Karen Arnold studies the connections between education and adult life. Her research follows “best case” groups of students across the transitions from high school to college to career: high school valedictorians, Rhodes Scholars, and low income students of color from innovative high schools. Arnold’s work centers on the ways in which individual, organizational, and social factors come together to perpetuate inequality in individuals’ educational opportunities, higher education experiences, and subsequent life chances.
Arnold also studies educational conditions and interventions designed to advance human development and social equality. Her practice-oriented work takes place in community-based college access organizations in the U.S. and at universities in China and elsewhere around the world. Arnold’s teaching draws from her professional experience as a dean of students and her scholarly expertise in developmental theory and adult learning. At the Ph.D. level, this means courses in which doctoral students discover and follow their own interests, connect to their peers, and develop the tools to become creators of knowledge. For Master’s students, courses connect theory, professional applications, and personal experience to form them as reflective practitioners of higher education.
Arnold, K.D., Subotnik, R.F., & Ross, M. (2011). Longitudinal studies of creativity. In M.A. Runco and S.R. Pritzer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Creativity (2nd Ed.), (pp. 62-67). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Arnold, K.D. (2009). Valedictorians. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE .
Youn, T.I.K., & Arnold, K.D. (2004). Pathways to prominence: Explaining contours of career hierarchy of American Rhodes Scholars. In W. Ilchman, A. Ilchman, and M. Tolar (Eds.). The lucky few and the worthy many: Scholarship competitions and the world’s future leaders. (pp. 127-148). Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press.
Subotnik, R.F., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Arnold, K.D. (2003). Beyond Bloom: Revisiting environmental factors that enhance or impede talent development. In J. H. Borland (Ed.), Rethinking gifted education. (pp. 227-238). New York: Teachers College Press.
Arnold, K.D. (2002). Developmental issues. In A. Aleman & K. A. Renn (Eds.), Women in Higher Education. (pp. 297-302). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Publishers.
Arnold, K.D. (2002). Student success. In J.F. Forest and K. Kinser (Eds.), Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia. (pp. 631-636). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Publishers.
Subotnik, R.S., & Arnold, K.D. (2000). Longitudinal research: Applying predictive validity to conceptions of giftedness. In K. Heller, F. Monks, R. Sternberg, & R. Subotnik (Eds.). International Handbook of Research and Development of Giftedness and Talent (Second Edition). NY: Elsevier.
Arnold, K.D., & Youn, T.I.K. (2006). Generating leaders in an age of diversity: Fifty years of American Rhodes Scholars. Final report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Youn, T.I.K., & Arnold, K.D. (2006). Final report to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Grant #2001-6554).
Arnold, K.D., & Youn, T.I.K. (2003). Final report to the Spencer Foundation. (Grant #200100034).
Arnold, K.D., Lu, E., & Armstrong, K. (2012, November.) The developmental nature of college readiness: Reframing college readiness from an ecological systems perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Las Vegas, NV.
Arnold, K.D., Wartman, K.L., Brown, P.G., Gismondi, A., Pesce, J.R., & Stanfield, D. (2012, November). Capturing the elusive: Accounting for study Attrition and complex trajectories in longitudinal study of low-income high school graduates. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Las Vegas, NV.
Youn, T.I.K., Arnold, K.D., & Shang, Y. (2012, November). Of unequal advantages in the American meritocracy: Higher education and leadership attainment among the best and the brightest. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Las Vegas, NV
Arnold, K.D. (2012, August 8). Lessons from the Big Picture Longitudinal Study. Invited paper presented at the Big Picture Learning Big Bang conference. Providence, RI.
Arnold, K.D. (2012, July 18-21). Panelist and roundtable presentations: Learning objectives, student development and measuring outcomes; Using qualitative assessment for continuous program and faculty improvement; Teaching adaptive skills for lifelong learning and professional versatility. Zeferino Vaz School for Higher Education. Center for Advanced Studies, University of Campinas and Sao Paulo Research Foundation. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Arnold, K.D., & Castleman, B.L. (2012, April). The forgotten summer: Does the offer of college counseling in the summer after high school graduation mitigate attrition among college-intending students? Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Partnership for Education Access. Chicago, IL.
Zhu, Hong, & Arnold, K.D. (2010, November). Understanding and promoting student engagement and academic achievement in Asian universities: A study of Beijing college students. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Indianapolis, IN.
Arnold, K.D. & Strange, C. (2010, April). Teaching from the Art. Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association. Boston.
Arnold, K.D., Brown, S., Cronin, K., Knuth-Bouracee, M. & Theroux, R.D. (2010, April). Hooking up: The campus conversations project. Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association. Boston.
Castleman, B.L , Arnold, K.D., Wartman, K.L., Fleming, S. , Perez, C., & Fraser, D., Jr. (2009, November). Stemming the Summer Flood: An experimental study of college counselor intervention the summer after high school graduation on low income students’ college enrollment. . Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Vancouver, BC.
Arnold, K.D., Wartman, K.L., Castleman, B.L. , Napier, P. Fleming, S. & Deanda, M.A. (2008, November). The real story: Validity in longitudinal studies of college access. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Jacksonville, FL.
Arnold, K.D., Fleming, S., Castleman, B.L. , & Deanda, M.A., Wartman, K.L., & Price, P. (2008, March). The summer flood: The gap between college admission and matriculation among low income students. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.