ChenYu "April" Chen

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Education:
PhD, Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Iowa State University, 2014
MA, Educational Sociology, Beijing Normal University, 2008
BA, Pedagogy, Beijing Normal University, 2005
Email: yuchen@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-8878
Office: 111N Peabody Hall

 


Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Dr. Yu (April) Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Louisiana State University. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) with a minor in Statistics from Iowa State University in 2014. Prior to working at Louisiana State, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Iowa State University.

Dr. Chen’s research expertise includes community college student success, international students, STEM education, and data driven decision-making. In 2017, she received a research grant awarded by Council for the Study of Community Colleges for studying factors influencing community college transfer students’ salary after they graduated with a bachelor degree. She also received a research grant from National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students for studying international students’ perceptions and experiences with community colleges.  She has published in Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, New Directions of Community Colleges, and Journal of College Student Retention.

Selected Publications

  • Chen, Y., Kemis, M., & DelaMora, A. (2017). Recruiting and retaining women in information technology programs: Practices and challenges in Iowa. New Directions for Community Colleges, Summer 2017, 79-90.
  • Chen, Y. & Starobin, S.S. (2017). Measuring general self-efficacy among community college students: A structural equation modeling approach. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Published on-line 10 Feb 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2017.1281178
  • Chen, Y. (2017). Using structural equation modeling in community college research: Comparing the effects of psychological latent factors between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students. Sage Research Methods Case. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526406736
  • Jorstad, J., Starobin, S., Chen, Y. & Kollasch, A. (2017). STEM aspiration: The influence of social capital and chilly climate of female community college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 41(4-5), 253-266.
  • Kruse, T., Starobin, S.S., Chen, Y., Baul, T., & Laanan, F. (2015). The intersection of social capital and finances on intentions to transfer in STEM filed: A study of community college students in a rural Midwestern state. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(4), 324-343.
  • Myers, B., Starobin, S.S., Chen, Y., Baul, T., & Laanan, F. (2015). A study of the influence of student engagement on community college students’ intention to transfer and STEM aspiration. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(4), 344-354.
  • Staroin, S.S., Chen,Y., Kollasch, A., Baul, T., & Laanan, F. (2014). The effects of a pre-engineering project-based learning curriculum on self-efficacy among community college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(2-3),131-143.

Selected Presentations

  • Chen, Y., Monaghan, B., Schmit, M., Dejear, M., & Upah, S. (2017). Data driven decision-making literacy in community college: The role of leadership competencies. A research paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2017 Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas, 2017.
  • DeJear, M., Chen, Y., Li, R., & Baber, L. (2017). Perceptions of data driven decision-making on student success: A study of culture, collaboration, and advocacy among community college leaders. A research paper presentation at Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) 2017 Annual Conference. Fort Worth, TX, April 7, 2017.
  • Y. & Starobin, S. (2016). Formation of social capital for community college students: A second-order confirmatory factor analysis approach. A research paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 Annual Conference.
  • Y. & Starobin, S. (2016). Self-efficacy and degree aspiration for Hispanic and non-Hispanic community college students. A structural equation model. A roundtable presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., April 8, 2016.
  • Li, R., Hagedorn, L., & Chen, Y. (2016). Shadow Education in China: How does private supplementary tutoring influence students’ National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) Performance? A poster presentation at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2016 Annual Conference. Columbus, Ohio, November 11, 2016.
  • Chen, Y. & Starobin, S. (2015). Measuring self-efficacy among diverse urban community college students: Does nationality matter? A research paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 Annual Conference. Chicago, IL, April 19, 2015.
  • Starobin, S. & Chen, Y. (2015). Beyond the family social capital: Reconsider the social capital measures for community college students. A symposium presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2015 Annual Conference. Denver, CO, November, 5, 2015.

Selected Grants and Funded Projects

  • Funding period: April, 2017 – April, 2018
    • Title of grant: The community college impact on employment outcomes: Do community college transfers experiences a salary penalty in the labor market?
    • Founder: The Council for the Study of Community College (CSCC)
    • Grant amount: $2,000
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding period: February, 2017 – February, 2018
    • Title of grant: International reverse transfer in Iowa: Perspectives from both sides
    • Founder: National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS)
    • Grant amount: $800
    • Role: Principal Investigator