Center for Student Success Research


Working Groups

Working Groups


rural students in postsecondary education

This group aims to understand rural students' educational trajectories and experiences, from K-12, into college, and beyond. Part of this investigation requires a better understanding of the rural-serving postsecondary institutions that these students most often attend. Additionally, understanding rural college students' movement into, through, and out of college requires insight into the rural contexts in which these processes exist. Thus, our work also includes examination of place, geography, and student mobility. 

Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

The Disability in Higher Education [DHE] research group undertakes rigorous empirical work that explores the postsecondary trajectories and experiences of students with disabilities. Based on these interests, we also examine the ways in which the behaviors and perceptions of students without disabilities, faculty members, staff members, institutional leaders, and policymakers shape the impact students with disabilities. Additionally, the DHE research group utilizes empirical research to make recommendations that shape policy, practice, and research design related to students with disabilities in higher education.


Transnational Students in Postsecondary Education

This group conducts scholarship on the educational trajectories of students with a transnational background, namely, immigrants, children of immigrants, and international students. Given heightened international migration and the internationalization efforts of higher education, transnational students are increasingly enrolling in U.S. universities. We are interested in understanding the interplay of identity (e.g., transnational, race, class), campus climate and culture, and opportunity structures on these students’ experiences and outcomes. Our inquiry is grounded in the broad question: How can we engage, critique, and reframe traditional theories/ frameworks to ensure they reflect transnational student diversity and pathways towards college access and success?