Reports and Videos

To learn more about the resulting research from these projects, please visit our Scholarworks page.

Financial Insecurity at UMass Amherst

In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Student Success, the Center for Student Success Research (CSSR) is conducting a Provost-funded study to examine financial insecurity among UMass. Amherst undergraduate students. In pursuing this study in 2020-2021 in particular, we are seeking to learn more about how COVID-19 interruptions interact with existing issues of financial insecurity, and to identify new areas of financial stress, insecurity, or lack of well-being among students, which can inform campus interventions and supports. The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand what financial insecurity looked like for college students in 2020 and the beginning of 2021, to consider implications and future impact, and to provide recommendations. A preliminary report of immediate needs was released in January of 2021. The full report will be forthcoming in Summer 2021.

First Generation Students at the University of Massachusetts

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Center for Student Success Research (CSSR) led a mixed methods study of first generation students (First Gen) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in collaboration with the First Gen steering committee led by Carolyn Bassett and the Office of Student Success. The study explored First Gen student populations on campus, their experiences, and strategies to better support their success. The final report is now available.

Disability and Higher Education - Video Series

The Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducted a year-long study of disability-related issues in public institutions in Massachusetts, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The study focused on the ecology of college-going and in-college experiences for students with disabilities, and particularly students with intellectual disability. Along the way, we learned valuable lessons and gathered important findings. To share some of these, we have created a four-part video series. 

 

Disability Online: The Digital Lives and Navigation Strategies of Young Adults with Disabilities

 

 

 

What Encourages College-going among Students with Disabilities? The Key Roles of Messaging and Support

 

 

 

Measuring Disability on Campus

 

 

 

Developing Inclusive Instrumentation to Support the Participation of Individuals with Intellectual Disability

 

 

Disability and Higher Education - Report Series

The Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducted a year-long study of disability-related issues in public institutions in Massachusetts, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The study focused on the ecology of college-going and in-college experiences for students with disabilities, and particularly students with intellectual disability. Along the way, we learned valuable lessons and gathered important findings. To share some of these, we have created a six-part series of Issues Briefs, each of which focuses on some aspect of disability and higher education.