As a research associate on the higher education team, Sophie Sussman conducts research on advancement, community colleges, enrollment management, and student affairs. She has completed research on behalf of university and college leaders on a variety of topics including first-year experience programs, international student support systems, campus climate, and enrollment processes. While her current research focuses on topics of higher education, Sophie’s passion for education research began during her time as an elementary student teacher in Athens, GA.
Prior to EAB, Sophie attended George Washington University and worked as a research intern for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she researched topics such as credit recovery, state standards, and charter schools. Outside of work, Sophie likes to take long walks through D.C., grill out with friends, and cheer on the Dawgs!
Sophie holds a master’s degree in education policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia. During her time at both institutions, her research focused on supporting special student populations in the classroom.
Research and Insights
First-year students face unique academic and social barriers during their transition to campus, which can hinder their retention. This resource profiles first-year experience (FYE) programs,including first-year seminars, living learning communities, and mentor programs. Additionally, it looks at program development and evaluation, staffing, and student and faculty engagement.