Ami Zusman

Job title: 
Former Coordinator of Graduate Education Planning and Analysis, UCOP

Ami Zusman is a Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. Her research at CSHE has been primarily focused on the emergence and expansion of new kinds of professional doctoral degrees (many in fields that had never had doctorates) and the implications of these new degrees for access to the professions, institutional missions and resources, and costs and benefits to clients and the public.

Zusman previously served as Coordinator of Graduate Education Planning and Analysis for the University of California system, where she directed graduate and professional education planning and policy, as well as student outcomes assessment. She developed long-range graduate enrollment plans for the UC system, created instruments to measure and compare graduate student success, and was the lead UC liaison for the National Research Council’s assessment of doctoral programs, among other activities. She also authored or was principal staff for University-wide reports on interdisciplinary graduate education, self-supporting graduate programs at UC, and workforce projections for graduate degree recipients in different fields, among other matters. Zusman has published on various higher education topics, including the growth of professional practice doctorates, university-state conflict, teacher education, community college policy, and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. Zusman received her Ph.D. in higher education policy from UC Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Zusman, Ami (2017).  Changing Degrees: Creation and Growth of New Kinds of Professional Doctorates. Journal of Higher Education (in press).

Zusman, Ami (2005). Challenges Facing Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. In Philip G. Altbach, Robert O. Berdahl, and Patricia Gumport (Eds.), American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic ChallengesSecond Edition (pp. 115-160). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press.

Hawthorne, Elizabeth M., and Ami Zusman (1992). The Role of State Departments of Education in School/College Collaborations. Journal of Higher Education, 63 (4), 418-440.

Zusman, Ami (1986). Legislature and University Conflict: The Case of California. Review of Higher Education, 9 (4), 397-418.

Guthrie, James W., and Ami Zusman (1982). Mathematics and Science Teacher Shortages:  What Can California Do? Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies.

Zusman, Ami (1978). State Policy Making for Community College Adult Education. Journal of Higher Education, 49 (4), 337-357.



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Current Project

Professional Practice Doctorates