Higher Education Researchers Workgroup

The goal of this group is to bring together qualitative and quantitative higher education researchers working on issues at Berkeley, the University of California, the State of California or elsewhere for the mutual exchange of knowledge, ideas and issues through:
  • Acquainting one another with their respective research
  • Discussing our research strategies, data base use and data issues
  • Engaging with the questions raised by all of our work
  • Supporting each others’ work by providing feedback on substance and presentation
  • Creating an ongoing list of projects past and present for eventual posting on the CSHE website


  • Monthly meetings for an hour and a half
  • At every meeting a check in with new and existing members about their project(s)
  • When possible prior to each meeting an abstract, proposal, raw summary, finished or draft piece should be circulated among the group
  • At the meeting the author informally presents a summary of his or her research questions and issues and does not necessarily make a formal presentation—this is research in progress
  • Depending on the consensus of the group pertinent articles by non-members could be circulated and discussed for the issues germane to the participants
Too often higher education data driven researchers on and off campus work alone and they are unfamiliar with the breadth of research even on the Berkeley campus. There also is not necessarily communication among qualitative and quantitative researchers although many researchers use both types of data. Additionally there often is a disciplinary divide. This group is intended to overcome these to the enrichment of all participants. All are welcome including international visiting scholars who may be working on higher education issues in their own country. 

Meeting Details

Higher Education Researchers Workgroup 
First Friday of every month
CSHE Conference Room (766/768 Evans Hall) 
Graduate students and postdocs are particularly encouraged to attend.


This workgroup is organized and chaired by CSHE Senior Researcher Emerita, Anne MacLachlan
For more information regarding this workgroup please contact Anne at maclach@berkeley.edu.

Next Meeting

February 7, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30

Contact maclach@berkeley.edu for more information.

150 Years of Women at Berkeley and the Cliometric Project: Using data to document the emergence of women doctorates at Berkeley 1870-to 2020.

A joint presentation by Zachary Bleemer, Director of the Cliometric Project and Anne MacLachlan, Senior Researcher. Both are members of the History Advisory Committee, 150w Project and CSHE.

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the scope of the Cliometric Project in the context of a particular query, namely how to document women's achievement of a Ph.D. from when they were admitted as undergraduates in 1870 through the growth of doctoral granting departments and their inclusion of women and women of color. It is an investigation of possibilities.