Dr. Allison Kanny joined Enrollment Management in December 2016 as Director of Enrollment Research and Special Projects. In this role, Allison manages data collection, analysis, and reporting on a wide variety of enrollment management issues related to undergraduate admission, financial aid, student registration and retention, and career & professional development. She is responsible for conceptualizing and executing analyses that contribute to the recruitment and enrollment of new students; retention of current students; and the assessment of alumni post-graduation outcomes.

Dr. Kanny holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to this, she earned a M.A. in Urban Education with a clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. Allison completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College in Diplomacy and World Affairs.

Dr. Kanny’s research agenda is focused on issues of college access, choice, and transition via the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Specifically, her research has examined influencing factors in the predisposition, search, and choice phases of the college choice process; the impact of pre-college academic coursework on college engagement and academic outcomes; and determinants of college major choice, among other topics. Allison’s research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, New Directions for Community Colleges, The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, New Directions for Youth Development, and The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Dr. Kanny holds memberships in ASHE, AERA, and ACPA. She is also an elected Directorate Board Member of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, and has served in various capacities as part of her membership including Chair of the Online Learning Team as well as Vice Chair, Evaluation Coordinator, and faculty for the annual ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute. Prior to her work in higher education, Allison was a middle- and high-school teacher in Southern California.

Outside of work, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean, and their friends and family.

Meet the Enrollment Research and Special Projects Team