Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, International Programs, Student Services, Diversity and Equity, and Community Program at Iowa State University and a data coach for Achieving the Dream.  As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, Linda has been consulting with community colleges since the initiative’s inception and is currently working with six community colleges. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to underrepresented student groups, and equity.  Her research specialty is transcript analysis.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University and her role with Achieving the Dream, Linda directed the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.  She was also the Director of the Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students Project (TRUCCS); a longitudinal study of over 5,000 students enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District. 

Linda has been the recipient of several awards including the Senior Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and the Career Achievement in Research Award from Iowa State University.  She has served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and vice-president of Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  She is currently president-elect of the Iowa Academy of Education.  Her other academic interest is international students. Linda has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Vietnam and has worked with the U.S. Department of State in Indonesia on the topic of career and technical colleges. Her published works include; Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Factors Affecting Transfer for Urban Community College Students; An investigation of critical mass:  The role of Latino representation in the success of urban community college students and Serving Latinos: The history and growth of Hispanic-serving institutions.

Educational Background: Linda earned her M.Ed. from National-Louis University and her Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in higher education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She also holds an honorary associate degree from Los Angeles Trade Tech. 


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