Dayna Catropa

Dayna Catropa is Associate Director, Research Programs, in the Office of the President at Harvard University.  Throughout her career, Dayna has blended her business and education background, dedicating herself to helping organizations make decisions that are both economically and educationally sound.

At Harvard, Dayna focuses on strategic research and programs.  She also co-teaches a new course called Strategy and Competition in Higher Education.

 Dayna earned a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Most Recent Articles

May 12, 2013
This year’s Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition winners were announced last week. 
May 12, 2013
This year’s Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition winners were announced last week. 
April 24, 2013
In general, using “X” in a name denotes some kind of experimentation. Think edX. That letter, and what it represents, is one of the reasons it is such an exciting time to be involved in higher education.
April 8, 2013
An important trend is worth mentioning as part of the context to last week’s post. One of the factors contributing to the record high number of applications and record low acceptance rates is that more prospective students are applying to more schools.
April 1, 2013
Institutions are announcing their admissions data, and it’s another year of record highs and lows. With these record highs and lows revealing themselves in the form of acceptance and rejection letters and emails, what does this say about the current state of higher education?
March 10, 2013
Entrepreneurial ideas related to education have flourished of late, and business plan competitions can surface some of these initial ideas. Here are eight education-related start-up ideas appearing on several lists of finalists. 
March 4, 2013
When we asked people that have been working in higher ed for more than a year for advice to people entering in similar positions to them, we received a wide variety of suggestions.  In this post we’ll share what administrators (who represented 36% of the 464 survey respondents, respectively) would advise those just entering a similar role. 
February 24, 2013
By now it seems clear that MOOCs can generate vast quantities of data, from course completion rates, to assessments, to student experiences. 
February 18, 2013
Remember printed sets of encyclopedias?  Thick, heavy books enlightening us about everything from aardvarks to zoology while taking up an entire bookshelf or two. As consumers of facts we now have two main online encyclopedias: Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica online, each offering a distinct value proposition. And there might be some market confusion between them.
February 10, 2013
In the aggregate, higher ed fund raising seems to be rebounding.


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