Congratulations, Dr. Neil Matkin!


San Jacinto College Central President Dr. H. Neil Matkin will participate in national studies and policy research as a 2009-2010 Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

The College administrator is one of 15 higher education leaders nominated and selected from across the country to serve in this position. As an Associate, he will review and comment on draft papers by the Center, project descriptions and research findings. Some of Dr. Matkin’s previous research regarding college systems includes the study of retention, persistence and affordability.

“I am particularly interested in continuing this research,” Dr. Matkin said. “I am also interested in the further study of the success of community college graduates, broader articulation policy and legislation related to transfer to four-year institutions.”

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization based in San Jose, Calif., that promotes public policies to enhance Americans’ opportunities in the pursuit and achievement of high-quality education and training beyond high school. The Center communicates performance results and key findings to the public; to civic, business and higher education leaders; and to state and federal leaders who are poised to improve higher education policy.

The Center’s Associates Program serves as an advisory tool to test ideas and as a source for policy conversation and advice.

“Neil Matkin’s accomplishments at the state and institutional levels make him an ideal candidate for the Associate Program,” said Joni Finney, vice president of the Center. “The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education will benefit from his continuing contributions to American higher education.”

Dr. Matkin’s first meeting as an Associate is scheduled for October at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Va.