Tracy Ballysingh, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

Dr. Ballysingh teaches courses in Program Assessment and Evaluation, Higher Education Organization and Administration, and Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education. A qualitative P-16 educational access and completion scholar, her research explores the socio-historical systems, structures, policies, and cultural contexts that preclude or promote achievement for 1st generation, low-income, and/or students of color. In particular, Dr. Ballysingh is interested in 1) Pre-college contexts, including PK-12 experiences and socio/familial contexts; 2) Postsecondary experiences, including 1st year transition, college contexts, campus climate, institutional type, academic support, and curricular approaches; and 3) Socio-historical contexts, including systems that shape opportunity structures, reproduce or remedy social stratification, and institutional, state, and federal policy contexts.

Areas of Expertise

Diversity, Access, and Equity; Educational Policy; Higher Education; History, Philosophy, Sociology of Education; School Climate; School Governance; Social Justice; Student Affairs


Selected Publications

  • Pérez II, D., Garcia-Louis, C. Ballysingh, T. A., & Martinez, E. (2018) Advancing an Anti-Deficit Achievement Framework for Latinx College Students. In A. E. Batista, S. M. Collado, and D. Pérez II (Eds.), Latinx in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways and Success. National Association for Student Personnel Administrators.
  • Zerquera, D. D., Ballysingh, T. A., & Templeton, E. (2017). A Critical Look at Perspectives of Access and Mission at High Latinx-Enrolling Urban Universities. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(3), 199-222.  [abstract]
  • Ballysingh, T. A., Zerquera, D. D., Sáenz, V. B., & Turner, C. S. V. (2017). Answering the Call: Hispanic-Serving Institutions as Leaders in the Quest for Access, Excellence, and Equity in American Higher Education. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.
  • Ozuna, T., Sáenz, V.B., Ballysingh, T. A. & Yamamura, E. (February, 2016). Examining Cultural Responsive College Readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Journal of School Leadership, 26, 154-182.  [abstract]
  • Ballysingh, T. A. (2016) Caballeros Making Capital Gains in College: The Role of Social Capital in First-Year Persistence at a Predominantly White 4-Year Institution. In V.B. Sáenz, L. Ponjuán, and J.L. Figueroa (Eds.), Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education: A National Imperative (pp. 152-173). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • Gonzalez, K.G., & Ballysingh, T. (2012). Increasing Latina/o College Completion: Mistakes and Opportunities. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11, 279-290.  [abstract]

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-8), State of Texas (valid)
  • Licensed Professional Classroom Teacher (Kindergarten—Grade 9), State of Illinois (valid)
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