Travis T. York, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU). Dr. York’s research and work focuses on catalyzing and sustaining institutional change and transformation to support college student access and success; systemic diversity, equity, and inclusion; and, academic cultures that advance public universities’ wholistic missions. Dr. York supports APLU’s Council on Student Affairs, composed of the Senior Student Affairs Officers at each of APLU's member institutions, and serves as one of APLU's primary researchers providing leadership for several association-wide initiatives and subject matter expertise to advocate on behalf of APLU’s membership.
Currently, Dr. York is the Co-PI and Co-Lead of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance’s IChange Initiative and Backbone - an effort to develop a more inclusive and diversify STEM faculty; and serves as a Co-PI on a U.S. Department of Education IES Assessment Grant titled, Affording Degree Completion: A Study of Completion Grants at Accessible Public Universities in collaboration with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community, & Justice. Dr. York is leads APLU's Degree Completion Award–a collaborative effort to track and highlight institutional evidence-based efforts to increase student persistence across.
Dr. York has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his most recent article, Completion Grants: A multi-method examination of institutional practice, is forthcoming in the Journal of Student Financial Aid. Dr. York earned his B.A. and M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. York is active within several professional associations and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.