Ariel Aisen is a Senior Analyst in EAB’s Strategic Research division. In this role, she works directly with higher education members to uncover and share their success stories and best practices. Ariel’s current work examines one-of-a-kind programs and practices that colleges and universities employ to ensure all students are fully supported from their first day on campus through graduation and beyond. She shines in her ability to bring student success stories to life with her expertise in writing and visual design.
Supporting students is Ariel’s passion—in her free time, she volunteers as a mentor with DC Public Schools, helping young students find the fun in reading and learning. Prior to joining EAB, Ariel partnered with hospitals and health systems on revenue cycle management.
Ariel graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a BA in English and Spanish Literature.
Research and Insights
It’s Thanksgiving as a first-generation college freshman. Your friends have all gone home but you’re stuck on campus because, like many first-gen students, you don’t have extra cash to spend on a plane ticket—it’s going toward tuition, or books, or food. But if you’re a first-generation student at Florida State University, you’re not spending Thanksgiving…
As part of the Student Success Collaborative research team, I’ve followed our partner case studies closely. Lately, I’ve noticed something new. In previous years, most student success initiatives started—and ended—in the advising center, or were focused on niche groups of students. Efforts to expand participation in student success faced skepticism from other offices and a…