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 by Zoom
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.

Past Presentations

Next Meeting

December 3, 2021

In person and on Zoom

COVID-19 Impacts on Early Career Trajectories and Mobility of Doctoral Graduates in Aotearoa New Zealand

Prof Rachel Spronken-Smith (Dean of the Graduate Research School, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ), Dr. Kim Brown and Dr. Claire Cameron

This presentation reports on the first phase of a longitudinal study exploring how doctoral graduates in Aotearoa New Zealand are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as they enter or re-enter career pathways.  The study uses a survey to capture the employment and mobility situations of doctoral graduates from 2019-early 2021 from six of the eight universities in New Zealand. The findings from 406 responses showed that 19% of respondents had a job offer rescinded due to COVID-19. Moreover, 60% of doctoral graduates felt that their career plans had been impacted by COVID-19, and the nature of these impacts was generally negative. Qualitative comments revealed a range of disruptive impacts with themes of complicated circumstances, pragmatism, academic trajectory, uncertainty and re-training. International graduates were far more affected by the pandemic than domestic graduates. 

We will meet in 768 Evans Hall at noon Berkeley time and the talk will be available on Zoom

To register for this or other events in this group, contact Anne MacLachlan at: maclach@berkeley.edu

Asymmetric Expectations: Faculty Research Roles Under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education

Asymmetric Expectations: Faculty Research Roles Under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education

Student Learning and Wellbeing during the Pandemic: Evidence from the SERU COVID-19 Survey

Student Learning and Wellbeing during the Pandemic: Evidence from the SERU COVID-19 Survey

Academic Freedom

Higher Education Researchers Workgroup: Academic Freedom

Can We Ever Forgive Joseph Le Conte?—The Challenge of Names on UC Berkeley's Buildings

Can we ever forgive Joseph Le Conte?—The Challenge of Names on UC Berkeley's Buildings