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Linda Hagedorn

Title: Professor Emeritus
Department: School of Education

Office: E262 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 5746
Email: lindah@iastate.edu

Research interests

  • Community college student success
  • International Education
  • International college students
  • College student retention
  • Underrepresentation student groups



Linda Serra Hagedorn is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, International Programs, Student Services, Equity, and community.  She was  a professor in the School of Education.  Although retired from ISU, Dr. Hagedorn remains an active researcher focusing on college student success. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to underrepresented student groups, and equity. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University, she directed the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. She was also the Director of the Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students Project (TRUCCS); a longitudinal study of over 5,000 students enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District. She has worked with the Achieving the Dream Initiative since its inception and is currently the data facilitator for four community colleges.
Hagedorn earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in higher education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Senior Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and Mujeres de Excelencia Award from the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures. She is currently the President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and the past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) as well as the past vice-president of Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her other academic interest is international students. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Vietnam and has recently returned from Indonesia where she worked with the U.S. Department of State on the topic of career and technical colleges. Her recent published works include; Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Factors Affecting Transfer for Urban Community College Students; An investigation of critical mass: The role of Latino representation in the success of urban community college students and Serving Latinos: The history and growth of Hispanic-serving institutions.