Russell W. Rumberger
Director, California Dropout Research Project
Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara,
and Director of
the UC Linguistic Minority Research
Institute (UC LMRI).
Rumberger received his Ph.D. in Education and a M.A. in Economics from Stanford University
in 1978, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1971.
A faculty member at UCSB since 1987, Rumberger, has published widely in several areas of education:
education and work; the schooling of disadvantaged students, particularly school dropouts and
linguistic minority students; school effectiveness; and education policy.
Rumberger has been conducting research on school dropouts for the past 25 years and has written
over 27 research papers and essays on school dropouts. He also served as a member of the U.S.
Department of Education's National Institute of Statistical Sciences/Education Statistics
Services Institute Task Force on Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Indicators (2004) and
as a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Increasing High School Students'
Engagement and Motivation to Learn (2003).
For the past eight years he has served as Director of the UC LMRI, a University of California
systemwide research unit charged with promoting research on California's large and increasing
linguistic minority population. In his role as Director, Rumberger coordinates UC LMRI's
$200,000 annual research program, serves as editor-in-chief of the Institute's quarterly
newsletter, which is distributed to a mailing list of 3,500 researchers, educators, and
policymakers, and oversees the development of UC LMRI's
which now attracts more than 30,000 unique visitors per month.