James Benson

James BensonJames Benson is an education research analyst at the National Center for Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. He is located in the Policy and Systems division, and monitors grants across three main program areas: Postsecondary and Adult Education, Continuous Improvement Research in Education, and National Research and Development Centers. He is the program officer for CAPSEE, as well as the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) and the Center for Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL).

Prior to taking this position in 2012, he was an assistant researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, focusing on issues of postsecondary education finance. He has published on the effects of need-based financial aid and working while enrolled in college, and on the relationship between neighborhood poverty and early childhood learning. Dr. Benson earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Breakout 1C: Returns to Technical and Vocational Programs
Thursday, April 6, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM