Maria Claudia Soler

Senior Analyst, Research

Maria Claudia Soler is a senior research analyst at ACE. Her experience centers on domestic and international policies and programs around access and success in higher education. Her current portfolio includes projects on student success, internationalization on U.S. campuses, organizational change, and survey design.

Before joining ACE, Soler worked in the Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington and at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she authored and co-authored data notes, policy reports, book chapters, and research papers on community college bachelor’s degree policies and programs, transfer policies, multi-institutional attendance patterns, and career and technical education. She also conducted policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and worked as a consultant for Development Services Group examining the effects of college aid programs. Prior to that, Soler spent almost four years working in Latin America developing the admission and development programs at Lumni, a company that provides financial aid to students through income share agreements in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile.

Soler holds a PhD in education policy, organization, and leadership focused in higher education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an MA in international education policy analysis from Stanford University, and an MA in clinical psychology and a BA in psychology, both from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.