Gándara's research focuses on higher education policy and finance. Overarching themes in Gandara's writings include equity in policymaking processes and the effects of policies on different groups. Current research examines: the effects of free-college programs and policies; the development and effects of performance-based funding for higher education; varying notions of equity and adequacy in state funding of public higher education; methods for incorporating fairness in predictive analytics in higher education; the use of research evidence in higher education policymaking, and racial discourse in higher education policymaking.
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Discusses the effects of Tulsa Achieves, a type of promise program that covers the balance of students’ tuition and fees after other aid is exhausted at a single community college, on degree completion and transfer for different racial/ethnic groups.
Examines the state of student loan debt for Latinx borrowers.
Reviews program effects on first-time, full-time college enrollments of students by race/ethnicity and gender classification using national data on 33 Promise programs affecting single, 2-year colleges.
Examines whether 4-year, public universities become more selective or enroll fewer underrepresented students under performance-based funding state policies.
Analyzes the policy process surrounding the development of one state-level model for funding public higher education.
Discusses how states have addressed equity in their Performance or Outcomes Based Funding policies, and the possibilities and limitations of these approaches. Considers the specific implications and outcomes of POBF for Minority Serving Institutions, which are most likely to serve the populations who experience significant inequities in higher education Provides policy makers and higher education scholars with recommendations and strategies for using POBF to advance racial equity in higher education