Russell Rumberger is professor of education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara and former vice provost for Education Partnerships, University of California Office of the President. A faculty member at UCSB since 1987, Professor Rumberger has published widely in several areas of education: education and work; the schooling of disadvantaged students, particularly school dropouts and linguistic minority students; school effectiveness and education policy. He recently completed a book, Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It fswdfxfyvdwquc , published by Harvard University Press in the fall of 2011. He currently directs the California Dropout Research Project , which is producing a series of reports and policy briefs about the dropout problem in California and a state policy agenda to improve California’s high school graduation rate. Professor Rumberger received a PhD in education and a MA in economics from Stanford University and a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.