded data, and text mining techniques. As a first-generation college student and graduate himself, Manuel has a special research interest in factors and policies enhancing underrepresented students’ opportunities for educational success. He has secured funding for research from the Spencer Foundation, the American Education Research Association/National Science Foundation, the Association for Institutional Research, and the Institute of Education Sciences.