Di Xu

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Associate Professor
School of Education
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2013, Economics of Education
Phone: (949) 824-2948
Fax: (949) 824-9103
Email: dix3@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
2054 Education
Mail Code: 5500
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Higher Education Policy, Program Evaluation, Community College Research, Online Learning
Research Abstract
Di Xu is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. She researches the labor market returns to different degree programs and major areas in higher education. She is also conducting research to explore the impacts of educational programs, interventions, and instructional practice on student course performance, persistence, and degree completion.

Xu earned a PhD in economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include economic returns to higher education, financial aid to higher education, and the use of quantitative research methods in evaluating the effects of governmental policies and projects on educational equity and efficiency.
Pathway to STEM Success: Improving Access and Success and Closing Equity Gaps in College-level Math in a State Community College System, 2023-2026, PI, National Science Foundation (NSF), $1,969,430
Online Course Enrollment, Efficacy, and Design Features: Evidence from Three UC Campuses, 2023-2024, PI, UC Online, $50,000
Exploring noncredit CTE program factors that strengthen workforce pipelines, 2022-2025, PI, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), $1,700,000
Scaling humanized online teaching in STEM, 2022-2024, Co-PI, California Learning Lab, $700,000
Investigating success patterns and subsequent educational and labor market outcomes among students in non-credit programs, 2022-2024, Lumina Foundation, PI, $460,000
Online Student Support Hubs and Online Student Success, 2022-2024, Arnold Ventures, Co-PI, $267,767
Online Instructor Professional Development and Student Outcomes in Community Colleges, 2021-2025, IES, Co-PI, $1,698,340
CAREER: Multidimensional Support to Improve Distance Learning Experience in Community College STEM Gateway Courses, 2018-2024, NSF, PI, $655,237
Building Capacity: STEM Faculty Professional Learning in the Zone of Proximal Development, NSF, 2018-2023, Co-PI, $1,499,999
Using Behavioral Nudges and Insights to Promote Calbright Student Success, California Online Community College District, 2022-2024, PI, $2,936,487
Other Experience
Journal Referee
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; Economics of Education Review; Journal of Higher Education; Research in Higher Education; Community College Review; Journal of Online Learning and Teaching; International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education; Education Finance and Policy
Research Centers
Community College Research Center: Research Affiliate (http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/)
UCI Postsecondary Education Research & Implementation Institute (https://educationresearch.uci.edu)
Noncredit Research Collaborative (https://noncreditresearch.org/)
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