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Thursday, April 7, 2016The Greater Texas Foundation has named Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Assistant Professor, Yi (Leaf) Zhang, as a 2016 Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow. Dr. Zhang's research topic, "Transfer Pathway to Baccalaureate Degree Attainment in STEM Fields of Study: A Longitudinal Transcript Analysis in a Texas Research University," Zhang's focuses primarily on community college transfer students' persistence and degree completion at a four-year research university in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The study’s intent is to carefully investigate the extent to which students' transfer pathways, early academic momentum, and course-taking patterns affect student' baccalaureate degree attainment, especially in STEM fields of study. The Greater Texas Foundation's mission is to reinforce postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion for Texas students.