Chris Gasser is serving as the University Innovation Alliance Fellow at Oregon State University. For the last 8 years, Chris has worked in OSU’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, expanding access to support services for students enrolled in some of OSU’s largest and most challenging courses. As SI’s Coordinator, Chris has nearly tripled the number of courses his program works with, built key partnerships between faculty and other support centers, and provided targeted support for OSU’s most underserved students; including first generation, Pell-eligible, and students of color. Prior to his time in higher education, Chris coordinated in both recreation and facilities for the cities of Roseville, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA. As a scholar, Chris has been especially interested in the way that institutional change occurs, particularly looking at the intersections between student services, rhetoric, and data usage.
Chris holds a M.A. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture from Oregon State University and graduate certificates in both Data Analytics and College and University Teaching. He previously earned a B.A. in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and A.A.s in English, Behavioral Science, and Arts and Cultures. As both a first-generation and transfer student, Chris is passionate about making college accessible and affordable by implementing data-guided changes to improve higher education.