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Dr. Linda Serra


Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn is professor emeritus at Iowa State University and an ATD data coach. Dr. Hagedorn has been consulting with community colleges since the initiative’s inception. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to underrepresented student groups and equity.

Dr. Hagedorn has worked with community colleges in a number of ways including being a community college faculty member teaching electronics technology, serving as a community college department chair, and directing the community college leadership programs at the University of Southern California, the University of Florida, and Iowa State University. Dr. Hagedorn has received several awards for her research on community colleges including the Senior Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and the Career Achievement in Research Award from Iowa State University. She has served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). Dr. Hagedorn also has extensive international experience including serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam and partnering with the U.S. Department of State to deliver training in Indonesia on the topic of career and technical colleges.

Ph.D. (Public Policy Analysis, concentration in higher education) | University of Illinois at Chicago

M.Ed. | National-Louis University

A.A. (honorary) | Los Angeles Trade Tech

Past Experience
Associate Dean: College of Human Sciences | Iowa State University

Director | Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Associate Director: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis | University of Southern California

Director | Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students Project (TRUCCS) study

How has education changed your life/your family?

After graduating high school my family did not have the finances to allow me to study at a university. Rather, I attended a community college and worked part-time to support myself. The community college opened my eyes to possibilities I never thought possible. My experience was excellent. Several years after graduating from the community college, I was thrilled to be hired as an instructor at the SAME college I attended. Through the years, my life has taken a few turns and twists, but I have consistently remained tied to community colleges.

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