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Laura Owen Research Associate Professor School of Education

Additional Positions at AU
Director, Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success
PhD, Counselor Education, Oregon State University
MEd, Counseling and Guidance, Brigham Young University
BS, Psychology, Brigham Young University

Dr. Laura Owen, Director, Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success and Research Associate Professor at American University, focuses on evaluating the impact of interventions and programs designed to address the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the country face. Dr. Owen has worked collaboratively with leaders from across the country to address systems issues impacting student postsecondary outcomes. She was a panelist at the Harvard White House Convening where she discussed research-based approaches to address financial aid and college affordability, the college enrollment process, and the summer transition between high school and college.   Laura co-led the SDSU White House Convening and was a cofounder of the National Consortium for School Counseling and Post Secondary Success (NCSCPS), which supported the former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s, reach higher campaign focused on increasing equitable and accessible pathways to postsecondary success for all students, especially those who face formidable barriers.   Dr. Owen believes that all children, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, or disability, have the right to receive the highest quality education available.
See Also
School of Education
Twitter @LauraAdamsOwen
Twitter @AU_CPRS
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Owen, L., & Westlund, E. (2016). Increasing college opportunity: school counselors and fafsa completion. Journal of College Access, 2(1), 6-26.

Young, A., Gonzalez, I., Owen, L., & Heltzer, J. (2015). The journey from counselor-in-training to practitioner researcher: Bridging the professional gap. Professional School Counseling, 18(1), 216-225.

Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2015). Stay late or start early? Experimental evidence on the benefits of college matriculation support from high schools versus colleges. Economics of Education Review,47, 168-179.

Journal Special Issues

Owen, L. & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2017). School counseling and postsecondary success. [Special Issue]. Journal of College Access.

White Papers

Brown, J., Hatch, T., Holcomb-McCoy, C., Martin, P., Mcleod, J., Owen, L., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2017). The state of school counseling: revisiting the path forward. Washington, DC.

Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2015). Report to college bound St. Louis on the implementation and impact of the 2014 summer melt intervention utilizing Bridgit.Dell Foundation and College Bound St. Louis. St. Louis, MO. 

Hatch, T., & Owen, L. (2015). Strengthening school counseling and college advising: San Diego state university white house post convening report. San Diego, CA. Retrieved from





Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Teaching Awards

  • SDSU College of Education Most Influential Faculty Member Award (2015)
  • Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)

Funded Research Grants

  • Owen, L. (2018-2019). Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success. The Kresge Foundation
  • Owen, L. (2018-2019). DC Summer Melt Texting Intervention. Raise DC. 
  • Owen, L. (2018-2021). Up Next Texting Program. Civic Nation/Mellon Foundation. District of Columbia.
  • Owen, L. (2017-2019). DC Middle School College Experience. Private Funder.
  • Owen, L. (2016-2017). Development of a School Counseling Evaluation Rubric. Alliance College Ready Public Schools. Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Owen, L. (2015-2016) Formative Evaluation of the Implementation of California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI) in partnership districts. Foundation for California Community Colleges.
  • Brown, J., Hatch, T., Holcomb-McCoy, C., Martin, P., Mcleod, J., Owen, L., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2015-2016). National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success, Planning Grant for Landscape Study of School Counseling for College and Career Readiness. Kresge Foundation.
  • Arnold, K., Avery, C., Castleman, B., Long, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2014-2019). Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment and Success. Institute of Education Sciences.
  • Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2014-2015). My Summer GPS. Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.