Andrew Koricich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Boone, North Carolina

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Dr. Andrew Koricich is an Associate Professor & Program Director for 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 and rural-serving postsecondary institutions, and how community factors influence students’ choices and outcomes. He has recently written about the effects of rurality college attendance and choice patterns, the challenges facing rural regional universities, and other topics related to postsecondary education for rural residents. Dr. Koricich is also examining the effects of driving distance on student finances and outcomes. Across these research strands, he primarily employs large, quantitative data sets from governmental and proprietary sources. His work has been published in journals such as Review of Higher Education and book chapters in series such as Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research and New Directions for Higher Education.

Dr. Koricich has been interviewed for stories in outlets such as NPR, The Atlantic, USA Today, The Hechinger Report, and German Public Radio. In addition to external consulting, he has been invited to speak to numerous organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges & Universities, National Scholarship Providers Association, the Oregon Community College Association, and The Pew Charitable Trusts/Senate Economic Mobility Caucus. Organizations interested in having Dr. Koricich engage them on rural postsecondary education issues can contact him at koricichma@appstate.edu.

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 here.

  • Work
    • Appalachian State University
  • Education
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Pennsylvania State University