Mary Ziskin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Mary Ziskin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Education

  • Ph.D. in Education, University of Michigan
  • M.A. in Musicology, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Music History and Theory (minor in German Language and Literatures), Oberlin College

Research Interests

  • Equity and stratification in postsecondary education
  • Discourses surrounding educational data
  • Critical research methodologies

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Zerquera, D.D., Ziskin M.B., and Torres, V., (April 2016). Faculty Views of “Nontraditional” Students: Aligning Perspectives for Student Success. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice. doi:10.1177/1521025116645109.

Gross, J. P. K., Hossler, D., and Ziskin, M.B. (2015). Institutional merit-based aid and student persistence: A longitudinal analysis. Review of Higher Education, 38 (2), 221-250.

Ziskin, M.B., Fischer, M. A., Torres, V., Player-Sanders, J., and Pellicciotti, M. B. (2014). Working students' perceptions of paying for college: Understanding the connections between financial aid and work. Review of Higher Education 37 (4), 429-467.

Hossler, D., Ziskin, M.B., and Gross, J. P. K. (2009). Getting serious about institutional performance in student retention: research-based lessons on effective policies and practices. About Campus, 13(6), 2-11.

Edited Volumes and Book Chapters

Ziskin, M.B.., Lucido, J. A., Gross, J. P. K., Hossler, D., Chung, E., & Torres, V. (2014). The institutional role in student retention: Thinking beyond student characteristics. In D. Hossler & R. Bontrager (Eds.), The handbook for strategic enrollment management (pp. tba). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ziskin, M.B., Torres, V., Hossler, D., and Gross, J. P. K. (2010). Mobile working students: A delicate balance of college, family, and work. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Understanding the working college student (pp. 67-92). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Hossler, D., Ziskin, M.B., Gross, J. P. K., Kim, S., & Cekic, O. (2009). Student aid and its role in encouraging persistence. In J. C. Smart (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (Vol. 24, pp. 389–425). New York, NY: Springer.

Ziskin, M.B., Hernandez, E., & Gross, J. P. K. (2009). Supplemental instruction and equity: Assessment of implementation and effects on student persistence. In D. Hossler, J. P. K. Gross, & M. B. Ziskin (Eds.), Readings on equal education: Vol. 24. Enhancing institutional and state initiatives to increase student success: Studies of the Indiana Project on Academic Success (pp. 101–120). New York, NY: AMS Press, Inc.

Hossler, D., Ziskin, M.B., Kim, S., Cekic, O., and Gross, J. P. K. (2008). Student aid and its role in encouraging persistence. In S. Baum, M. McPherson and P. Steele (Eds.), The effectiveness of student aid policies: What the research tells us (pp. 101–115). New York, NY: College Board.

Peng, C.-Y. J. and Ziskin, M.B. (2008). Control group. In P. Lavrakas (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (Vol. 1, pp. 196-197). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Nationally Released Reports: Externally-funded Research

Ziskin, M.B., Hossler, D., Rabourn, K.E., Cekic, O. (2014). Outcomes-Based Funding: Current Status, Promising Practices and Emerging Trends. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Dundar, A., Shapiro, D., Yuan, X., Harrell, A., Wild, J., & Ziskin, M.B., (2014, July) Some College, No Degree: A National View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion(Signature Report No.7). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dundar, A., Shapiro, D., Ziskin, M.B., Yuan, X., & Harrell, A. (2013, December). Completing college:  A national view of student attainment rates. (Signature Report No.6). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dundar, A., Shapiro, D., Ziskin, M.B., Chiang, Y., Chen, J., Harrell, A., and Torres, V. (2013). Baccalaureate Attainment: A National View of the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students Who Transfer from Two-Year to Four-Year Institutions (Signature Report No.5). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Lucido, J., Ziskin, M.B., Zerquera, D., Chung, E., Cuellar, M., Torres, V. and Hossler, D. (2012). Securing the future: Retention models in community college (Study of Community College Structures for Student Success, SCCSSS). Reston, VA: The College Board.

Dundar, A., Shapiro, D., Hossler, D., Chen, J., Ziskin, M.B., Park, E. Torres, V., and Chiang, Y. (2012). Completing college: A national view of student attainment rates (Signature Report No.4). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dundar, A., Shapiro, D., Hossler, D., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., Ziskin, M.B., and Torres, V. (2012). Reverse transfer: A national view of student mobility from four-year to two-year institutions (Signature Report No.3). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M.B., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., and Torres, V. (2012). Transfer & mobility: A national view of pre-degree student movement in postsecondary institutions (Signature Report No.2). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dadashova, A., Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Chen, J., Torres, V., Zerquera, D., and Ziskin, M.B. (2011, July). National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the Great Recession (Signature Report No.1). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Hossler, D., Ziskin, M.B., Lucido, J. A., Dadashova, A., and Schulz, S. A. (2011). How four-year colleges and universities organize themselves to promote student persistence: The emerging national picture. Reston, VA: The College Board.

Selected Presentations

Ziskin, M.B., Rabourn, K.E., & Hossler, D. (2016, November). Performance-based funding of higher education: Analyses of policy discourse across four case studies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Columbus, OH.

Ziskin, M. B. (2015, February). Critical discourse analysis and communicative pragmatics: Clarifying validity claims in critical ethnography Paper presented at the Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference XXVII, Las Vegas, NV.

Ziskin, M. B., Park, E., Hossler, D., Zerquera, D., & Torres, V. (2014, April). Organizational structures associated with community college student success: Results from a national survey. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Ziskin, M. B., Zerquera, D., & Torres, V. (2013, April). Higher education expenses: A deeper look at debt and how students manage. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Ziskin, M. B., Hossler, D., Lucido, J. A., & Chung, E. (2012, October). Promising Practices & Organizational Structures: Promoting Student Success in Community Colleges. Paper presented at the College Board National Forum, Miami, FL.

Ziskin, M. B. (2012, August). Academic success in classroom practice: AIs’ contributions to enhancing equity, retention and achievement at IU Paper presented at the Campus-wide Associate Instructor Workshop on Classroom Climate, Bloomington, IN.

Torres, V., Ziskin, M. B., Chen, J., & Dundar, A. (2011). Understanding student transfer: An Exploration of methodological issues through State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and National Student Clearinghouse data. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC.

Ziskin, M. B., Zerquera, D., & Torres, V. (2010). Faculty and practitioners’ views of working, commuting students: Aligning perspectives for academic success Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Hernandez, E., Ziskin, M. B., Gross, J. P. K., Fashola, O. R., & Rago, M. A. (2007). Making meaning of work for undergraduate students who are employed. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study Higher Education, Louisville, KY.

Ziskin, M. B. (2005). Equity, excellence, and the ethnography of elites:  The role of legitimation in the CUNY remediation debate. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Ziskin, M. B. (2003). Public debate on CUNY's remediation reform Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Hurtado, S., Ziskin, M. B., Wathington, H., Meader, E., & Engberg, M. (2001). Interaction and meaning: Students’ stories about learning in diverse environments. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the American Council on Education, Cincinnati, OH.

Ziskin, M. B., Hurtado, S., Matney, M., & Dey, E. (1999). “Organic” assessment: Understanding how faculty use classroom research and assessment in their daily lives. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study Higher Education, San Antonion, TX.