Office Hours with John Gardner
Being a first-generation student and teaching middle school influenced Jamey Rorison’s focus on equitable outcomes for all students. He discusses the beginnings of the Postsecondary Values Commission and its work to help institutions understand how their programs are performing.
Jamey Rorison, Ph.D., is a senior program officer on the U.S. Program Data team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads efforts to advance a field-led movement to increase equitable postsecondary value, building on the work of the Postsecondary Value Commission, as well as a portfolio seeking to improve postsecondary data quality, use, and infrastructure at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining the foundation, Rorison served as director of research and policy at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), where he managed the Postsecondary Data Collaborative (PostsecData) and the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure Expert Working Group, and led research examining issues of college affordability and equitable college access and completion.
Rorison earned his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation examined the role of financial aid and other resources in persistence toward a bachelor’s degree for students from low-income families. He also holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also from the University of Pennsylvania.