Maurice Shirley

New York University

Maurice Shirley is a Ph.D. candidate studying Higher and Postsecondary Education. He earned a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s in English, Pre-Education from The Ohio State University.

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Student Employment on Undergraduate Black and Latino Student College Completion

Dissertation Abstract: Maurice’s research focuses on impact of student employment on college completion for undergraduate, underrepresented racial minority students (URMs) at four-year postsecondary institutions in the United States. His dissertation investigates the effects of student employment on college completion by race and institutional selectivity. To estimate these effects, he implements advanced statistical methods for causal inference, specifically propensity score matching (PSM), using longitudinal data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It intends to advance the understanding of the influence of participating in the student labor market on college completion for Black and Latino student populations, as compared to White students, at each level of Carnegie Classification of selectivity. The expected contributions from his study include making institutional and federal policy recommendations to support students who decide to participate in the student labor market and illustrate how employment affects students in modern day postsecondary education.