“Your analytical insights and bridge-building skills helped forge a network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working collectively to improve education outcomes for California community college students."
Martha J. Kanter
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education, New York University; Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education
"Your strategic vision while you were at the Hewlett Foundation has led to concrete policies and practices that helped the community college system in California make student success a priority. Your ability to highlight our most salient challenges and provide insightful, compelling strategies for change benefit the education community as a whole."
Elnora T. Webb
President, Laney College, Oakland, CA
"Your guidance and good insights have been invaluable. And you made the journey more fun!"
Director of State Policy, Lumina Foundation (former)
"The breadth of your vision and the scale at which you worked, combined with that ego-less quality, was both breathtaking and inspiring."
Dean of Career Education, Cabrillo College
"Just a personal thanks for the terrific job you are doing on this. We all appreciate your knowledge of the field, your great abilities to synthesize, and most importantly, the way you listen to people."
Senior Director, National Public Education Support Fund
"You are one of the few people around the country who has the broad and deep knowledge and context to be able to help on this project."
Former Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
"You were unusually thoughtful about identifying problems and trying to figure out what the real effect of projects and actions might turn out to be. You brought a lot of worthwhile attention to community colleges and our rather neglected student population."
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
"I’m very impressed. You’ve done a terrific job of rendering my argument with subtlety and clarity."
Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
Praise for The Mathematics of Opportunity
"Thank you for the exceptional report"
Mathematics Director, Achieve
“A significant contribution to the literature on math education”
Former Provost, City University of New York
"Bravo for writing such a comprehensive and thought-provoking report on mathematics pathways!”
Supervisor—Secondary Education, UC San Diego
“The most important thing written in our field for a long time. It shows how radically misguided we have been with making math the mechanism for sorting students.”
Senior Research Scholar, Community College Research Center
Praise for Changing Equations
“I am delighted that this report is about to see the light of day. It is a very balanced account of the promise, and emerging evidence, on Pathways alternatives. Thank you for doing this.”
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
“I have to tell you how important and exciting your report is. As always, thorough and well written. But also timely,
balanced, careful and strong all at the same time.”
Former Senior Vice President, Jobs for the Future
"It may be the best brief I've ever read, Pam. You were masterful, really."
Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future
Praise for Where to Begin?
"A superb document that lays out the issues very clearly."
President Emeritus, University of California
“I wish that all writers could capture these kinds of complex issues with such transparency, clarity, and balance!”
Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz
"A significant contribution to moving forward the policy discussion and action agenda around these issues. Nicely done."
CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center,
University of Oregon
Praise for Degrees of Freedom
"An excellent report with broad implications and high priority action needed."
Dean of Precollegiate and Student Success,
“A WOW report. I learned so much from it.”
Educational Leadership Program Director,
San Francisco State University