Colleen Sommo
Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Education

With over two decades of experience in postsecondary education research, Sommo co-manages the Postsecondary Education policy area and leads several research projects. She is skilled in strategic planning, project management, and program development. Sommo currently serves as the project director for Scaling Up College Completion Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS)SUCCESS partners with colleges in many states, providing in-depth technical assistance to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive student support programs that are designed to be cost-effective and capable of being sustained and expanded to a large scale. Sommo also leads two evaluations related to the City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), including the randomized controlled trial at Westchester Community College and a long-term follow-up study of the ASAP Ohio demonstration project. Sommo has extensive knowledge of designing and implementing multi-site impact studies and leading effective teams. She has coauthored numerous MDRC reports and holds a master’s degree in education from Mercy College.