Faculty Grants

The exemplary work of Rady School professors was recognized in the form of two prestigious grants. Terry August was honored for contributions to the information systems discipline, and Sally Sadoff received a grant to study the use of incentives to improve community college effectiveness.

Rady School Faculty Sally Sadoff Awarded Grant to Study Community College Effectiveness Incentives

Rady School Faculty Sally Sadoff Awarded Grant to Study Community College Effectiveness Incentives

Rady School of Management Assistant Professor of Economics and Strategic Management Sally Sadoff recently received an over $300,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to study the use of incentives to improve community college effectiveness. For the study, Sadoff is partnered with Assistant Professor of Economics Andy Brownback of the University of Arkansas to design and test interventions, built on insights from behavioral economics, to increase the persistence and graduation rates of community college students.

Community colleges can play a critical role in training highly-skilled workers and provide a pathway to four-year colleges, especially for low-income or minority students,” said Sadoff. “However, to become more effective, community colleges must increase their currently low levels of student achievement and persistence – which is the purpose of this research.

Sadoff and Brownback have partnered with Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech), Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 170,000 students annually.

For the study, Sadoff and Brownback designed incentives that target performance and persistence that are simple to administer and easily scalable. They will use a randomized controlled trial to test the effects of incentive-pay for instructors, and the effect of combining instructor incentives with performance-based summer scholarships for students.

The year-long study will include approximately 140 instructors and 9,000 students. They will measure short-term outcomes using scores from a standardized exam, since these scores will determine the incentive payments to students and instructors. Additionally, they will measure credit accumulation during the program and student retention in the semesters that follow the program. In the longer term, they will track the post-program effects on future course enrollment, credit accumulation, transfer to a four-year institution and final degree attainment at any institution.

Professor Terrence August Receives ISS Early Career Award

Professor Terrence August Receives ISS Early Career Award

Terrence (Terry) August, associate professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations at the Rady School of Management, recently received the Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award from the Information Systems Society (ISS). The award recognizes and honors early career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

Award recipients were considered by the awards committee on the impact of their publications on theory, research, and practice; leadership reflected by editorial appointments; and intellectual contributions that provide a platform for future success.

In addition to associate professor August, Prasanna Tambe of New York University and Jianqing Chen of the University of Texas at Dallas.

The spirit of the award is to honor the memory of the Late Professor Sandra A. Slaughter who was tireless in her pursuit of recognizing the potential leaders of the "next generation" of information systems academics.

About Prof. August

August's research broadly spans information systems and operations management with current interests in the economics of network software, production and service management, pricing and policy associated with network goods, and the interaction of digital piracy and security risk. Currently, he is investigating the control of information security risk using economic incentives.

August has co-founded two information technology start-up companies and worked in research and development and operations for the Clorox Company. He has consulted for Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline, Herbalife and Time Warner Cable.

He received a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER award. It will provide $530,000 in research funding and was granted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, under the Trustworthy Computing program.

August received his Ph.D. in the field of operations, information & technology from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 2007.

For more information on August's research, go to: http://rady.ucsd.edu/faculty/directory/august/

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