William Trent is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research on educational inequality has focused on school desegregation effects at the K-12 and postsecondary levels, benefits and consequences, social organization of school, status attainment research, co- and extracurricular activities, and comparative education. Dr. Trent is a member of the Higher Learning Commission and the Higher Education Policy Advisory Board, and serves on the research advisory committee of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist and served as co-chair of the Committee on Educational Excellence and Testing Equity. His publications include works on school desegregation, access, success and desegregation in higher education, teacher education and equity issues in assessment.
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