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March 6, 2020

Professor Philip Oreopoulos is appointed as Special Advisor on Economics of Higher Education to the Faculty of Arts & Science Dean

Professor Philip Oreopoulos
Professor Philip Oreopoulos

Professor Oreopoulos brings almost two decades of relevant research experience to this role. He has published widely in the top economics journals on a variety of topics pertaining to post-secondary education, including several widely cited papers based on experimental evidence of the determinants of student success at the University of Toronto. Professor Oreopoulos’ research is characterized by a strong emphasis on research design and experimental validity. This reinforces the Faculty’s objective of both innovating on the basis of the best existing evidence and building experimental assessment into the design of initiatives that support student success.

As Special Advisor, Professor Oreopoulos will provide advice to the Dean, and the Faculty of Arts & Science more broadly, on matters pertaining to evidence-based determinants of undergraduate student success, especially drawing on insights and evidence from the economics of higher education, and related disciplines. The focus this year will be a review of the determinants of academic success in the early years, including an assessment of student admissions and recruitment.


With files from the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto