Andrew Koricich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Boone, North Carolina
Dr. Andrew Koricich is an Assistant Professor with the Higher Education Program in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University, and a Research Fellow with the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama. Influenced by his experiences growing up in a rural, Pennsylvania town, Dr. Koricich’s research interests focus primarily on issues regarding the postsecondary pathways of rural populations, rural-serving postsecondary institutions, and how community factors influence students’ choices and outcomes. He has recently written about the effects of rurality and local economics on the college attendance and choice patterns of rural youth, the role of rural community colleges in modern workforce preparation, and other topics related to postsecondary education for rural residents. Dr. Koricich is beginning to investigate expectation attainment among this population, as well as housing at rural community colleges. Across these research strands, he primarily employs large, quantitative data sets from governmental and proprietary sources for statistical and GIS analyses. He has published several articles and book chapters and has presented at the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and National Rural Education Association. Dr. Koricich’s work has been recognized with several awards, and, in 2012, he was selected as a fellow for the National Data Institute sponsored jointly by the AIR, NCES and NSF. Dr. Koricich has been an invited speaker for several organizations, including the National Scholarship Providers Association, The Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Community College Association, and The Pew Charitable Trusts/Senate Economic Mobility Caucus. His past teaching includes residential and online courses on higher education subjects such as, history, policy analysis, technology, student and program assessment, and finance.
Dr. Koricich earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Information Sciences & Technology, also from Penn State. Before joining the faculty at ASU, he was a faculty member at Texas Tech, and prior to working in academia, Dr. Koricich spent several years as a software development manager in Washington, D.C. His full curriculum vitae can be viewed