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Ashley Clayton

Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed 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
Office: 111Q Peabody Hall
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Biography

Ashley B. Clayton, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Louisiana State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her master’s degree from Florida International University. Dr. Clayton 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. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she worked in undergraduate admissions and TRIO Upward Bound.

Dr. Clayton’s research agenda broadly focuses on practices and policies that address postsecondary access, equity, and success. She examines the barriers, systems, and policies that aid or inhibit postsecondary access and success. Her work often examines postsecondary outcomes for underserved student populations, including first-generation college students, low-income students, rural students, and Students of Color. Several of her research projects examine college access interventions, college advising, K-16 pathways, and the postsecondary experiences of underrepresented students. A central tenet of her research agenda is a commitment to scholarship that focuses on equity and diversity.

Selected Publications

Medina, M. C., & Clayton, A. B. (accepted). An open-admissions summer bridge program:  The impact on first-year student success. Journal of First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 

Umbach, P. D., Clayton, A. B., & *Smith, K. N. (in press). Developmental education’s effect on graduation and labor market outcomes. Journal of Developmental Education. 

Whatley, M. E., & Clayton, A. B. (2020). Study abroad for low-income students: The relationship between need-based aid and access to education abroad. Journal of Student Financial Aid 49(2), 1. 

Ardoin, S., Clayton, A. B., Martinez, B., & Nguyen, D. J. (2019). Negotiating space and relationships as a first-generation, working-class college student. In J. C. Garvey, J. C. Harris, D. R. Means, R. J. Perez, & C. J. Porter (Eds.), Case studies for student development theory: Advancing social justice & inclusion in higher education. Routledge. 

Clayton, A. B. (2019). Helping students navigate the college choice process: The experiences and practices of college advising professionals in public high schools. The 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. 

Clayton, A. B., & Peters, B. A. (2019). The desegregation of land-grant institutions in the 1950s: The first African American students at NC State University and Virginia Tech. The Journal of Negro Education, 88(1), 75-92. 

Toutkoushian, R. K., *May-Trifiletti, J. A., & Clayton, A. B. (2019). From “first in family” to “first to finish”: Does college graduation vary by how first-generation college status is defined? Educational Policy. 

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). 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.

Selected Presentations

Clayton, A. B., McClay, L. P., & Davis, R. D. (2020, April). Considering both HBCU and PWI options: Exploring the college choice process of first-year black students. Paper will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. 

May-Trifiletti, J. A., Clayton, A. B., & Toutkoushian, R. K., (2020, April). Postsecondary outcomes for first-generation students from one- and two-parent families: Differences by definition of "first-generation.” Roundtable session will be held at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. 

Padilla, C. C., Tevis, T., Clayton, A. B., Schroeder, P. (2020, April). High school counselor knowledge of NCAA regulations for prospective student-athletes’ transition to college. Roundtable session will be held at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. 

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

Co-Principal Investigator, Institutional Agents: Exploring High School Counselors’ College Knowledge in California Title I Schools, Spencer Foundation, 2020 – 2021, Grant total: $49,983

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

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