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Rachel A. Smith’s research interests include the study of campus environments designed to facilitate student learning, the first-year experience and students intransition, and higher education institutions as organizations. In particular she applies social network analysis to better understand the development of student communities and academic and social relationships as related to educational outcomes. Her dissertation, entitled"'Only Connect': A Mixed Methods Study of How First-year Students Create Residential Academic and Social Networks" explored how students' patterns of academic and social relationships withinspecific communitieschanged during their first years. She received support for this research through the Paul P. Fidler research grant from the NationalResource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She has presented research at the annual meetings of ASHE, ACPA, NASPA, and the ACUHO-I Living Learning Programs Conference.
She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in higher education from Syracuse University and her B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.