Dr. Julie A. Edmunds - Program Director
Dr. Nina Arshavsky - Senior Research Specialist
Nina has been part of the ECHS study team for over 10 years. She has conducted extensive research on the implementation of the model, with a particular focus on understanding college readiness. Dr. Arshavsky has strong expertise in STEM topics and led the implementation study of an effort to create STEM Early College High Schools in Michigan and Connecticut.
Dr. Karla C. Lewis - Project Director & Senior Research Specialist
Karla has been part of a team studying three different efforts to implement early college strategies in comprehensive high schools, leading the implementation study of work being done in Texas and Colorado. Dr. Lewis has developed extensive skills in monitoring fidelity of implementation. She is also interested in how organizations, districts, and schools monitor and document the implementation phase of ECHS initiatives.
Dr. Eric Grebing - Project Director
Eric has over 10 years of experience with the ECHS model from several different perspectives. He taught math and science at an ECHS in North Carolina; he led research and development work at an organization supporting a multi-state network of ECHS; and he was project director for a study evaluating the impact of an effort to implement early college strategies in comprehensive high schools. He is currently principal investigator of a newly funded project that is evaluating the implementation and impact of a network of early college programs within rural comprehensive high schools.
Dr. Bryan Hutchins - Senior Research Specialist
Bryan has been part of the evaluation team examining the impacts of efforts to implement early college strategies in comprehensive high schools. He has a strong interest in non-college-bound youth and is particularly interested in early college settings where students earn technical credentials. He recently published an article on why ECHS graduates might not continue on to further education.
Dr. Fatih Unlu
Fatih has been part of the 17-year early college experimental study since its inception, serving as lead analyst. He has designed and conducted impact analyses for the ECHS study, in addition to mediation and cost analyses. He was also co-Principal Investigator of the Evaluation of Career and College Promise, a five-year study of the implementation and impact of North Carolina’s dual enrollment pathways.
Dr. Beth Glennie - Senior Research Education Analyst, RTI International
Beth has been part of the early college experimental study since the beginning. She has a deep understanding of the data involved in the ECHS study, including its strengths and limitations. Dr. Glennie has authored several articles about various aspects of the ECHS model.