RUSSELL W. RUMBERGER is Professor of Education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara and former Vice Provost for Education Partnerships, University of California Office of the President. A faculty member at UCSB since 1987, Professor Rumberger has published widely in several areas of education: education and work; the schooling of disadvantaged students, particularly school dropouts and linguistic minority students; school effectiveness; and education policy.
Rumberger has served as a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Increasing High School Students' Engagement and Motivation to Learn (2004), the Committee on the Impact of Mobility and Change on the Lives of Young Children, Schools, and Neighborhoods (2010), and the Committee on Improved Measurement of High School Dropout and Completion Rates (2011). He also served as a panel member for the Institute of Education Sciences' Practice Guide, Dropout Prevention (2008).
As Vice Provost for Education Partnerships, he was responsible for the University's engagement in P-20 education in California, including policies and programs that produce high quality teachers and promote achievement and college access for all students.
He currently directs the California Dropout Research Project, which is producing a series of reports and policy briefs about the dropout problem in California and a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.
Professor Rumberger received his Ph.D. in Education and his M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.