SERU: Student Experience in the Research University

Pathways for Improving Doctoral Education – Using Data in the Pre- and Post-COVID Era

John Aubrey Douglass
Igor Chirikov

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic altered the perception of the management challenges facing universities, globally. It has changed the market for domestic and international students, required institutions to move rapidly to online and remote teaching, and brought into question the funding model for many universities, particularly with the specter of reduced tuition income and state funding under the assumption of a global recession.
But is also true that the pandemic, and its impact on higher education, varies by nation, and even by the collective pan-regional response – e.g., Europe...

SERU Mission

Research intensive universities share common goals and challenges. In the constant effort to improve institutional quality, much attention has been focused on faculty and their contribution to the three main purposes of these universities: 1) teaching and learning, 2) research and knowledge production, 3) public service and economic engagement with the societies that give them life and purpose. The SERU Consortium attempts to focus on the student side of this tripartite mission. The SERU Consortium focuses on the undergraduate and graduate student experience at top-tier research intensive...

Senators Ask GAO to Examine If Colleges Are Doing Enough for Disabled Students

January 14, 2021

A bipartisan group of three senators on Wednesday asked the Government Accountability Office to examine whether colleges and universities are doing enough to make sure disabled students have the same access to learning during the coronavirus pandemic as others.

“Under normal circumstances, accessing the appropriate accommodations can prove challenging for students in higher education,” wrote Senators Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire; Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania; and Dr. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, students face...

Tuition as a Path for Affordability? The Pursuit of a Progressive Tuition Model at the University of California

John Aubrey Douglass
Patrick A. Lapid

In an environment of declining public funding and rising tuition rates, many public universities in the US are moving toward a “progressive tuition model” that attempts to invest approximately one-third of tuition income into institutional financial aid for lower-income and middle-class students. The objective is to mitigate the cost of rising tuition and keep college affordable. But is this model as currently formulated working? Utilizing data from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey of undergraduates and other data sources, this study explores these issues by...

gradSERU in Europe and Beyond: Development and Planning Meeting

gradSERU in Europe and Beyond

10-11 October 2016, Utrecht, the Netherlands

For more information, please see the gradSERU website...

Exploring the Research University Advantage: SERU AAU and International Research Symposium

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium held its next Research Conference on the UC Berkeley campus with participants from our Association of American Universities (AAU) and International campus members, along with researchers and campuses interested in Consortium activities. The...

SERU Research Symposium: Politics and Policy -- A New Era for UG and Graduate Education

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Friday, June 16, 2017
Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus)

SERU logo with photo of each member university

SERU Symposium: Politics and Policy - A New Era For UG and Graduate Education

June 15-16, 2017
Location: Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus)
In an era of political flux and increased expectations that higher...

Undergraduate Education in the Public University Symposium

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Friday, March 11, 2016 9:00 a.m- 4pm David Brower Center,Goldman Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus Organized by the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, & the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium Co-Sponsors: UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor Symposium participants will explore the...

SERU CONSORTIUM BERKELEY SEMINAR International and Study Abroad Students: Supporting Global Engagement and Exploring a Research

The University of California campuses, along with most other U.S. research universities, are adapting curriculum and student support systems to prepare graduates for an internationally connected world. An immediate manifestation of the impact of global connections is the marked increase in international undergraduate enrollment. As these changes occur, it is essential that the University gather information and seek analysis to develop and refine programs such as education abroad that assist domestic students in developing cross-cultural knowledge and skills. And just as importantly, new...