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CSHE faculty research addresses a range of topics within higher education. Specific research areas include: educational assessment and evaluation, equity, innovations and financial sustainability, law and educational policy, and universities’ role in the “Knowledge Society.”

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The Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) provides professional development and practical administrative knowledge for higher education administrators. ALA is designed for department heads, program directors, academic deans, vice presidents, and provosts.
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In addition to their work assisting with CSHE research projects, CSHE graduate assistants often get involved with and plan events alongside several Penn State graduate student organizations. Higher Education in Review (HER), an independent refereed journal published by graduate students in the Higher Education Program at The Pennsylvania State University, is one such example.

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The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is one of the nation’s first research centers established specifically to study postsecondary education policy issues.

Since the founding of CSHE in 1969, faculty members have engaged in research that has informed policy and decision-making at the institutional, state, and national level. Research projects within CSHE utilize tools from a variety of academic disciplines to study a range of topics, including:

  • Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Equity in Higher Education
  • Innovations and Financial Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Law and Educational Policy
  • The University and the Knowledge Society
The Center also provides professional development and supports the educational offerings of the Higher Education program. Our Academic Leadership Academy provides department heads, deans, and vice president with practical administrative knowledge and skills through a blended delivery model that includes on-site sessions over the summer and virtual sessions over the following academic year. Initiatives that link CSHE research projects with the World Campus offerings of the Higher Education program identify effective and innovative approaches to online education. Research seminars, practitioner seminars, research projects, and other activities provide Penn State graduate students with a range of development opportunities.


  • David Baker was the 2015 recipient of the AERA Outstanding Book Award for the book, The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture.
  • Liliana Garces was the 2015 recipient of the ASHE Promising Scholar/Early Career Award. She was also the 2014 recipient of the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award from AERA for the article, “Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study.”
  • Roger Geiger was the 2015 recipient of the AERA Division J Outstanding Publication Award for the book, History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture From the Founding to World War II.



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