Nathan Daun-Barnett

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy

 478 Baldy Hall

College Access and Choice in US Higher Education
Public Policy in Higher Education
Financing Higher Education
Organizations and Governance in Higher Education

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Dr. Daun-Barnett is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Educational Leadership and Policy Program. His research focuses on college access, the transition from high school to college, and state policy as it affects the opportunities of students. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration with an emphasis in public policy at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Prior to joining the GSE faculty, Dr. Daun-Barnett served as the Director for University Relations and Policy Research for the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

Currently, Dr. Daun-Barnett is working on several lines of inquiry related to college access, public policy and K-16 alignment. His most recent work focuses on the influence of state high school graduation requirement policies on two outcomes - the likelihood students will complete high school and if they do, whether they have completed more courses in the core academic subjects (a proxy for college preparation). Additionally, he is looking at tuition guarantee programs, financial aid policies, and how the Web environment affects how students access information about the college going process and whether that influences college access.

One final area of inquiry involves the evaluation of intervention strategies designed to help students prepare for and gain access to the college admissions process including tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs, summer bridge programs, and dual enrollment, middle college and early college high schools, Currently Dr. Daun-Barnett serves as the grant evaluator for the Michigan College Access Challenge Grant from the US Department of Education and he has worked with several communities to develop college access strategies.


Preparation and Access: A Multi-level Analysis of State Policy Influences on the Academic Antecedents to College Enrollment

Book Chapters

Daun-Barnett, N. & Perorazio, T. (in press). Infusion of Innovation: Catalyzing Policy Change Through Research. In Innovation Strategies Around The World, Kumar Jain B, R. and Saxena, P. (Eds.). The ICFAI University Press: Andhra Pradesh, India.

St. John, Edward P. & Daun-Barnett, N. (2007). Public Opinions and Political Contexts. In Public Relations in Schools (4th ed.), Kowalski, T.J. (ed). Prentice Hall.

Daun-Barnett, N. & Affolter-Caine, B. (2007). Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Influence State Policy: A new descriptive, diagnostic, and analytical tool for higher education research. In Geographic Information System: An Introduction, Kumar Jain B, R. and Saxena, P. (Eds.). The ICFAI University Press: Andhra Pradesh, India.

Refereed Journal Articles

Daun-Barnett, N., Fisher, A., & Williams, K (2009). Inquiry in Action: Formative Evaluation of Action Inquiry in a Multi-Campus Institutional Context. In Readings on Equal Education, vol. 24. Hossler, D. & Ziskin, M. (eds). New York: AMS Press, Inc.

Daun-Barnett, Nathan (Fall, 2005). Institutional Policy Recommendations Regarding Mandatory Student Fees: A Legal Analysis. Education Law and Policy Forum 1(1). Institute for Higher Education, University of Georgia.

Rowley, L., Daun-Barnett, N., & Sule’, V (revise and resubmit). Higher Education and African-American Civic Participation: An Empirical Examination of the "Talented Tenth" Concept. Journal of Higher Education.

Other Publications

St. John, E., Fisher, A. S., Williams, K. & Daun-Barnett, N. (2008). Educational Opportunity in Indiana: A Study of the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program. Lumina Foundation for Education: Indianapolis, IN.

St. John, E., Daun-Barnett, N., & Williams, K. (2007). State Policy, STEM Preparation, and College Access: A Comparison of Michigan and Other States in the Great Lakes Region. Educating a STEM Workforce: New Strategies for U-M and the State of Michigan Conference Proceedings. University of Michigan.

Daun-Barnett, N. (April, 2007) Book Review: Defending the Community College Equity Agenda. Planning in Higher Education 35(3). Ann Arbor, MI: Society for College and University Planning.

Daun-Barnett, N. & Overton-Atkins, B. (2006). Transfer and Articulation: Asset or Challenge. Washington, DC: National Articulation and Transfer Network. Retrieved from

Daun-Barnett, N. & Affolter-Caine, B. (2006). Measuring Up: A Midwestern Perspective. Minneapolis, MN: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC).

Brown, J., Affolter-Caine, B., & Daun-Barnett, N. (in process). Promise of Prosperity: A New American Community Compact for Economic Renewal and Education Attainment. Promise of Prosperity Series. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.