Dr. Olcay Yavuz completed his doctoral studies at Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. During his dissertation study, Dr. Yavuz’s dissertation research study “Improving College Readiness, Pursuit, Access, and Persistence of Disadvantaged Students” has been nominated for the 2014 CPED Dissertation in Practice Award. He used a longitudinal quantitative research design to investigate how participation in a comprehensive school counseling program affects underrepresented minority students' college readiness, pursuit, access, and persistence. Prior to that, he received a master of Science in School Counseling and a bachelor of science in teaching mathematics and science education. Dr. Yavuz holds K-12 teaching, professional counseling, supervision and director licenses. After working as a high school mathematics teacher, Dr. Yavuz transitioned to student services as a professional school counselor and currently, he serves as the director of school counseling services at New Jersey. His research focuses on improving underrepresented students' college readiness, access through implementing comprehensive school counseling programs. As a scholar practitioner researcher, Dr. Yavuz also works with urban public schools and conducts professional development workshops to help schools design, deliver and lead research based student services that focus on improving student outcomes. Currently, as a practitioner researcher, he is working on the action research to implement the comprehensive school counseling program at large scale in multiple public urban schools. He has presented at numerous international, national, state and district conferences that include AERA, College Board, ACES, ASCA, NJCSA, AMTNJ, NJSBE, NJSCA and NJACAC.
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