Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Director of the Center for Student Success Research
Higher Education

Email iconrswells@educ.umass.edu

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


Ryan Wells is Director of the Center for Student Success Research and Professor of higher education. He 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. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Ford Foundation, AccessLex Institute, Association for Institutional Research, and Massachusetts Campus Compact. His research has been published in top journals such as The Journal of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Research in Higher Education, and American Journal of Education.  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
  • Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration