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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 presidents 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.

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Center for the Study of Higher Education
The Pennsylvania State University
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University Park, PA  16802
Phone: (814) 865-8367
FAX: (814) 865-3638

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