Established in 1956 with funding from the Carnegie Corporation, CSHE is the world's first research and policy institute devoted to the comprehensive study of higher education. As a multi-disciplinary research center, it has had a major impact on scholarship and policy.
The Center for Studies in Higher Education is a vibrant program engaged in timely work. In fact, with the uncertain near term future of in-person higher education and with the challenges now facing all universities, public and private, this is the ideal moment for CSHE to have maximum impact on higher education policy.
Your generosity allows us to grow our programs and strengthen the Center’s public service role as a resource on higher education. A gift to CSHE will provide general support to the Center. Contact us if you wish to direct your gift to one of the specific program funds.
What your gift to CSHE will support:
General CSHE Operations and Programs
- Panels/Lectures - A core focus of CSHE is to broaden understanding around key issues in higher education by organizing engaging lectures and policy oriented panel discussions. In 2020, the Center transitioned our lectures and panels to a virtual format, drawing hundreds of participants around California, the nation and the world.
- The Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS) continues its longstanding mission of publishing multidisciplinary higher education research on leading topics by visiting scholars and affiliated faculty of the Center.
- Various pioneering research activities in the higher education field.
Executive Leadership Academy
The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) prepares visionary higher education leaders to guide their institutions in an increasingly multicultural and global environment. It is designed for individuals from all backgrounds who are interested in preparing themselves for appointments to executive positions such as dean, vice president, provost, president, and chancellor. Leaders in this new environment must have the knowledge and skills to work with individuals from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Since ELA was founded in 2011, 376 fellows have graduated from the program. Many of them have applied their insights from the Academy to their career development or to benefit their institutions. Most recently, Vernon Harper Jr. (link is external) who graduated from ELA in 2017 was appointed Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University, Bakersfield! The donations obtained here will help to off-set the costs of travel and tuition for those accepted into the program but need financial assistance to attend.
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration based at CSHE. Working with other research universities nationally and internationally, the Consortium generates institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data on the student experience in research universities. By sharing best practices, data and analysis, the Consortium provides relevant tools for public policy, institutional reforms, scholarly research and improving the student experience.
Over the years, the Visiting Scholars program has invited hundreds of innovative and talented faculty and researchers from around the world to conduct research at CSHE. This fund provides support for these scholars, promotes the Center’s research productivity, and futhers collaboration among the Visiting Scholar Alumni network.
David P. Gardner Higher Education Seminar
Named after University of California President Emeritus David P. Gardner, this annual seminar is organized by CSHE for doctoral students across multiple disciplines who are conducting research related to higher education. The Gardner Seminar was expanded in 2020 to include participants from across the UC system for the first time. Along with presentations by leading scholars, this collaboration across UC campuses and disciplines is a stimulating opportunity for fellows to engage on key topics in higher education research and to build a community of early-career researchers.
The Clark Kerr Lecture Series
The Clark Kerr Lecture Series is named after Clark Kerr, president of the University of California from 1958 to 1967 and long recognized as one of the great leaders of American higher education in the twentieth century. Held every two years, the lectures provide a forum for analysis and reflection about the forces shaping universities and the complex roles they play in modern society. Recipients of this honor are sponsored by CSHE to present public lectures and to write scholarly publications. The next Clark Kerr Lecture Series is expected to take place in 2021.