Higher Education Consortia Staff


For general inquiries about The Cost Study, please contact us at ire-cost@udel.edu


Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

325 Hullihen Hall

162 The Green

Newark, DE 19716

Phone: (302) 831-7460




Jennifer Snyder
Jennifer Snyder – Director, Higher Education Consortia   Dr. Jennifer Snyder re-joined The Cost Study team in June 2020 as the Director of the Higher Education Consortia. Her role focuses on assisting with the maintenance of The Cost Study, marketing and advancement, outreach, research, and the expansion of the Higher Education Consortia. Jen is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at UD. She previously worked as an IR analyst conducting survey research for UD and as a graduate research assistant with IRE and the Higher Education Consortia. Jen holds a PhD in Sociology from UD, and she received an MA in Sociology from Cleveland State University and a BA in Psychology from Malone University.




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Marcia Preston – Manager, The Cost Study

Dr. Marcia Preston joined The Cost Study team in 2019. Her work focuses on migrating quality data into The Cost Study data system, preparing reports for institutions and presentations for conferences, and expanding the research potential of The Cost Study. Marcia received her PhD in Education at the University of Delaware and also has a Master’s degree in Leisure Studies from Penn State and a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Virginia Tech. Her doctoral research focused on investigating how children perceive learning and play, how children learn through play, and how physical activity is related to the development of executive function. Outside of work Marcia enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and staying active with her husband and their four children.



Jamie Golden – Data Specialist

Jamie joined The Cost Study team in 2020. In her role, she serves as the primary liaison for study participants during the data submission process and works directly with the data provided for the National Study of Costs and Productivity. Her responsibilities include data validation, performing custom peer analyses, and monitoring the study’s web portal. Prior to joining The Cost Study, Jamie held administrative positions at the University of Delaware in both the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories and the Mathematical Sciences Departments. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University. Outside of work Jamie enjoys ice skating, rock climbing, and aerial acrobatics.