Sarah Kyte

Senior Research Scientist Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Higher Education

Sarah Kyte

Senior Research Scientist Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Higher Education

Sarah Kyte, PhD, is leading a responsive, action-driven, and rigorous portfolio of research and partnerships focused on supporting student success. As a sociologist of education, her research takes a holistic view of the practices and policies that support student success with a focus on student persistence in college and within majors, effective strategies for bringing data-driven tools to practice, and equity for underserved groups. Her team recently won the 2021 Institutional Research Leadership Award from the National Symposium for Student Retention for their paper detailing role of data-driven and student-centered research in coalition-building to revise UArizona’s academic eligibility policy. Dr. Kyte earned her PhD and MA in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Sociology from Villanova University.


Selected publications:

  • Kyte, Sarah, Laura Andrews, Jen Ludwig, Christine Salvesen. 2021. “Data-Driven and Student-Centered: Strong Gains in First-Year Retention with the Introduction of a Warning Semester.” In S. Whalen & T. Bennett (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th National Symposium on Student Retention. Virtual Conference. (pp. 104-117). The University of Oklahoma.

  • Blanchard Kyte, Sarah, Elizabeth Collins, and Regina Deil-Amen. 2020. “Mindset Messaging: Fostering Student Support and Confidence through Micro-Messaging in Advisor Communication.” NACADA Journal 40: 36-48. - https://doi.org/10.12930/NACADA-19-08
  • Blanchard Kyte, Sarah. 2019. “Changing Major, Staying on Track: Bringing Data-Driven Insights into Tried-and-True Graduation Pathways to Advising.” Academic Advising Today 42: 1.
  • Blanchard Kyte, Sarah, and Catherine Riegle-Crumb. 2017. “Perceptions of the Social Relevance of Science: Exploring the Implications for Gendered Patterns in Expectations of Majoring in STEM Fields.” Social Sciences 6: 19.
  • Blanchard, Sarah, and Chandra Muller. 2015. “Gatekeepers of the American Dream: How Teachers’ Perceptions Shape the Academic Outcomes of Immigrant and Language-Minority Students.” Social Science Research 51: 262-275.
  • Blanchard, Sarah, Justina Judy, Chandra Muller, Richard H. Crawford, Anthony Petrosino, Christina K. White, Fu-An Lin, and Kristin L. Wood. 2015. “Beyond Blackboards: Engaging Underserved Middle School Students in Engineering.” Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research 5: 1-14.
  • Jassal, Parminder K., Hope Clark, Mary LeFebvre, and Sarah Blanchard Kyte. 2019. “The New Global Learning Economy and the Rise of the Working Learner.” In Global Handbook for Workplace Learning. Wiley.Riegle-Crumb, Catherine, Sarah Blanchard Kyte, and Karisma Morton. 2018. “Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Educational Outcomes: Examining Patterns, Explanations, and New Directions for Research.” In Schneider, B., Saw, G. (Eds). Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century. Springer.
  • Riegle-Crumb, Catherine, Karisma Morton, and Sarah Blanchard Kyte. 2020. “Developing STEM Ambitions: An Examination of Inequality by Gender and Race/Ethnicity.” In B. Polnick, B. Irby, and J. Ballenger. (Eds). Girls and Women of Color in STEM: Navigating the Double Bind. Information Age Publishing.

Selected presentations:

  • Kyte, Sarah. “Getting the message: Using micro-messaging to enhance student success.” Invited Speaker. NACADA Excellence in Academic Advising Community of Practice. Jun 2021.

  • Tillbrook, Ned, Sarah Kyte, and Dara Shifrer. “Student Math, Science Achievement, Motivations, and Perceptions to Gendered Pathways through STEM & Adjacent Majors.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Aug. 2021. Virtual Conference.

  • Blanchard Kyte, Sarah. “Balancing the Books: Young Working Learners in a National Perspective.” UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. Oct, 2017. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Blanchard Kyte, Sarah. “Doubling Up: Analyzing the Educational and Employment Trajectories of High School Longitudinal Study Youth.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Apr, 2016. Washington, DC.
  • Blanchard, Sarah, Catherine Riegle-Crumb, and Karisma Morton. “How Perceptions of Science as a Domain shape Expectations to Major in STEM at the Beginning of High School.” Sociology of Education Association Annual Meeting. Feb, 2015. Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Blanchard, Sarah. “Classroom- and Domain-Based Science Attitudes as Mediators of Underrepresented Middle Schoolers’ Scientific Aspirations.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Aug, 2014. San Francisco, CA.
  • Blanchard, Sarah. “Growing Pains: The Role of School Segregation in Middle Schoolers’ Expectations of Discrimination and Advancing in Math.” Sociology of Education Association Annual Meeting. Feb, 2014. Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Blanchard, Sarah. "Opportunities to Learn Discrimination: Racialized Course Placement and Expectations of Racial Discrimination." Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Apr, 2013. New Orleans, LA.
  • Blanchard, Sarah. “Winners and Losers: Teachers’ Perceptions of the Children of Immigrants.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Aug, 2012. Denver, CO.
  • Blanchard, Sarah, Anna S. Mueller, and Chandra Muller. “Scholars without Borders: The Graduate School Trajectories of International Students at a Major Research University.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Aug, 2011. Las Vegas, NV.
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