Faculty and Researchers

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  • Gershenfeld, Susan, Ward Hood, Denice, & Zhan, Min. "The Role of First-Semester GPA in Predicting Graduation Rates of Underrepresented Students." Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice 17. 4 (2016): 469-488.
  • Gershenfeld, Susan. "A Review of Undergraduate Mentoring Programs." Review of Educational Research 84. 3 (2014): 365-391.
  • Stone, Melissa M. & Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Susan. "Challenges of Measuring Performance in Nonprofit Organizations." Measuring the Impact of the Nonproft Sector. Ed. Patricia Flynn & Virginia A. Hodgkinson. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001. 33-57.
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Susan Gershenfeld has extensive policy, program, and research experience in higher education, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Most recently, she directed the Illinois Promise, which provided full scholarship and support to over 2,000 eligible low-income students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on predictors of success (both in college and post-college) for underrepresented students.



University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Boston University

Wayne State University

Oakland University

Awards and Honors

  • Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award (2013)

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