Ryan Wells

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration
N172 Furcolo Hall
“A Spatial Analysis of Opportunity and Inequality in Sub-baccalaureate Education”
Dr. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students. As an ISSR Scholar, Dr. Wells will develop a proposal for funding that examines how space and geography influence individuals' opportunities, choices, and decisions to access and complete sub-baccalaureate education at community colleges.
Recent Publications:
  • Wells, R., Wolniak, G., Engberg, M. & Manly, C. (in press). Socioeconomic disparities in the use of college admission-enhancing strategies among high school seniors from the 1990s to 2000s. Teachers College Record.   
  • Wells, R., Bills, D. & Devlin, M. (2014). The work-to-college transition: Postsecondary expectations and enrolment for young men and women in the US labour force. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 66(2), 113-134.
  • Wells, R. & Lynch, C. (2012). Delayed entry: The influences of family income, parental education, and parental occupation on the college transition. Journal of Higher Education, 83(5), 671-697.

Keywords: community college, geography, space, inequality, postsecondary education, sub-baccalaureate