• Jonathan Turk

    Director, Research

    Jonathan M. Turk is the director of research at the American Council on Education (ACE). In this role, he is a primary contributor to and manager of ACE’s research portfolio and team within the Learning and Engagement Division. He conducts original research on a number of topics, including student success and completion, organizational change, and higher education policy. Much of his work is focused on the unique contexts and contributions of our nation’s community colleges.

    During his time at ACE, Turk has authored or co-authored multiple research papers examining credential completion, transfer, and early labor market outcomes for community college students, enrollment and completion trends at minority serving institutions, data-informed leadership within higher education, and the 2017 edition of ACE’s American College President Study. He also serves as the co-principal investigator and methodologist for a three-year research project examining race and ethnicity in higher education funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Turk also oversees ACE’s Pulse Point surveys, which gather important insights from college and university presidents across the country.

    Turk regularly contributes scholarly works to higher education’s top academic journals. His most recent publications have been featured in The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and New Directions for Institutional Research. He is an active member of many professional associations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for Institutional Research, and regularly presents research and scholarly papers at their annual conferences. Turk also holds an adjunct faculty appointment within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University and a courtesy faculty appointment within the College of Education at Oregon State University.

    Turk earned a PhD in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, as well as an MS in educational research and a BA in political science and sociology, both from Iowa State University.