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Sung-Woo Cho

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Dr. Sung-Woo Cho is a researcher at Abt Associates and teaches the QMSS Master's Thesis course as part of the QMSS core curriculum. He was formerly at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Columbia University and a B.A. with Honors in Public Policy and Economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Cho has worked primarily on the quantitative analysis of community college data, with an emphasis on student progression and outcome measurement, as well as causal inference using difference-in-differences. He is currently focusing on the evaluation of various K-12 education interventions, as well as the effectiveness of new biosciences curricula and certificates on subsequent academic and labor market outcomes. He is also a certified reviewer for the Department of Educations What Works Clearinghouse.

During his time at CCRC, he worked on the Achieving the Dream and Completion by Design initiatives and analyzed longitudinal data from the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. His recent papers include Referral, Enrollment, and Completion in Developmental Education Sequences in Community Colleges (with Thomas Bailey and Dong Wook Jeong), Developmental Education in Community Colleges (with Thomas Bailey), and Washington States Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST): New Evidence of Effectiveness (with Matthew Zeidenberg and Davis Jenkins).