Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Student Success Research

Email iconrswells@educ.umass.edu

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N172 Furcolo


B.S., Iowa State University, 1995
M.A., University of Iowa, 2004
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2008


Ryan Wells is associate of higher education and director of the Center for Student Success Research. He earned his PhD in higher education from the University of Iowa in 2008. Wells primarily investigates questions of college access, equity, and success for underrepresented and/or under-researched groups. Topics for recent research include the ways that socioeconomic status, disability, and geographic location are related to college success. His research has been published in top journals such as The Journal of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Research in Higher Education, and Community College Review. He has also received awards for his research from the Northeastern Education Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). Wells has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, AccessLex Institute, Association for Institutional Research, and Massachusetts Campus Compact. Learn more about Ryan.


  • EDUC 614 - Access and Equity in Higher Education
  • EDUC 621A - Higher Education Finance Policy
  • EDUC 641 - Student Life Research
  • EDUC 676 - Secondary Data Analysis
  • EDUC 717 - Research in Higher Education
  • EDUC 763 - Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education
  • EDUC 844 - History of Higher Education