Grant H. Blume

Acting Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington

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Blume’s work focuses on analyzing and evaluating state and institutional policies that shape postsecondary access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. His research uses national data sets, statewide longitudinal data, and institutional data to analyze the role of policy in educational choice making. He is currently working with statewide longitudinal data from Washington State to analyze the extent that school-level counseling resources affect the postsecondary choices of students at high-poverty high schools. Blume, a former admissions counselor, has served on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) government relations committee and as chairperson of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) government relations committee.

In the News

"Lariviere’s Firing Opens a Window of Opportunity for Change," Grant H. Blume, The Register-Guard, December 7, 2013.


"The State of State College Readiness Policies" (with William Zumeta). American Behavioral Scientist 58, no. 8 (online first article, 2014).
Examines the characteristics of college readiness policies in an effort to identify patterns across American states.
"Empirical Innovations in Policy Analysis" (with Tyler Scott and Maureen Pirog). The Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming).
Discusses trends in policy analysis, such as the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and Big Data, and reviews how these trends are shaping the field.
"The High Price of Excess Credits: How New Approaches Could Help Students and Schools," (with Alicia Kinne and Marguerite Roza), Edunomics Lab, Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, 2013.
Uses data from New York, Georgia, and California to calculate the public costs of undergraduate excess credits; explores how these resources could be better used to expand postsecondary access.
"Changes in Levels of Affirmative Action in College Admissions in Response to Statewide Bans and Judicial Rulings" (with Mark Long). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 36, no. 1 (March 2014).
Uses nationally-representative data on college enrollment to examine the extent that affirmative action practices have changed in response to judicial rulings and statewide bans; finds selective institutions’ use of affirmative action declined substantially and statistically significantly in post-affirmative action states from 1992 to 2004.
"Are Residents Losing Their Edge in Public University Admissions? The Case at the University of Washington," (with Marguerite Roza), Center for Reinventing Public Education, November 30, 2012.
Uses institutional data to determine that Washington State’s flagship university favored nonresidents over residents in the 2010-2011 undergraduate admissions cycle. This analysis is in response to media claims about residents’ declining access to their state’s public flagship university.