Dr. Leticia Oseguera
TitleAssociate Professor of Education (Higher Education) and Senior Research Associate
DepartmentEducation Policy Studies
CentersCenter for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)
Leticia Oseguera is a Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University and an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program. Dr. Oseguera earned her doctoral and Master's degrees in Higher Education and Organization Change from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in Sociology. She has taught courses on educational policy, multicultural education, issues in K-16 schooling, and student development in higher education. She has also taught Comparative Latino Populations for the UCI Department of Chicano/Latino Studies.
Dr. Oseguera has spent the past four years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to UCI, she worked at UCLA and served as an academic coordinator for athletics, she worked as a research analyst for the Higher Education Research Institute, and she worked for the Office of Faculty Diversity.
Dr. Oseguera is a quantitative researcher with a substantive focus on college access, college transitions, and college impact. Her first area of research focuses on educational policies around college access and admissions including standardized testing, financial aid, and percent plans in college admissions. In recent publications, she has evaluated pre-professional preparation programs and these programs' influence on students' decisions to pursue careers in those substantive areas. Her second area of research focuses on college transitions. She has published articles on the movement between high school and various postsecondary educational paths. Her third area of research focuses on the impact of college on students. In particular, she has examined college students' agency and civic development during the undergraduate years. Dr. Oseguera's work examines how gender, race, and class shape educational experiences and opportunities in the United States.
Dr. Oseguera (with co-PI Dr. Cynthia Feliciano) was recently awarded a 5-year grant from UC All Campus Consortium for Diversity (ACCORD) examining 16-26 year olds who are not en route to securing postsecondary education (PSE) credentials with value in the labor market. She will portray the trajectories of multiple segments of the target population and document the opportunities and obstacles they face in the attainment of a PSE credential. She will be using multiple national datasets to provide a portrait of 16-26 years across various sectors of education, health, and the criminal justice system and will develop survey and interview protocol to be used in community case studies of Southern California cities.