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Robert Franco

Dr. Franco is an ecological and demographic anthropologist whose research focuses on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Pacific Islander sociocultural issues. As Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness, he supervises three institutional researchers who conduct quantitative studies of student engagement, learning, and achievement, specifically degree completion and transfer. For Campus Compact ( and NSF SENCER ( he conducts training, technical assistance and research dissemination in 5-10 states per year and provides community college, university, and conference audiences with research-based training designed to improve retention, degree completion, and transfer rates through service-learning, undergraduate research, internships, and authentic public and private community partnerships.

Interests: water, indigenous wisdom, Pacific Islander Diaspora

UN SDG’s: SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2 No Hunger, SDG 3 Good Health, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 6 Clean Water & Sanitation, SDG 11 Sustaianble Cities & Communities, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 14 Life Below Water, SDG 15 Life on Land, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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