Peter Riley Bahr
In his research, Peter Bahr seeks to deconstruct students' pathways into, through, and out of community colleges and into the workforce or on to four-year postsecondary institutions. His latest work is focused particularly on students' course-taking and enrollment patterns in the community college and their subsequent labor market outcomes, such as employment and earnings, as well as the impact of students' varied patterns of course-taking and enrollment on the assessment of community college performance. He also recently was awarded a research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to study older learners in Ohio’s community colleges with colleagues at the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. In a separate line of inquiry, he is investigating students' navigation of the STEM transfer curriculum in community colleges, with the objective of strengthening the pipeline of students into STEM baccalaureate programs. Bahr joined the faculty of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan in 2009. He previously held a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University (2004-2009), a research appointment in the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges (2001-2003), and a research appointment in the California Department of Education (2000-2001). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California-Davis.
Bahr teaches courses in the following program(s):
Academic Affairs and Student Development
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Higher Education and MBA (Dual Degree)
Individually Designed Concentration
Higher Education Institutional Research
Bahr, P. R. (2016). Replacing placement tests in Michigan's community colleges. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan.
Bahr, P. R., McNaughtan, J., Jackson, G., Oster, M., & Gross, J. (2015). Unrealized potential: Community college pathways to STEM baccalaureate degrees. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan.
Bahr, P. R., Dynarski, S., Jacob, B., Kreisman, D., Sosa, A., & Wiederspan, M. (2015). Labor market returns to community college awards: Evidence from Michigan. New York, New York: Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Bahr, P. R., Gross, J. L., Slay, K. E., & Christensen, R. D. (2015). First in line: Student registration priority in community colleges. Educational Policy, 29, 342-374.
Bahr, P. R. (2014). The labor market return in earnings to community college credits and credentials in California. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan.
Bahr, P. R. (2013). Classifying community colleges based on students’ patterns of use. Research in Higher Education, 54, 433-460.
Bahr, P. R. (2013). The deconstructive approach to understanding community college students’ pathways and outcomes. Community College Review, 41, 137-153.
Bahr, P. R. (2013). The aftermath of remedial math: Investigating the low rate of certificate completion among remedial math students. Research in Higher Education, 54, 171-200.
Bahr, P. R., Toth, C., Thirolf, K., & Massé, J. C. (2013). A review and critique of the literature on community college students’ transition processes and outcomes in four-year institutions. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 28, 459-511.
Booth, K., & Bahr, P. R. (2013). The missing piece: Quantifying non-completion pathways to success. Oakland, California: LearningWorks.
Bahr, P. R. (2013). What we don’t know about community college students: The case for a better understanding of student pathways. Stanford, California: Center for Education Policy Analysis, Stanford University.
Bahr, P. R. (2012). Deconstructing remediation in the community college: Exploring associations between course-taking patterns, course outcomes, and attrition from the remedial math and remedial writing sequences. Research in Higher Education, 53, 661-693.
Bahr, P. R. (2012). Student flow between community colleges: Investigating lateral transfer. Research in Higher Education, 53, 94-121.
Bahr, P. R., & Booth, K. (2012). What’s completion got to do with it?: Using course-taking behavior to understand community college success. Berkeley, California: Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges.
Bahr, P. R., Booth, K., & Willett, T. (2012). Segmentation model for assessing course-taking patterns: Research methodology and discussion guide. Berkeley, California: Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges.
Bahr, P. R., Massé, J. C., Christensen, R., Griffiths, B., Toth, C., Thirolf, K., Nellum, C. J., Bergom, I., & Lee, M. (2012). Transition processes of transfer students in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan.
Bahr, P. R. (2011). A typology of students’ use of the community college. New Directions for Institutional Research, S1, 33-48.
Bahr, P. R., Bielby, R., & House, E. (2011). The use of cluster analysis in typological research on community college students. New Directions for Institutional Research, S1, 67-81.
Bahr, P. R. (2010). The bird’s eye view of community colleges: A behavioral typology of first-time students based on cluster analytic classification. Research in Higher Education, 51, 724-749.
Bahr, P. R. (2010). Making sense of disparities in mathematics remediation: What is the role of student retention? Journal of College Student Retention, 12, 25-49.
Bahr, P. R. (2010). Preparing the underprepared: An analysis of racial disparities in postsecondary mathematics remediation. Journal of Higher Education, 81, 209-237.
Bahr, P. R. (2010). Revisiting the efficacy of postsecondary remediation: The moderating effects of depth/breadth of deficiency. Review of Higher Education, 33, 177-205.
Perry, M., Bahr, P. R., Rosin, M., & Woodward, K. M. (2010). Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California community colleges. Mountain View, California: EdSource.
Bahr, P. R. (2009). Educational attainment as process: Using hierarchical discrete-time event history analysis to model rate of progress. Research in Higher Education, 50, 691-714.
Bahr, P. R. (2009). College hopping: Exploring the occurrence, frequency, and consequences of lateral transfer. Community College Review, 36, 271-298.
Felmlee, D. H., Flynn, H. K., & Bahr, P. R. (2008). Too much of a good thing: Fatal attraction in intimate relationships. Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 36, 3-14.
Bahr, P. R. (2008). Cooling out in the community college: What is the effect of academic advising on students’ chances of success? Research in Higher Education, 49, 704-732.
Bahr, P. R. (2008). Does mathematics remediation work?: A comparative analysis of academic attainment among community college students. Research in Higher Education, 49, 420-450. [Reprinted in E. M. Zamani-Gallaher, J. Lester, D. D. Bragg, & L. S. Hagedorn (Eds.). ASHE reader on community colleges, 4th edition. (2014; pp. 625-652). Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Publications.]
Bahr, P. R. (2007). Race and nutrition: An investigation of black-white differences in health-related nutritional behaviors. Sociology of Health & Illness, 29, 831-856. [Reprinted in W. Ahmad & H. Bradby (Eds.). Ethnicity, health and health care: Understanding diversity, tackling disadvantage (2008, pp. 35-59). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing.]
Bahr, P. R. (2007). Double jeopardy: Testing the effects of multiple basic skill deficiencies on successful remediation. Research in Higher Education, 48, 695-725.
Bahr, P. R., Hom, W., & Perry, P. (2005). College transfer performance: A methodology for equitable measurement and comparison. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 13, 73-87.
Bahr, P. R., Hom, W., & Perry, P. (2004). Student readiness for postsecondary coursework: Developing a college-level measure of student average academic preparation. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 12, 7-16.
Courses & Syllabi
|Term||Catalogue Course Description||Syllabus|
|Fall 2014||EDUC 793. Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research||EDUC 793. Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Education
|Winter 2014||EDUC 563. The Community College||EDUC 563. The Community College
|Winter 2016||EDUC 795. Quantitative Methods for Non-Experimental Research||EDUC 795. Quantitative Methods for Non-Experimental Research