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Travis York, Ph.D.

Travis York, Ph.D.
Director of Student Success, Research, and Policy
(202) 478-6047


  • February 24, 2016
  • February 9, 2017
  • June 8, 2016

Travis T. York, Ph.D., joined APLU in 2016 as Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy.  He works closely with member institutions to Institutional Leaders together around issues of federal policy and student success.  Dr. York provides leadership and strategic analysis for Project Degree Completion, a collaboration between APLU & AASCU in which nearly 500 public colleges and universities have pledged to collectively award 3.8 million more degrees by 2025.  Dr. York serves as the staff liaison for APLU’s Council on Student Affairs and contributes to projects, initiatives, and policy analysis related to college student access and success.  His research centers on issues of college student access, success, and educational equity; especially as it relates to educational policy.

Before joining APLU, Dr. York was an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Valdosta State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and graduate certificate in Institutional Research from The Pennsylvania State University.  During his tenure at Penn State, Dr. York served as the Graduate Research Assistant for the PSAA’s Legislative Education & Advocacy and previously worked full-time at multiple institutions in Student Affairs.  Dr. York earned his B.A. and M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College.

Dr. York’s work has focused on examining pathways into and through postsecondary environments for low-income and first-generation students.  Winner of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s Dissertation of the Year Award (2013), Dr. York has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  Most recently, his research was included the 2015 edition of Advances in Service-Learning Research Series.  Dr. York is active within several professional associations, including AERA, ASHE, & NASPA.  He serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, the College Student Affairs Journal, and Higher Education in Review (Editor, 2012-2013).