Amanda Janice Roberson is the director of policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), where she manages projects for the policy research team. Much of Amanda’s work centers on postsecondary data, metrics and infrastructure, including contributions to the postsecondary metrics framework and designs for a federal student-level data network. Her research interests include: using data to inform policy and practice; advocacy that advances equity in higher education; college access, affordability, and success; and federal and state policy.
Prior to joining IHEP, Amanda served as the assistant director for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, managing the scholarship program, guiding students through college financial aid processes, and tracking outcomes of program participants. This position sparked an interest in and passion for college access and success for low-income and underserved students. In graduate school, she was a research assistant for a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration grant, providing technical assistance to communities in Appalachian Ohio.
Amanda earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, with a focus on nonprofit management and economic development. She previously graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.