Texas Tech University

Andrew Koricich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: andrew.koricich@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-1617

Office: Education 313

Dr. Andrew Koricich is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Texas Tech University. Influenced by his experiences growing up in a rural, Pennsylvania town, Dr. Koricich’s research interests focus primarily on issues regarding the postsecondary pathways of rural populations and how community factors influence students’ choices and outcomes. He has recently written about the effects of rurality and local economics on college attendance and choice, the role of rural community colleges in modern workforce preparation, and the potential transition challenges faced by student veterans from rural communities. Dr. Koricich is beginning to investigate major selection and STEM participation among this population, and he primarily employs large, quantitative data sets to examine these issues. He has published several articles and book chapters and has presented at the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and National Rural Education Association. Dr. Koricich’s work has been recognized with several awards, and, in 2012, he was selected as a fellow for the National Data Institute sponsored jointly by the Association for Institutional Research, NCES and NSF. Dr. Koricich has been an invited speaker for several organizations, including the National Scholarship Providers Association, The Ford Family Foundation, and the Oregon Community College Association, and has been interviewed for national education media outlets. In his time at Texas Tech, he has taught residential and online higher education courses on policy analysis, funding, technology, and student and program assessment.  Prior to transitioning to academia, Dr. Koricich spent several years working as a software development manager in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Koricich


  • B.S., Information Sciences & Technology – Pennsylvania State University
  • M.B.A. – Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., Higher Education – Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Expertise

  • College access, choice, and success for rural populations
  • Community effects on postsecondary pathways
  • Rural community colleges
  • Public policy
  • Quantitative methods
  • Large-scale data analysis

Selected Publications

Koricich, A. (2015). The role of rural community colleges in educating a Twenty-First Century workforce (pp. 32-52). In S. J. Jones & D. L. Jackson (Eds.), Examining the Impact of Community Colleges in the Global Workforce. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Chen, X. & Koricich, A. (2014). Reaching out to remote places: A discussion of technology and the future of distance education in rural America. In E-Learn 2014 Proceedings: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Koricich, A. (2013). Outcomes instead of outputs: Using a New Public Service approach to humanize “No Child Left Behind”. American Journal of Education Forum. Available at http://www.ajeforum.com/?p=573.

Koricich, A. (2013). Multimedia discussions through VoiceThread. The Community College Enterprise, 19(1), 76-79.

Koricich, A. (2013). Using technology to help rural students through the college admissions process. American Journal of Education Forum. Available at http://www.ajeforum.com/?p=385.

Koricich, A. (2012). Seeing “rural” as a differentiated space, American Journal of Education Forum. Available at http://www.ajeforum.com/?p=316.