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Toby Park

Toby Park is an Assistant Professor of Economics of Education and Education Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University. Dr. Park’s primary research utilizes quasi-experimental methods and large statewide datasets to investigate student outcomes in postsecondary education and explore potential policy initiatives that could improve student success, with a particular focus on non-traditional students. He explores the non-traditional student defined by individual characteristics (race, economic disadvantage, and academic preparation) as well as by the higher education context in which they enroll (community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions). Park has utilized the state database in Texas to examine the impact of beginning at a community college on baccalaureate degree attainment. In addition, he has collaborated on projects examining postsecondary enrollment and completion patterns for minority students within the Texas higher education context. In his ongoing research, Dr. Park is involved in collaborate work examining student success within the context of the higher education landscape of Florida and currently serves as a Co-PI on a multi-year grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at investigating developmental education. Dr. Park received his PhD from Vanderbilt University.