Professor Howard ranks among the top academics in education

WASHINGTON – Howard University Professor of Guidance Psychology and Author Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. was recognized among the country’s top academics in education in the Edu-Scholar 2022 public influence rankings. The annual list ranks the top 200 scholars based on their influence on academic research and public debate, as evidenced by old and new media.

The ranking aims to recognize and encourage academics who are successful in fusing scholarship, policy and practice. An academic and an advocate for education, Toldson’s ranking is emblematic of his long-standing efforts to achieve it. The author of numerous publications, Toldson’s 2019 book, “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People,” explores how the most currents used to make decisions about black students are uninformed and offer alternative ways of approaching the use of data in the pursuit of educational equity.

“Today, I work with school districts to help them understand data and how data can be used responsibly to understand issues of racial injustice and equity in their schools,” Toldson said. “I also do a lot in STEM education, working with HBCUs in particular to ensure that funding for STEM education and research is equitable. “

For five years, Toldson was president of the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the education of under-represented students. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Negro Education and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Most recently, he was appointed National Director of Education. innovation and research for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Toldson described his work with the NAACP as “the epitome of nationwide academic activism with a hyper-local imprint.” To tackle the biggest challenges in our education system, Toldson will oversee national strategies to harness the power of the 2,200 local branches of the NAACP and 2.2 million voters to empower black learners.

The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings is in its 12th year of publication and is created by the Director of Educational Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Education Week blogger Frederick M. Hess. Ranking metrics are formulated using nine publicly available sources including Google Scholar, Amazon, Twitter, books, programs, press mentions, web mentions, newspaper mentions, and corporate mentions. ‘Congress recordings.

Learn more about the Edu-Scholar 2022 public influence rankings here.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprising 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 degree programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Fellow, three Marshall Fellows, four Rhodes Fellows, 12 Truman Fellows, 25 Pickering Fellows and over 165 Fulbright Fellows. Howard also produces more African American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit

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