Patricia Steele, PhD, is Founder and Principal Consultant of Higher Ed Insight. She speaks, writes and conducts research on college access and success. She has served several nonprofit entities as a Research Consultant and has managed major projects focused on college access and completion. Patricia’s focus is often on understanding the needs of low-income populations and expanding educational and employment opportunities to disadvantaged youth and adults. She earned her PhD in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in counseling and family studies from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston.