Greg Cumpton joined the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources in 2006, after having worked as a graduate research assistant for the Center beginning in 2004. His research focuses on education policy. Projects he has worked on at RMC include an evaluation of Project Supporting Optimal Scholarship (SOS), an effort to increase the number of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in Advanced Placement courses. He also serves as the Center’s technical liaison with the Texas Education Research Center (ERC) and trains other researchers on using ERC data for their own projects. He became the Center’s Associate Director in December 2014 and Co-Director in 2022.
Since 2005, Mr. Cumpton has worked on the Central Texas Student Futures Project (SFP), which examines high school graduate transitions to college and the workforce. His work on SFP includes serving as a lead author as well as co-author on major research reports. He oversees the analysis of the SFP exit survey of over 10,000 graduating seniors in 30 high schools across eleven Central Texas school districts and the multivariate analysis of longitudinal linked data sets examining the individual and cumulative effect of factors associated with successful postsecondary transitions. During his time at the Center, Mr. Cumpton developed and implements the statistical analysis plans for several different multi-year research projects. Papers co-authored by Mr. Cumpton related to this work have been presented at several national research conferences. In April of 2012, he presented results on the analysis of the cumulative effects of factors related to student postsecondary transitions at the American Education Research Association (AERA).
Mr. Cumpton earned his BS degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his master’s degree and PhD in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His additional research interests include program evaluation, failing schools and school reform, and equal educational opportunity. Dr. Cumpton formerly taught middle and high school mathematics in Texas for five years.