Catherine H. Augustine

Pittsburgh Staff, Augustine
Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in education, University of Michigan; B.A. in political philosophy, Michigan State University

Media Resources

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Catherine Augustine is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and research quality assurance manager for RAND Education. Her work focuses on improving educational outcomes for students in large urban school districts. She leads an evaluation on the impact of six urban districts' summer learning programs on elementary students. She is also part of a team evaluating the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's effort to improve teaching effectiveness in four urban sites across the country. Augustine has evaluated the impact of policy coherence on school leadership. She has assisted the Army to develop mechanisms to recruit and retain Captains in the Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve. She has also studied school district governance, leadership in arts education, human resource development for the Department of Defense, and the particular challenges facing middle schools. Augustine has expertise in direct implementation of reforms, in addition to their evaluation. From 2001 to 2004, Augustine was part of a team that developed and implemented a new K-12 school system for Qatar. Augustine received her Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating summer learning programs in six school districts throughout the United States
  • Assessing the impact of reforms intended to improve teaching
  • Evaluating efforts to improve school leadership
  • Supporting a commission established to recommend changes to the Los Angeles Unified School District's governance system
  • Assessing arts education partnerships

Selected Publications

Catherine H. Augustine et al., Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-885-WF), 2009

Susan J. Bodilly and Catherine H. Augustine, Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination, RAND Corporation (MG-702-WF), 2008

Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548-QATAR), 2007

Dina G. Levy et al., Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Organizational Restructuring in the DoD: Implications for Education and Training Infrastructure, RAND Corporation (MG-153-OSD), 2006

Catherine H. Augustine, Diana Epstein, and Mirka Vuollo, Governing Urban School Districts: Efforts in Los Angeles to Effect Change, RAND Corporation (TR-428-LA), 2006

Edward Keating et al., The Effects of A-76 Cost Comparisons on DoD Civilian Education and Training, RAND Corporation (DB-442-OSD), 2006

Susan M. Gates et al., Ensuring the Quality and Productivity of Education and Professional Development Activities: A Review of Approaches and Lessons for DoD, RAND Corporation (MR-1257-OSD), 2004

Jaana Juvonen et al., Focus on the Wonder Years: Challenges Facing the American Middle School, RAND Corporation (MG-139-EDU), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: City News Service, Los Angeles; KCBS-AM San Francisco; Los Angeles Daily News; News Journal DE; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Santa Monica Star

Commentary: Education Week


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    Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

    Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.

    Oct 14, 2015 Education Week