ASSET Research Group

Analytics for Student Success and Equity Transformation (ASSET) is a group of researchers, faculty, staff, and administrators from several colleges, schools, and offices at the University of Michigan investigating questions related to equity and student success. The aim of ASSET is to serve the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor community by providing analysis that informs decisions about policies and practices that impact equitable student success, as well as to highlight issues that warrant attention.

The questions ASSET investigates are of particular interest to the provost, program directors, faculty members, and others in the university community. The investigations use institutional data from the U-M Data Warehouse, including the Learning Analytics Data Architecture (LARC) data set, response data from surveys (e.g., the U-M Asks You (UMAY) survey), and interviews of students.

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Send questions or research requests to: [email protected] or Claire Boeck, [email protected].

ASSET Members

Timothy A. McKay[email protected]
ASSET Co-Chair
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Claire Boeck (she/her), [email protected]
ASSET Project Manager
Research Specialist in Institutional Research, Office of Budget and Planning

W. Carson Byrd[email protected]
Associate Research Scientist, Marsal Family School of Education

John Gonzalez[email protected]
Director of Rackham Institutional Research, Rackham Graduate School

Cait Hayward, [email protected]
Director of Research and Analytics, Center for Academic Innovation

Ben Koester[email protected]
Data Scientist, Undergraduate Education Division, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Dan Merian (he/him), [email protected]
Director of Enrollment Management Analytics and Data, Office of Enrollment Management

Victoria Osten[email protected]
Program Evaluation Specialist, College of Engineering

Tracy Pattok (she/her), [email protected]
Associate Director of Institutional Research, Office of Budget and Planning

Heather Rypkema[email protected]
Head of Learning Analytics and FCI Assistant Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Janel Sutkus[email protected]
Director of Student Life Research, Student Life

Felecia Webb (she/her), [email protected]
Director of Evaluation and Assessment, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)

ASSET Research

Areas of Current Research

  • Students’ experiences in courses and what affects (in)equities in course outcomes
  • The impact of cost on student’s experiences

Findings from Prior Research

Below is a select list of reports of ASSET research and presentations. To request access, or to learn more about ASSET, contact Claire Boeck ([email protected]).

  • Report #16B: Academic Momentum by Academic Career and Race/Ethnicity
  • Report #12A: Momentum: Hours Worked, Credits Taken, and Credit Success Rate
  • Presentation for ACUM: Equity and Excellence in a U-M Undergraduate Education, Early Credit Momentum and Course Grades