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Engberg, Mark E.

Title/s: Associate Professor;
Program Chair

Specialty Area: Access and Opportunity in Higher Education; Educational Benefits of Diversity; Global Learning and College Preparation

Office #: Lewis Towers 1116, WTC

Phone: 312.915.7401

E-mail: mengber@luc.edu

CV Link: Engberg-CV


My research agenda is rooted in my ongoing desire to improve educational opportunity for underserved students. Each year tens of thousands of students find themselves lost in an educational system in which they have limited access to economic, human, social, and cultural resources and inadequate guidance in navigating an increasingly complex system of postsecondary admissions and finance. As a researcher, educator, activist, and citizen, I am deeply troubled, and at times quite overwhelmed, by the enormity of lost talent in American society, and as such, I have made this the cornerstone of my research and scholarly agenda.

In examining the importance of access and opportunity across the secondary-postsecondary nexus, my research agenda focuses on two-interrelated threads: The first thread investigates how individual- and institutional-level factors influence students’ pathways to postsecondary education, with a particular focus on racial/ethnic minorities and low-income students. The second thread focuses on understanding the educational benefits of diversity and how different curricular and co-curricular interventions influence a range of skills and dispositions necessary in today’s increasingly diverse and global society. Thus, I approach the issue of access by examining the resources and structures necessary to promote college opportunity at the secondary level as well as how increased access contributes to student learning and development at the postsecondary level.


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School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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