Center for Student Success Research

Scholars in the Center for Student Success Research at UMass Amherst conduct research, evaluation, and organizational assessments that promote access and success in higher education for underrepresented and understudied student populations, including students with disabilities, rural students, and international students.

Employing diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives, our social scientists produce research identifying institutional and societal factors that limit or promote equitable pathways into and through higher education. Based on the findings and recommendations of the center, institutions, policymakers, and other change agents develop policies and practices that promote equity and improve outcomes for the populations they serve.

Working Groups

Rural Students in Postsecondary Education
Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Research Methods in Higher Education

Spotlight Topic

Students With Disabilities In Postsecondary Education

We examine the experiences of students with disabilities enrolled in colleges and graduate schools and make recommendations that the shape policy, practices, and research that affect them.

News and Events

Wells awarded research grant from AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

CSSR receives Campus Climate Improvement Grant from UMass Amherst

Kimball awarded Spencer grant

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