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Michelle R. Weise, PhD Biography

Higher Education Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute
Con to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“Community college is great if it helps you get a bachelor’s degree, but only one in five students attending these institutions goes on to earn the degree within six years according to federal data. In addition, only 21% of first-time, full-time students earn an associate’s degree within three years, and tuition is not the main obstacle to the completion of a degree for low-income students.

Census Bureau data reveal that for most students with some college and no degree, it actually pays—in pure earnings premiums—to pursue a professional certification or educational certificate instead of a stand-alone associate’s degree…

Today, many employers demand more and higher academic credentials because of their dissatisfaction with the quality of degree-holders…

Continued focus on a college degree loses sight of the needs of most first-generation, low-income and minority students…

College is not the only path into the middle class.”

Michelle R. Weise, “Obama’s Dead-End Community College Plan,”, Jan. 12, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Team Member, Change and Innovation Lab (CIL), Apr. 2014-present
  • Higher Education Senior Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Jan. 2013-present
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs, Fidelis Inc, Mar. 2012-Nov. 2012
  • Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, Sep. 2008-Mar. 2012
  • Curator, Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum, May 2010-Jan. 2011
  • Editor, ICG Advisors, 2011
  • Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Korea, 2005-2006
  • Volunteer, Health Volunteers Overseas, Aug. 2005-Sep. 2005
  • Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Sep. 2002-June 2004
  • Second Grade Teacher, John A. Reisenbach Charter School, Aug. 2001-Dec. 2001
  • Volunteer, Peace Corps and DED, Feb. 2001-June 2001
  • Volunteer, Willing Workers on Organic Farms, Dec. 2000-Jan. 2001
  • Volunteer, Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Aug. 200-Nov. 2000
  • Office Manager, Net Effect Technologies and Fishman Family Foundation, 1998
  • Intern, Bear Stearns, 1997-1998
  • PhD, English, Stanford University, 2008
  • MA, English, Stanford University, 2004
  • AB, Literature, Harvard University, 2000
  • Speaks French, Spanish, and Korean.
  • Twitter handle: @rwmichelle
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