Jennifer Pocai is a research analyst for applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Pocai is passionate about removing barriers to postsecondary access and success for underserved student populations. Her research interests include increasing academic outcomes for both parenting and adult students.
Prior to joining IHEP, Pocai worked as an Initiative and Program Manager for Northern Virginia Community College’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate programs. Pathway to the Baccalaureate provides students from traditionally underserved populations multifaceted, individualized support from high school through transfer to a four-year institution. Pocai also serves on George Mason University’s Student Parent Working Group.
Pocai holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Higher Education from George Mason University. During her undergraduate studies, Pocai focused on underserved student populations, taking coursework in social justice and human rights. At the graduate level, her concentration was Student Services with an emphasis on diversity.