Research Associate

Anne MacLachlan

Research Associate and Visiting Scholars Coordinator

Anne J. MacLachlan is a retired senior researcher at CSHE who continues to be devoted to increasing access, persistence, and success in postsecondary education for underrepresented groups (URM) including domestic minorities, women, and those from uneducated/poor families with an emphasis on those in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Her research areas cover the spectrum of postsecondary populations including community college and transfer students, undergraduates in general, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Among these, doctoral...

Aray Saniyazova

SERU-International Research Associate

Aray Saniyazova is a SERU-International Research Associate. She holds a Master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University (2011), and PhD in education from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (2017).

Her research interests focus on contemporary issues of higher education: transition from high school to university; student experience and college climate; gender issues in education; institutional development of newly established universities. She was involved in the collaborative research project of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education and the University of...

Dr. Krista M. Soria

Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Analysis and Office for Student Affairs

Dr. Krista M. Soria (she/her) works as the Director for Student Affairs Assessment at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is the Assistant Director for Research for the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium (North America Division) at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Soria’s research includes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; high-impact practices that promote undergraduates’ development and success; campus climate for marginalized and underrepresented students; and programmatic efforts...

Ellen Switkes

Senior Associate

Ellen Switkes is Senior Associate and Co-founder of the “Breakfast with George” mentoring program for higher education executives who are ready to move into senior executive positions. She also is co-founder and Director of CSHE’s Berkeley Institutes on Higher Education (BIHE), targeted to higher education leaders from nations outside the United States. BIHE focused on the essential characteristics of major research universities in the United States, with particular emphasis on the University of California as a case study, and on linking Institute programs with CSHE-based policy research...

Gregg Thomson

Principal Researcher - SERU Consortium

Gregg Thomson is Principal Researcher, Student Experience in the Research University-Association of American Universities Consortium (SERU-AAU) at the Center for Studies in Higher Education. SERU is the comprehensive undergraduate census survey used by a consortium of 15 Association of American Universities member institutions and by the University of California as the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES). His interests are minority and diversity issues in higher education, the development and use of student surveys, and research on the undergraduate student...

Daniel Jones White

Principal Researcher and SERU North American Division Managing Director - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota