Constance Iloh is an advanced Ph.D Candidate in the Rossier School of Education’s Urban Education Policy program and Research Assistant in the Pullias Center for Higher Education under the direction of Dr. William G. Tierney. Her research addresses two primary areas: (1) equity, access, and the experiences of underserved student groups in postsecondary education, and (2) privatization in higher education. She currently focuses on students and practices within the spaces of for-profit colleges and universities. She is especially interested in the high number of low-income students, working adults, and students of color disproportionately enrolled in for-profit colleges and universities. Her dissertation explores the nature of Black student participation in for-profit higher education sector. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at USC, Constance earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Wake Forest University.
Constance has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles concerning pressing issues facing 21st century higher education and also presented her research at numerous education conferences in the U.S and abroad. Most recently Constance gave an invited lecture at the prestigious UCLA Hammer Museum on “the Privatization of Education” and served as a guest panelist for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans’ discussion on college affordability. In 2013 Constance was awarded the first ever USC Academic Trojan Award for her exemplary work in scholarship, research, and academic pursuit in the field of higher education. In 2014 she was nominated and selected as a recipient of the 2014 USC Remarkable Woman Award.