Dr. Ryan Goodwin

Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Initiatives



Dr. Ryan Goodwin is the Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. He reports to the senior vice president for student success and serves as a member of the executive team for UCF’s Division of Student Success and Well-Being. Dr. Goodwin oversees the Center for Higher Education Innovation and the Office of Data and Strategic Projects and supports divisional efforts to create a preeminent student success ecosystem in which all students thrive. Ryan’s research and practice focuses on higher education innovations that improve access, success, and completion for all. He is particularly interested in the educational systems and organizational structures that influence student movement to and through postsecondary education.

A native Hoosier, Dr. Goodwin earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington and continued his education at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Later, Ryan was awarded the Erickson Research Fellowship to attend Michigan State University where he completed a dual Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. After leaving MSU, Ryan served as UCF’s inaugural University Innovation Alliance Fellow and then served as the Founding Director of the Center for Higher Education Innovation.

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