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Artemio Cardenas

Research Associate




My role will be to support higher education policymakers and leaders in making decisions that will help make higher education more affordable, accessible, and equitable. I am a quantitative researcher focusing on higher education issues at the state and institutional levels. I have been fortunate to work in numerous roles in higher education. First, for the University of California, Office of the President, where I worked on innovative projects such as the development of a systemwide online education program. I then worked at the campus level for the University of California, San Francisco where I was a senior policy analyst supporting faculty on issues ranging from Academic Planning and Budget to Faculty Welfare. Then, at Penn State, before enrolling in a doctorate program, I worked directly with students while serving as a science diversity, equity and inclusion professional. As a higher education researcher, my academic work has focused on higher education finance, governance and policy issues, as well as STEM equity.

Education & Training

I hold a Ph.D. in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University, a masters degree in economics from California State University, East Bay, a masters degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver; and a bachelors degree in finance from the University of San Francisco.

Outside Interests

I really enjoy being outdoors. I love hiking, biking and exploring. When indoors, I enjoy following my favorite sports teams. I am a huge college basketball fan. I also love studying history and learning about new people and places. When I retire, I want to be a volunteer ranger for a national or state park. If that doesn’t work out, then a tour guide at any interesting historic site.

Why I Work With NCHEMS

First, I love history, and NCHEMS has a rich history of shaping higher education and guiding change. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such an influential institution and I look forward to being a part of future contributions. Second, I enjoy working at NCHEMS because it is exciting to be a part of solutions that make higher education more accessible, affordable, and equitable for students and their families. Third, NCHEMS provides an opportunity to work with very smart and talented people within the organization and around the country who are passionate about higher education.