Jessica Mason is a researcher at AIR with a focus on postsecondary education. Her areas of expertise include college and career readiness, postsecondary student success initiatives, postsecondary models of competency-based education, and alternative forms of student financial aid. In addition to higher education content expertise, she has expertise in quantitative methods, particularly using large-scale national and state longitudinal datasets, and in qualitative research design and program evaluation.
Prior to joining AIR, her work included research on the impact of faculty perceptions of underrepresented minority students on student aspirations, and on postsecondary civic education using the NCES Education Longitudinal Study and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Her work has been presented at national conferences, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Peabody Journal of Education and Innovative Higher Education.