Founding Partners

Sue Clery

Research philosophy: Quick and effective assessment of client's needs; provide actionable, strategic product. 


Sue Clery has more than 25 years of experience in postsecondary education research. Her work as a higher education researcher fulfills her passion for helping students and higher education staff through projects and studies focusing on student equity and success, program evaluations, and studies on faculty working conditions.  She has technical expertise, knowledge and experience across a wide range of topics, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and evaluation. She has authored and co-authored numerous national statistical analyses and analytical reports for clients such as the National Education Association, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, as well as states and individual institutions. Adept at helping clients identify their needs and project goals, she designs actionable study plans and produces highly thoughtful work products.


Prior to launching ASA, Sue was on the senior research team at JBL Associates, Inc. (JBLA), where she began her research career over two decades ago. Upon Coffey Consulting’s recent acquisition of JBLA, she served as the Senior Study Director and led the higher education team for several years. She holds an MBA from University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Tech.

Abby Miller

Research philosophy: Deep and unique insight into higher education and workforce data, taking into account multiple perspectives. Flexible and adaptable to client needs; adept at multiple methodologies.     


Abby Miller has more than 15 years experience conducting and directing research related to postsecondary education access and success. Her areas of interest and expertise include low-income and first-generation students, nontraditional student pathways, financial aid, and the college-to-workforce transition.  Her clients have included the National Center on Education Statistics, the Council for Opportunity in Education, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She has presented her research at national conferences including the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association.          


Abby previously worked in senior research positions for Coffey Consulting, JBL Associates, The Pell Institute, and the Institute of Higher Education Policy. She co-authored the bestselling Quarterlife Crisis, which explores the transition from college to the workplace, and she has appeared in numerous national media outlets including Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, MSNBC, the The New York Times and The Washington Post.  She holds a master’s degree in education policy and leadership with a concentration in higher education from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.