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Kathy Reeves Bracco

Kathy Reeves Bracco, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, specializes in higher education issues, with an emphasis on community colleges and career technical education.

Bracco’s work for the Innovation Studies Program at WestEd includes research on efforts to improve student completion, an analysis of college and career readiness in the health sciences in California, and an examination of student experiences with assessment and placement policies in California community colleges.

She has significant experience designing and conducting qualitative research studies.

She has also worked with representatives from California’s three public higher education systems, helping to facilitate collaborative discussions around completion benchmarks and data sharing.

Prior to joining WestEd, Bracco worked for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the California Higher Education Policy Center where she directed a national study on statewide governance structures in higher education.

Bracco has co-authored a number of research studies including One Shot Deal: Students’ Perceptions of Assessment and Placement in California’s Community Colleges and State Structures for the Governance of Higher Education.

Bracco received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.