What We Do

The Student Success Through Applied Research Lab also known as SSTAR Lab conducts original research and evaluation on issues related to college opportunity and student success. Across all of our work, we prioritize the practical side of research and promote ongoing improvement to better support current and future students. We do this through a unique research-practice partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Enrollment Management. We also do this through external partnerships with universities, governmental agencies, and other units on campus.

Geography of College Opportunity

Learn more about rural higher education and the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities through our interactive website created in partnership with Ascendium and the UW-Madison’s Applied Population Lab.

Pell Access and Outcomes

Learn more about college access and completion rates for Pell Grant recipients with this tool created in partnership with the University of Southern California’s Center on Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice.

Student Loan Repayment

Learn more about our analysis of student loan outcomes and repayment rates at six partner universities in this report supported by Arnold Ventures.