Portrait of Jacob Adams
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Education, Administration, and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
    MA, Public Policy Studies, Claremont Graduate School
    BA, Political Studies, Pitzer College
  • Research Interests
    Education, Education policy, K–12 Education

Jacob Adams joined Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies as professor in 2006. Adams was appointed executive vice president and provost of CGU in July 2011 and then interim president in January 2017.

His research and teaching focus on the policy context of K–12 education, with particular attention to ways in which governance and finance policies and implementation practices influence school capacity. Adams served as principal investigator on the School Finance Redesign Project, which explored ways in which K–12 education finance can be redesigned to better support student performance. He also served as chair of the National Working Group on Funding Student Learning.

Adams is the editor of Smart Money: Using Educational Resources to Accomplish Ambitious Learning Goals (Harvard Education Press, 2010) and the author of Taking Charge of Curriculum: Teacher Networks and Policy Implementation (Teachers College Press, 2000). He serves on the editorial board of Educational Researcher. Before joining the CGU faculty, Adams was a research associate professor in the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and an associate professor of education and public policy at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, where he also served as director of the graduate program in educational policy and chair of the Peabody College Faculty Council.

Adams has served in numerous policy and advising roles. From early involvement as staff to the Committee on Ways & Means in the U.S. House of Representatives; field organizer for Common Cause; and campaign and administrative staff to Bill Honig, California’s former superintendent of public instruction, Adams became the first associate director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a research center at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

He chaired the boards of directors of the Kentucky Institute for Education Research and Abintra Montessori School (Nashville) and served on the national advisory boards for Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services and the National Governors Association’s Redesigning the American High School Initiative. Adams has been a consultant to the National Commission on Governing America’s Schools, the National Forum on Accountability, National Research Council, and National Education Association.

Smart Money: Using Educational Resources to Accomplish Ambitious Learning Goals. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, Forthcoming.

Co-authored with Michael A. Copland. “Principal Licensing and Leadership for Learning: The Need for Coherent Policy.” Leadership & Policy in Schools 6, no. 2 (2007): 1–43.

Co-authored with Paul T. Hill. “Educational Accountability in a Regulated Market.” Peabody Journal of Education 81, no. 1 (2006): 217–35.

“Education Reform: Overview.” In Encyclopedia of Education 2nd ed., vol. 2, edited by J. W. Guthrie, 689–95. New York: MacMillan Reference USA, 2003.

Taking Charge of Curriculum: Teacher Networks and Curriculum Implementation. New York: Teachers College Press, 2000.

“Resource Equity and Educational Adequacy,” in All Children Can Learn: Lessons from the Kentucky Reform Experience, edited by R. Pankratz and J. Petrosko, 29–45. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Case Study Research
Case Study Practicum
Education Finance & Student Performance
Policy Implementation
Policy, Practice, & High-performing Schools
Public Policy & America’s Schools