The Team

MSU photo by Kelly Gorham Tricia Seifert is an associate professor in the Adult & Higher Education program at Montana State University and maintains a status only appointment in the Higher Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She uses sociological theories and principles to examine issues related to post-secondary student learning and success. Her interest in understanding how colleges and universities organize to support student success stems largely from her administrative background working in orientation and transition programs, residence life, student leadership programs, and fraternity/sorority life. Having worked at both large and  small post-secondary institutions, Tricia witnessed the interplay between organizational structures and culture with respect to how campuses support student success. Tricia Seifert CV July 2015

Research Team

Christine Helen Arnold is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto/OISE. Her research interests include the student experience in higher education, with a focus on student mobility and credit transfer systems. Christine has published and presented on a range of topics including: transformative education, student affairs/services, credit transfer/articulation, degree granting, quality assurance and higher education within the knowledge economy. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toronto/OISE; M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Development; B.A. and B.Ed. (Intermediate/Senior) from Brock University. Christine is currently working as the Youth Outreach Coordinator on the Supporting Student Success research project. Christine Helen Arnold_CV

970511_10152882281985077_2074714763_nJeff Burrow is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D program (Higher Education) student at OISE.  His research interests include study abroad, student affairs outside of Canada and assessment and evaluation of student affairs programs and services. Jeff Burrow Resume


KE photo Kimberly Elias recently finished her Master of Arts, Higher Education. Her research interests include student engagement, the benefits of co-curricular activities on student learning, and the impact of student affairs and services on student success. Kimberly conducted her master’s thesis on employer perceptions of co-curricular engagement and the Co-Curricular Record in the hiring process, and is acting as the Program Coordinator, Campus Involvement at the University of Toronto where she coordinates the Co-Curricular Record.

Dpk_SSS picDiliana Peregrina-Kretz completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto/OISE in September 2015. Her research interests focus on the experiences of students in post-secondary education and how institutions respond to the needs of increasing diverse and under-represented student populations. Professionally, Diliana has worked in both Canada and the U.S. in post-secondary programs aimed at increasing student persistence and retention, improving the transition to university, and peer mentorship programs. She holds a Master’s of Science in Counselling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently, Diliana works at the Office of Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto, St. George coordinating the Summer Transition and Peer Mentorship programs.

kathleenpicKathleen Moore is a Ph.D student in the Higher Education program at OISE/UT. She has a Master of Education – Teaching, Learning and Development from Brock University. Her master’s thesis explored academic stress and help-seeking in Faculty of Education students and she hopes to build on this in her doctoral work. Her research interests include the student experience, student services, and the use of technology in addressing student mental health. Kathleen_mooreCV

Jacqueline Beaulieu Beaulieu is a Ph.D student in the Higher Education program at OISE/University of Toronto. As an educator, she brings expertise in the areas of student transition and leadership skills development. As a researcher, she pursues topics related to retention and preparedness for participation in global learning communities. She holds a Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.