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Ashley Clayton

Assistant Professor

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

Phone: (225) 578-1792

Email: aclayton@lsu.edu

Office: 111Q Peabody Hall

Biography

Ashley Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Louisiana State University.  She earned her PhD 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 first-generation college students, low-income students, rural 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. 

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Selected Publications

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.

Toutkoushian, R. K., May-Trifiletti, J. A., & Clayton, A. B. (in press). From “first in family” to “first to finish”: Does college graduation vary by how first-generation college status is defined? Educational Policy.

Clayton, A. B. (2019). Helping students navigate the college choice process: The experiences and practices of college advising professionals in public high schools. Review of Higher Education 42(4), 1401-1429.

Clayton, A. B., Medina, M. C., & Wiseman, A. M. (2019). Culture and community: Perspectives from first-year first-generation in college Latino students. Journal of Latinos and Education, 18(2), 134-150.

Ardoin, S., Clayton, A., Martinez, B., & Nguyen, D. (2019). How first-generation college students live with social class differences on campus. In J. C. Garvey, J. C. Harris, D. R. Means, R. J. Perez, & C. J. Porter (under contract), Case studies for student development theory: Advancing social justice & inclusion in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Umbach, P. D., Tuchmayer, J. B., Clayton, A. B., Smith, K. N. (2019). Transfer student success: Exploring community college, university, and individual predictors. Community College Journal of Research and Practice 43(9), 599-617.

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. 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.

Selected Presentations

Clayton, A. B., Billings, M.S., & Worsham, R. (2019, November). A “bridge" to college opportunities: The role and advising strategies of near-peer college advisers. Paper to be presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR.

Worsham, R., Clayton, A. B., & Gayles, J. G. (2019, November). Exploring college transitions of rural students in STEM majors. Paper to be presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR.

Clayton, A. B. (2019, April). The practices and experiences of college advising professionals in public high schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Medina, M. C., & Clayton, A. B. (2019, April). The impact of an open-admissions summer bridge program on first-year student success. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

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. 

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, Exploring the College Choice Process, Transition, and Overall Experiences of Black Students at HBCUs and PWIs, Dean’s Circle Grant Program, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, 2019 – 2020, Grant total: $5,000

Co-Principal Investigator, CHSE Student Retention Research and Practice Project, Dean’s Fund for Strategic IMPACTS, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, 2018 – 2019, Grant total: $5,000

Recipient, SEC Faculty Travel Grant, Southeastern Conference, 2018 – 2019, Grant total: $950

Recipient, Dean’s Auxiliary Faculty Travel Grant, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, 2017 – 2018, Grant total: $1,000

Recipient, Dissertation Grant #DG15-9439, Association for Institutional Research (AIR), 2015 – 2016, Grant total: $20,000

Professional Service

Editorial Review Board Member

Journal of First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (2018 – 2020 Term)

Peer Reviewer

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