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

The PAS Team

Vic Borden, Ph.D., Director of PAS, is a professor of higher education and student affairs at Indiana University. He also directs the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, coordinates the Higher Education and Student Affairs Programs (HESA), and serves as Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President of University Academic Affairs at IU. In addition to coordinating PAS, he was the co-PI on the Leading to Completion project and is working with Charlie Nelms to develop an array of follow-on projects. Vic previously served as Associate Vice president for University Planning, Institutional Research and Accountability at IU, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Management and Institutional Research at IUPUI. He is a Past President of the Association for Institutional Research and was a Fulbright Specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he still consults.

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D., Center Scholar at CPR, was co-PI on the Leading to Completion Project, and is now working on several follow-on projects to develop institutional leadership capacities that foster student success at minority-serving institutions, and especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is also currently a senior scholar at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), providing leadership in assisting minority-serving institutions. He also serves as a senior consultant with the Association of a Governing Boards (AGB). Charlie was previously Chancellor of North Carolina Central University, and has served as Chancellor at the University of Michigan Flint and Indiana University East. Charlie was Vice President for Institutional Development and Student Affairs at Indiana University from 1998-2007.

Phoebe Khasiala Wakhungu, Ph.D., project manager of the Project on Academic Success, conducts research on college student persistence, student academic success, and faculty vitality. She earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies at Indiana University. Her research interests include effects of postsecondary financing and institutional effects on student academic achievement, retention of low-income students in postsecondary education, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and survey methodology. She teaches introductory statistical techniques at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington.

Ayesha Bhimdiwala, research associate at the Project of Academic Success, is a graduate student in Data Science at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to joining PAS, she has worked at Nielsen as a Data Science Executive, interned at Teach for India as a Data for Social Change Intern, and completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai, India (2016). Her research interests include data management, analysis, and visualization for social good.

Youngsik Hwang, research associate at the Project of Academic Success, is a Ph.D. student in higher education and student affairs program at Indiana University, School of Education. He has a master's degree in economics from Korea University. His research interests include economics of education, educational finance, and measurement of educational quality in higher education.

Angel Cassandra Nathan, research associate at the Project on Academic Success, is a Ph. D. student in higher education at Indiana University's School of Education with a minor in non-profit management. She has a master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include governance, athletics and completion patterns in higher education.

Affiliated Scholars

William B. Harvey, Ed.D., is working with Vic Borden and Charlie Nelms to develop the follow-on projects to Leading to Completion. He is currently Distinguished Scholar with the American Association for Access, Diversity and Equity; Professor of Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T State University; Senior Policy Analyst at the Southern Regional Education Board; and Strategic Advisor for DiversityEdu LLC.

Afet Dundar collaborates with the Project on Academic Success (PAS) for the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Signature Reports. She earned her PhD in education policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Afet is director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.