Kenneth P. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Director, Joint Doctoral Program, California State University San Marcos/University of San Diego 

As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, Kenneth Gonzalez guides colleges in institution‐wide, student success initiatives.

Dr. Gonzalez has conducted and still conducts research that examines the experiences of underrepresented and low-income students in higher education and appears in the Journal of College Student Development, the International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education, the Journal of College Student Retention, Urban Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. He serves on editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and the Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Dr. Gonzalez is the author (with Raymond V. Padilla) of “Doing the Public Good: Latina/o Faculty and Civic Engagement.”  Dr. Gonzalez also wrote “Using Data to Increase Student Success: A Focus on Diagnosis,” which was published by the Lumina Foundation for Education. 

Dr. Gonzalez is a national expert on institutional effectiveness in higher education.  He conducts training on collecting and using focus group data to design effective student success interventions, as well as learning outcome assessment.  Dr. Gonzalez served as a dean of student services at two community colleges: Riverside Community College and Cuyamaca College.

Educational Background: Gonzalez earned a B.S. in psychology and masters of social work at Brigham Young University, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University. 

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