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Travis York, Ph.D.

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Travis York, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
(202) 478-6047


  • February 24, 2016
  • While a growing number of studies have indicated service-learning courses produce gains in several student outcomes, little empiric work has explored underserved student groups experiences with this pedagogy.  Travis York, APLU’s Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy, sought to address that gap with his most recent publication — a research chapter titled, “More than a Desire to Serve: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students’ Motivations to Participate in Service-Learning.” In this publication, York challenges long-held beliefs about service-learning and suggests a multidimensional motivation process.

  • February 9, 2017
  • APLU's Dr. Travis York published new research in a recent volume of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The article, Exploring Service-Learning Outcomes and Experiences for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: A Mixed-Methods Approachexamines service-learning for low-income, first-generation college students.
  • June 8, 2016
  • Travis York will lead a comprehensive look at evidenced-based transformative activities occurring across pathways into and through post-secondary education.  While the session focuses on four portions of the college path—holistic enrollment, transfer students’ sense of belonging, retention initiatives, and senior completion grants, the overarching focus is towards how institutions can vertically align suites of transformative activities to achieve increased gains overall student persistence and aid in closing achievement gaps.  

  • June 19, 2019
  • Dr. Travis York, APLU’s Assistant Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, gave a keynote address on the future of higher education at the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on June 13, 2019.

Travis T. York, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU).  His research centers on issues of college student access, success, and educational equity and Dr. York’s work has focused on examining pathways into and through postsecondary environments for low-income, first-generation, minority students. Dr. York serves as APLU's liaison to the Council on Student Affairs which is composed of the Senior Student Affairs Officers at each of APLU's member institutions and meets twice a year at CSA's Summer Forum and APLU's Annual Meeting. In addition to serving as one of APLU's primary researchers, Dr. York also provides policy analysis and deep expertise on institutional change and transformation.

Currently, Dr. York is the Project Director and Co-PI of APLU’s INCLUDES Project–a National Science Foundation-funded effort to 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. Dr. York is also Project Director of 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 most recently served as lead editor for the 2018 volume of Advances in Service-Learning Research, Service-Learning to Advance Access & Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity. 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.