Stephen L. DesJardins

Professor, School of Education; Professor, Ford School of Public Policy

Stephen L. DesJardins, School of Education

Stephen L. DesJardins teaches courses related to public policy in higher education, economics and finances in postsecondary education, statistical methods, and institutional research and policy analysis. His research interests include student transitions from high school to college,what happens to students once they enroll in college, the economics of postsecondary education, and applying new statistical techniques to the study of these issues. Current projects are: examining what factors are related to student loan default; how the courses students take in high school affect subsequent educational outcomes; and a number of evaluations of the effects of state policies on higher education outcomes. His research has been published widely in education and economics journals. He is also on the editorial board of Economics of Education Review, is a contributing editor to Research in Higher Education, and is the methodology section editor for Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

DesJardins received a BS in economics from Northern Michigan University, an MA in policy analysis and labor economics from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in higher education with a concentration in research and evaluation methods, also from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining academia, he worked in market research in the private sector and was a policy analyst and institutional researcher for 13 years at the University of Minnesota.

DesJardins teaches courses in the following program(s):
Public Policy in Postsecondary Education
Research, Evaluation, and Assessment
Education and Statistics (Dual Degree)
Higher Education Institutional Research
Higher Education Public Policy

 

Selected Publications

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall. (In Press). "The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program on College and Post-College Related Choices of High Ability, Low-Income Minority Students."  Economics of Education Review.

Jeongeun Kim, Jiyun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Brian P. McCall (In Press). "Taking Algebra II in High School: Does it Increase College Access and Success?" Journal of Higher Education.

Matt Gaertner, Jeongeun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Katherine McClarty. (In Press). "Preparing Students for College and Careers: The Causal Role of Algebra II." Research in Higher Education.

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2010). "Investigating the Impact of Financial Aid on Student Dropout Risks: Racial and Ethnic Differences." Journal of Higher Education, 81(2): 179-208.

Stephen L. DesJardins, Brian P. McCall, Molly Ott, and Jiyun Kim (2010). "A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of How the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is Related to College Students’ Time Use and Activities." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32(4): 456-475.

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall (2010). "Simulating the Effects of Financial Aid Packages on College Student Stopout and Reenrollment Spells and Graduation Chances."  Review of Higher Education, 33(4): 513-541. 

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2010) "Investigating the Impact of Financial Aid on Student Dropout Risks: Racial and Ethnic Differences." Journal of Higher Education, 81(2): 179-208.

Stephen L. DesJardins, Brian P. McCall, Molly Ott, and Jiyun Kim (2010). "A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of How the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is Related to College Students’ Time Use and Activities." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32(4): 456-475.

Stephen L. DesJardins and Brian P. McCall (2010). "Simulating the Effects of Financial Aid Packages on College Student Stopout and Reenrollment Spells and Graduation Chances."  Review of Higher Education, 33(4): 513-541.

Rodney Andrews, Stephen L. DesJardins, and Vimal Ranchhod (2010). "Estimating the Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on Student College Choice." Economics of Education Review, 29(5): 722-737.

Jiyun Kim, Stephen L. DesJardins, and McCall, Brian P. (2009). "Exploring the Effects of Student Expectations about Financial Aid on Postsecondary Choice: A Focus on Income and Racial/Ethnic Differences." Research in Higher Education, 50: 741-774.

Rong Chen and Stephen L. DesJardins (2008). "Exploring the Effects of Financial Aid on the Gap in Student Dropout Risks by Income Level." Research in Higher Education, 49(1): 1-18.

Stephen L. DesJardins and Nathan Lindsay (2008). "Adding a Statistical Wrench to the Toolbox." Research in Higher Education, 49(2): 172-179.

Stephen L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall (2006). "The Effects of Interrupted Enrollment on Graduation from College: Racial, Income, and Ability Differences." Economics of Education Review, 25(6): 575-590.

Stephen L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall (2006). "An Integrated Model of Application, Admission, Enrollment, and Financial Aid." Journal of Higher Education 77(3): 381-429. 

Affiliations

Committees

Grants


7/2/2015 - ongoing Training Program in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research at the University of Michigan
Granting Agency: IES

3/1/2016 - ongoing Predicting Law School Applications and Enrollment
Granting Agency: Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

10/10/2014 - 11/1/2016 Explaining the Occurrence & Timing of Student Loan Default /Evaluation of the MN SELF Loan Program
Granting Agency: Gates, Bill and Melinda, Foundation

10/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 The prevalence and effect of hazardous mental health symptoms and substance abuse on Veteran students’ academic performance in postsecondary education
Granting Agency: VA Center for Clinical Management Research / National Institutes of Health

9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 Pearson Program Evaluation Project
Granting Agency: Pearson Foundation

4/1/2012 - 4/1/2013 Center for Student Success
Granting Agency: Kresge Foundation

3/1/2012 - 3/1/2013 LEAD Scholars Program—Assessment and Outreach Experimentation and Analysis
Granting Agency: Kresge Foundation

6/1/2010 - 5/31/2011 The Effect of High School Curriculum on College Completion
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

6/1/2007 - 12/31/2007 Are There Answers in "The Toolbox (Revisited)"?
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

12/1/2004 - 11/1/2007 Studying Student Transitions to College
Granting Agency: Lumina Foundation for Education

5/1/2007 - 8/31/2007 An Evaluation of the Kalamazoo Promise
Granting Agency: U-M Center for Local, State, and Urban Planning

2/1/2000 - 1/1/2005 Higher Education Partnership Between the University of Minnesota and Azerbaijan International University
Granting Agency: U.S. State Department

2/7/2000 - 1/7/2002 Transforming General Chemistry Education at the University of Iowa
Granting Agency: Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign


Courses & Syllabi


Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2014 EDUC 863. Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research EDUC 863. Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research

Winter 2016 EDUC 863. Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research EDUC 863. Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research

Fall 2015 EDUC 799. Categorical and Limited Dependent Variable Modeling EDUC 799. Categorical and Limited Dependent Variable Modeling

Fall 2016 EDUC 799. Categorical and Limited Dependent Variable Modeling EDUC 799. Categorical and LImited Dependent Variable Modeling

Contact

Mailbox 2108/2117
734.647.1984 sdesj@umich.edu

Curriculum Vitae