Assistant Professor, School of Education
Office: 111Q Peabody Hall
Ph.D., Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Higher Education), North Carolina State University, 2016
M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida International University, 2009
B.S., Interior Design, Virginia Tech, 2005
Ashley Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Louisiana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Higher Education) at North Carolina State University and completed her postdoctoral appointment at the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education. She was the recipient of an Association for Institutional Research (AIR) grant for her dissertation “Assisting Students in the College Choice Process: Three Essays on the Role and Effectiveness of College Advising Professionals in Public High Schools.” Additionally, she served as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Higher Education for the past two years. She previously has worked in the college access field, including Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech and TRIO Upward Bound at Roanoke College.
Dr. Clayton’s research agenda broadly focuses on postsecondary outcomes for underrepresented student populations. Specifically, her research examines the barriers, systems, and policies that aid or inhibit postsecondary access and success for underrepresented student populations. Several of her research projects examine college access interventions, pre-college advising, community college pathways, remedial education, and the postsecondary experiences of students of color.
Clayton, A. B. & Means, D. R. (in press). Access granted? Challenges, controversies, and opportunities around college access in American higher education. In J. L. Blanchard (Ed.), Controversies on Campus: Debating the Issues Confronting American Universities in the 21st Century. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Clayton, A. B., Medina, M. C., & Wiseman, A. M. (in press). Culture and community: Perspectives from first-year first-generation in college Latino students. Journal of Latinos and Education.
Means, D. R., Clayton, A. B., Conzelmann, J. G., Baynes, P., & Umbach, P. D. (2016). Bounded aspirations: Rural, African American high school students and college Access. The Review of Higher Education, 39(4), 543-569.
Clayton, A. B., Grantham, A., McGurrin, D. P., Paparella, P., & Pellegrino, L. N. (2015). Winning is everything: The intersection of academics and athletics at Prestige University. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18(2), 144-156.
Clayton, A. B. & English, D. (2017, November). Access to legal education: Examining enrollment trends and experiences of underrepresented students in law school. Roundtable at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, TX.
Toutkoushian, R. K., May-Trifiletti, J. A., & Clayton, A. B. (2017, November). From first to finish: Does college graduation vary by how first-generation college status is defined? Paper will be presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, TX.
Clayton, A. B. (2017, May). Preparing students for postsecondary enrollment: A difference-in-difference analysis of college advising on college readiness? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Clayton, A. B. (2016, November). College assistance for public high school students: Do college counselors improve postsecondary access? Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Columbus, OH.
Clayton, A. B. (2016, May). Effects of college counselors on college access: An inverse probability weighting analysis. Dissertation session presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA.
Umbach, P. D. & Clayton, A. B. (2015, November). Providing opportunities for the underprepared: The effect of remediation on educational and labor market outcomes. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Denver, CO.
Means, D. R., Clayton, A. B., Conzelmann, J., Baynes, P., Umbach, P. D. (2014, November). Bounded aspirations: Rural, African American high school students and college access. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.
Umbach, P. D. & Clayton, A. B. (2014, March). What are the effects of free college applications on college access? Paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.
Clayton, A. B., & Porter, S. R. (2013, November). The use of field experiments in postsecondary research: A review of the literature. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
Clayton, A. B. (2013, March). The desegregation of North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech in the 1950’s: A comparison of two land-grant universities in the south. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Charleston, SC.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
AIR Dissertation Grant Recipient, 2015- 2016
Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Grant #DG15-9439