PAS is part of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) at Indiana University
Practice- and policy-oriented research on opportunity and equity in postsecondary education and on the multiple pathways of 21st century students toward postsecondary academic success and employment

Research on Academic Success

College Student Success

  • About PAS

  • The PAS Team

    • Current Team
    • Affiliated Scholars
  • Current Research Projects

    • Enrollment Trends (National Student Clearinghouse Signature Reports)
    • Leading to Completion
    • Faculty Vitality Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)
    • Departmental 360 Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)
    • Evaluation of the Millennium Leadership Institute (MLI)
  • Past Conference Papers

  • Topical Resources

    • Student Financial Aid
    • Enhancing Student Success
    • Research Methods

Contact Us

Email is likely to be the most efficient way to reach us, and we can use e-mail to arrange follow-up phone conversations.

Victor M. H. Borden
Director, PAS

Phoebe Khasiala Wakhungu
Project Manager, PAS

Project on Academic Success
1900 E. Tenth Street
Eigenmann Hall, Suite 630
Bloomington, IN 47406-7512

Past Conference Papers

Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Organizational Structures Associated with Community College Student Success: Results from a National Survey
Mary Ziskin, Eunkyoung Park, Desiree Zerquera; Vasti Torres, & Donald Hossler

This paper presents findings from a national survey of community colleges. Descriptive results show the scope and forms of the resources and policies that institutions dedicate to improving student success, and results from ordinary least squares regression analyses explore organizational structures and policies associated with institutional completion and retention rates.

Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, in the paper session,
To Buy or Not to Buy: Decisions and Debt in Higher Education:

Exploring Student Experiences with Debt and Educational Expenses
Desiree Zerquera, Vasti Torres, Tomika Ferguson, and Brian McGowan

This paper considers how students use different financial sources to pay for school. Findings from focus groups held with undergraduate students across four campuses within a public university system in the Midwest revealed findings in three key areas: (1) perceived versus actual costs of attending college, (2) feelings about carrying debt, and (3) effects of debt on students. Implications for research, practice, and policy are suggested, and center on stronger efforts for financial literacy on campuses.

Higher Education Expenses: A Deeper Look at Debt and How Students Manage
Desiree Zerquera, Vasti Torres, Eunkyoung Park, and Mary Ziskin

Despite the national attention focused on student debt, how students accrue debt while in college remains poorly understood. This study reports findings from institutional and original survey data from undergraduates enrolled within a multicampus university system. The presentation of findings describes students' expenses and examines predictors of debt.