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Kristen Renn

  Department of Educational Administration
 Ph.D., Boston College
 425 Erickson
Kristen Renn is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and associate dean of undergraduate studies/director for student success initiatives. Her research centers on college student learning, development, and success in higher education, with current projects focusing on low-income, first-generation students and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students. Other interests include college student identity development, student affairs administration, and women’s higher education in international contexts. She is co-PI of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success ( and leads Michigan State University’s Neighborhoods student success initiative (

Areas of Expertise:

Active Grants:

  • Henry H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
    Launching, Accelerating, and Multiplying STEM Students for Michigan: MSU STEM Success Program
  • Gates Foundation, Bill & Melinda (Arizona State University)
    University Innovation Alliance Predictive Analytics and Advising Interventions
  • U.S. Department of Education (Georgia State University)
    MAAPS: Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Student Success
  • Association of American Universities
    Bridging Theory to Practice: Well-Being and Purpose among Spartan Success Scholars
  • Spencer Foundation
    Understanding Chinese Undergraduate Success in a Large U.S. Public University