Craig Hayward is an educational researcher who is embedded in the California Community College system through his position as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Bakersfield College. His work focuses on clarifying the centrality of structure and sequence completion in successful student journeys, both for developmental sequences (e.g., English, math, and ESL) and for entire program pathways. He also concentrates on clarity of design, insight, and communication in order to empower change agents and to scale the innovation that drives improved student outcomes. As a senior consulting researcher for the RP Group for California Community Colleges, Hayward has led or contributed to a number of statewide initiatives, including the Student Success Scorecard, the Basic Skills Cohort Progress Tracker, and the Transfer Velocity Cohort Report. He was previous director of planning, research, and accreditation at Irvine Valley College and has also taught statistics, research methods, and psychology. Hayward received his PhD in human development from the University of California, Irvine.