Dr. Stefani Bjorklund is an Executive Associate and Senior Research Associate with Rankin & Associates Consulting. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Bjorklund’s research has focused on the following issues in postsecondary education: access, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented college students and faculty; welfare reform and financial aid policies; low-income student experiences; campus climate for students of color, women students, and low-income, parenting students; and effects of instructor activities, collaborative learning, and group work on gains in student skills.
Dr. Bjorklund was a research associate at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE), a unit of the National Academy of Engineering, where she spearheaded a multi-campus National Science Foundation-sponsored project to investigate faculty and student engagement in learning activities and lifelong learning. She also was a part of a team that evaluated two NSF-sponsored coalitions of engineering colleges. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a social worker and administrator of a federally-funded demonstration project funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering for social service and animal welfare agencies.