Katherine Hughes

The College Board


Katherine Hughes, Ph.D., is Executive Director, Community College and Higher Education Initiatives, at the College Board. She works to strengthen the College Board’s services to and support of community colleges and their students, and to increase community college membership and participation in College Board leadership and activities. Dr. Hughes came to the College Board after more than 15 years with the Community College Research Center (CCRC), the leading academic authority on the nation’s two-year colleges, located at Columbia University.  At CCRC Dr. Hughes designed, managed, and conducted research projects on the transition from high school to college and careers, including projects addressing secondary-postsecondary partnerships, state policies that facilitate transitions and pathways, incoming community college student assessment and placement, dual enrollment, and career and technical education, among other topics. Dr. Hughes has published results from her work in a range of periodicals including Journal of College Student Retention, Community College Review, Teachers College Record, Techniques, and Phi Delta Kappan, and she co-authored the book Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform. She holds a Doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.