Norma A. Herrera
Norma A. Herrera is a first-generation and first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. And now, as a Powers Fellow, she will be able to make the most of her graduate studies and research.
“I am grateful for the freedom the fellowship has given me to focus on my school work. Being a Powers Fellow is allowing me to transition into graduate-level work without having to complicate the process by taking on outside employment,” she said.
She is currently participating in a year-long policy research project, looking at higher education productivity, which is being led by UT’s Vice Provost of Higher Education Policy and Research, Dr. Harrison Keller. As a contributor to this project, she is helping to facilitate UT’s strategic initiative to “increase productivity and maintain accountability to the State of Texas… and inform policy deliberations at the state and national levels.”
Norma is interested in domestic social and economic policies, particularly those that pertain to structural inequalities in education and employment. This interest led her to Dr. Keller’s project due to the opportunity to learn about “the effects on quality of higher education imposed by funding constraints, institutional goals, and the policies which form the context within which they both operate.”
Norma’s contributions to the entire institution will surely set a strong path for her graduate studies here at UT, and the implications of that research will provide clarity on some of the most significant issues of higher education.