Creating Entrepreneurial Community Colle

Carrie B. Kisker, Ph.D.

Dr. Carrie B. Kisker is an education research and policy specialist in Los Angeles, California. Drawing from her own and others' research, she regularly consults with college leaders on issues related to entrepreneurship and innovation, program and policy development, strategic planning and accountability, civic learning and democratic engagement. Click here to learn more. 

In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Kisker runs the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, a nonprofit organization that engages in and supports research related to community college practice and policy. Working through the Center, and with funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates, Walter S. Johnson, Spencer, Hewlett, and Kettering foundations, Dr. Kisker has conducted several investigations of transfer and articulation reform, civic learning and democratic engagement, and deliberative practices in community colleges.  

Dr. Kisker is author of numerous books, chapters, research reports, journal articles, and other publications on issues related to community college practice and policy. Her most recent book is Creating Entrepreneurial Community Colleges, A Design Thinking Approach (Harvard Education Press, 2021).


Previous books include The American Community College (Jossey-Bass, 6th ed., 2014) with Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer and The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System (Jossey-Bass, 2nd ed., 2010) with Arthur M. Cohen. She has also co-edited two volumes of New Directions for Community Colleges (Jossey-Bass, 2013 and 2016). 

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Dr. Kisker holds a B.A. in psychology and education from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, a scholarly association comprised of university-based researchers and community college practitioners dedicated to furthering community college scholarship.