James Degnan, Ph.D.
Dr. James Degnan was the Senior Director for Measurement and Institutional Research at Temple University. Now retired, Dr. Degnan continues to serve as a consultant to the University. Dr. Degnan developed and implemented programs used to assess student progress. He directed studies in the areas of applied statistics, psychometrics, program evaluation, educational research, testing, and public policy, and provided statistical analyses for university projects. Dr. Degnan served as an evaluator on several school reform initiatives including: Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (NSF), Restructuring Urban Schools for School Success (Pew), Philadelphia Standards Project—Mathematics (City of Philadelphia), North Philadelphia Community Compact (Pew), Capstone Program for Philadelphia Teachers and Students (City of Philadelphia and Temple University), Mathematics Academy for Science and Technology (Temple University), Early Mathematics Advising Program (Consortium of Pennsylvania Colleges), Statewide Grade 12/13 Mathematics Standards Project (Pew), Calculus on the Web Project (NSF), Policy Advisory Committees (Temple University), and Philadelphia School District Assessment Initiatives (Philadelphia School District Office of Assessment). He has served on a working group for the Governor’s Commission on College and Career Success (Pennsylvania), on an advisory committee on methodology for the Pennsylvania Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL), and on the College Ready Committee of the Mayor's Office of Education (Philadelphia). Dr. Degnan currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia – a program designed to provide a pathway to college for middle school students from low income families.