Ryan Wells

UMass Professor Ryan Wells
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration
N172 Furcolo Hall
Ryan Wells serves as a Mentor and co-facilitator of the ISSR Scholars program, in collaboration with Paul Collins (Legal Studies and Political Science). Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration at UMass Amherst, and Director of the University's Center for Student Success Research. 
Dr. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students. As a 2016-17 ISSR Scholar, he successfully developed his Scholars project on “A Spatial Analysis of Opportunity and Inequality in Sub-baccalaureate Education," winning a grant to examine how space and geography influence individuals' opportunities, choices, and decisions to access and complete sub-baccalaureate education at community colleges. 
Recent Publications:
  • Wells, R., Manly, C., Kommers, S. & Kimball, E. (in press.) Narrowed gaps and persistent challenges: Examining rural-nonrural disparities in postsecondary outcomes over time. American Journal of Education.
  • Wells, R., Cuenca, R., Blanco Ramirez, G., Aragón, J. (2018). Geographic mobility and social inequality among Peruvian university students. Higher Education, 75(3), 449-469.
  • Wells, R., Wolniak, G., Engberg, M. & Manly, C. (2016). Socioeconomic disparities in the use of college admission-enhancing strategies among high school seniors from the 1990s to 2000s. Teachers College Record, 118(9), 1-36.

Keywords: college access, student success, inequality, postsecondary education, disability, geography