Research Methods in Higher Education

Researchers in the CSSR examine and apply a breadth of qualitative and quantitative methods within the field of higher education research and beyond to support student success. By promoting critical engagement and application of different methods and techniques, we support a more robust engagement with data that can lead to more informed interventions, policies, and scholarship.

Recent presentations:

Bettencourt, G. M., & George Mwangi, C. A.(2017, November). Developing the “scholar” in scholar-practitioner. Using qualitative interviews to support students on campus. Workshop presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region I Conference in Springfield, MA.

Selected publications:

Kimball, E., & Loya, K.  I. (Eds.) (2017). Using Qualitative Research to Promote Organizational Intelligence. New Directions for Institutional Research: No. 174. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bettencourt, G. M., Malaney, V. K., Kidder, C. J., & George Mwangi, C. A. (2017). Examining scholar-practitioner identity in peer-led research communities in higher education programs. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 2, 95-113. Retrieved from

Manly, C. & Wells, R. (2015). Reporting the use of multiple imputation for missing data in higher education research. Research in Higher Education, 56(4), 397-409.

Stage, F. K., & Wells, R. S. (2014). New Scholarship in Critical Quantitative Research–Part 1: Studying Institutions in Context. New Directions for Institutional Research: No. 158. San Francisco,  CA: Jossey-Bass.