Sung-Woo Cho

Sung-Woo Cho profile picture

Biography

Dr. Cho is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's College of Education, where he provides guidance on data science initiatives for the Dean's Office. He also serves as a senior researcher and lead for digital transformations at Abt Associates, where he develops capacity-building in machine learning applications for projects across the company. His main areas of interest are in artificial intelligence applications in policy decision-making, research design and evaluation, and reforms in higher education, particularly within community colleges. He has published numerous papers on pathways to employment in workforce training programs designed for community college students, as well as barriers to success for these students, including a study on developmental education that has been cited more than 1,300 times. He also has significant experience in the individual-level administrative data that these federal and state programs generate.

Dr. Cho created and oversees the Abt Data Science Fellowship, a company-wide initiative that trains employees in machine learning programming and applies these skills to project work. He also helps spearhead initiatives to understand and disseminate applications using artificial intelligence, and is involved in recruitment and management efforts to grow the company's data science capacity.

He has previously served as a lecturer in applied statistics at The George Washington University and in research writing at Columbia University.

Education

Ph.D., 2011, Columbia University
Major: Economics and Education
Dissertation Advisors: Tom Bailey, Hank Levin

B.A., 2004, Stanford University
Majors: Public Policy, Economics
Honors Thesis Advisor: Bob Hall

Publications

Cho, S.W. (Forthcoming). Disability Employment Initiative project implementation and impact evaluation. Washington, DC: Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor.

Cho, S.W., Martinson, K., Glosser, A., & Loya, K. (Forthcoming). Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in three colleges: Career pathways intermediate outcomes report. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Martinson, K., Cho, S.W., Glosser, A., & Gardiner, K. (2018). Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in three colleges: Implementation and early impact report, OPRE Report No. 2018-87. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Gardiner, K., Rolston, H., Cho, S.W., Fein, D. (2017). Pima Community College Pathways to Healthcare Program: Implementation and early impact report, OPRE Report No. 2017-10. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Cho, S.W. (2016). The tension between access and success: Challenges and opportunities for community colleges in the United States. In M. Shah, A. Bennett, & E. Southgate (Eds.), Widening higher education participation: A global perspective. Oxfordshire, UK: Elsevier Ltd.

Cho, S.W. (2016). "An Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)" and "Using a Quasi-Experimental Design to Evaluate the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)."  In SAGE Publications' Research Methods Video Collection. London, UK: SAGE Publications.

Jaggars, S.S., Hodara, M., Cho, S.W., & Xu, D. (2015). Three accelerated developmental education programs: Features, student outcomes, and implications. Community College Review, 43, 3-26.

Cho, S.W., & Karp, M.M. (2013). Student success courses and educational outcomes at Virginia community colleges. Community College Review, 41, 86-103.

Brunner, E., Cho, S.W., & Reback, R. (2012). Mobility, housing markets, and schools: Estimating the effects of inter-district choice programs. Journal of Public Economics, 96, 604-614.

Cho, S.W., Kopko, E., Jenkins, D., & Jaggars, S.S. (2012). New evidence of success for community college remedial English students: Tracking the outcomes of students in the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College, Community College Research Center.

Jenkins, D. & Cho, S.W. (2012). Get with the program: Accelerating community college students' entry into and completion of programs of study. New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College, Community College Research Center.

Bailey, T. & Cho, S.W. (2010). Developmental education in community colleges. New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College, Community College Research Center. Prepared for the White House Summit on Community Colleges.

Bailey, T., Jeong, D.W., & Cho, S.W. (2010). Referral, enrollment, and completion in developmental education sequences in community colleges. Economics of Education Review, 29, 255-270.

Zeidenberg, M., Cho, S.W., & Jenkins, D. (2010). Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST): New evidence of effectiveness. New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College, Community College Research Center