Assistant Professor, School of Education
Bachelor's Degree: Interior Design, Virginia Tech, 2005
Master's Degree: Higher Education Administration, Florida International University, 2009
PhD: Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Higher Education), North Carolina State University, 2016
Post Doctorate: Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, 2016-2017
Office: 111Q Peabody Hall
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.” 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 underserved student populations, including low-income students, first-generation college students, and students of color. 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, college advising, community college pathways, and the postsecondary experiences of students of color.
Clayton, A. B. (in press). The practices and experiences of college advising professionals in public high schools. Review of Higher Education.
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.
Clayton, A. B., & Peters, B. A. (in press). The desegregation of land-grant institutions in the 1950s: The first African American students at NC State University and Virginia Tech. Journal of Negro Education.
Umbach, P. D., Tuchmayer, J. B., Clayton, A. B., Smith, K. N. (in press). Transfer student success: Exploring community college, university, and individual predictors. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
Clayton, A. B., & Means, D. R. (2018). 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 (pp. 22-43). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
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., Worsham, R., & Reavis, G. (2018, November). Exploring summer melt: Understanding why students choose not to enroll in college. Paper to be presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Tampa, FL.
Billings, M.S., & Clayton, A. B. (2018, November). Reducing barriers to college with near peer-advisers: The impact of the Georgia College Advising Corps. Roundtable to be presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Tampa, FL.
Clayton, A. B. (2018, April). The desegregation of land-grant institutions in the 1950s: The first African American students at North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
Clayton, A. B., Porter, S. R., & Smith, D. (2018, April). Field experiments in postsecondary education: Treatments, outcomes, and methods of randomization. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
Whatley, M., & Clayton, A.B. (2018, March). Study Abroad for low-income Students: The relationship between need-based aid and access to education abroad. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Portland, OR.
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.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
AIR Dissertation Grant Recipient, 2015- 2016
Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Grant #DG15-9439
Editorial Review Board Member
- Journal of First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (2018 – 2020 Term)
- Review of Educational Research (2016 – present)
- Research in Higher Education (2017 – present)
- Journal of Negro Education (2017 – present)
- American Journal of Education (2018 – present)
- Higher Education (2018 – present)
- Journal of Research in Rural Education ( 2018 – present)
Editorial Assistant (2014 – 2016)
Journal of Higher Education