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Jose Santos Faculty Profile

Jose Santos

Associate Professor
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Santos joins the GSEP faculty after having been an assistant professor in the Higher Education & Organizational Change division at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) where he was an affiliated scholar of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), and an affiliated faculty member of the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Santos served as a senior institutional researcher and the founding executive director of the Latina/o Policy Research Initiative (LPRI) in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He also served as an associate of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, a leading state and national policy center.

The driving force behind Dr. Santos work is his belief that federal, state, and institutional policies may not adequately support increased educational and economic outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students (veterans, first-generation, people of color, low-income), but rather, may perpetuate inequitable outcomes leading to further stratification.

Dr. Santos scholarly work has been published in top-tiered education journals and publications such as The New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Educational Policy, The Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Comparative and International Education. His work on college access and affirmative action was filed in the brief of the Law School Admission Council as Amicus Curiae in support of the University of Austin, et. al., in the US Supreme Court case, Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Austin, et. Al.,).

Professor Santos earned his B.A. In Mexican American Studies, M.A. In Educational Psychology: Measurement & Research Methodology at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. In Higher Education Economics and Finance policy: Econometrics and Measurement & Research Methodology from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education.


Education Policy and Law

Proposition 209 and In-state tuition and financial aid for undocumented and non-resident students.

Higher Education

Economics of Education, Higher Education and Public Policy, and Organizational Analysis



  • PhD, Higher Education Economics & Finance Policy Minor: Econometrics and Measurement & Research Methodology, University of Arizona
  • MA, Educational Psychology: Measurement & Research Methodology, University of Arizona
  • BA, Mexican American Studies: Spanish, University of Arizona

Selected Works

  • Santos, J. L. A Watershed Moment for the UC System. The Huffington Post, 2011
  • Santos, J. L. The state university grant program effects on underrepresented students at CSU. In G. Orfield (Ed.), The CSU crisis and California's future (pp.82-104). Los Angeles, CA. Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, 2011
  • Santos, J. L., Cabrera, N., & Fosnacht, K. Is "race-neutral" really race-neutral?: Disparate impact towards underrepresented minorities in post-209 UC system admissions. Journal of Higher Education, 81(6), 675-701., 2010
  • Espinosa, L., & Santos, J. L. The impact of postsecondary privatization: The case of Costa Rica. Research in Comparative and International Education, 3(2), 167-178, 2008
  • Santos, J. L. Resource allocation within public research universities. The Review of Higher Education, 30(2), 125-144, 2007


  • EDLT 735 - Inferential Statistics