Faculty and students of the Graduate Program in Higher Education are actively involved in many research projects. Below are a few links to current higher education research conducted within our scholarly community. Visit this section frequently for the latest information about research projects and scholarly achievements.
How — and how well—is graduate education responding to global trends? An international group of educators met in an effort to find out. In the first of a series of three planned meetings, scholars, funders, and policy makers in doctoral education from 14 countries and six continents gathered here Sept. 6-10 to discuss the state of graduate education worldwide at the international conference, Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Internationally, organized by CIRGE. For a complete summary, download the press release.
In the autumn of 2004, GPHE launched a public lecture series entitled Contemporary Issues in Higher Education that features noted researchers and other influential thinkers in the field of higher education.
Speakers included Frances Contreras (Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies), whose talk was entitled "Latinas/os in the Ph.D. Pipeline: A Case of Historical and Contemporary Exclusion." Also speaking was Maresi Nerad (Associate Professor, EDLPS; Director, Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education; and Associate Dean for Research, The Graduate School). Her lecture was entitled, "Australia’s Higher Education Development: On the Path to Becoming a Knowledge Nation."
Funded by the Ford Foundation, CIRGE is engaged in several innovative research projects that promise to make important contributions to graduate education reform. For more information, visit their website.
An innovative project sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation examines how the high-tech industry can work with higher education in a variety of disciplines to socialize current and future faculty members to develop innovative uses of technology in their teaching. Microsoft developed the Future Professors Pilot in June, 2003, to have the opportunity to work with selected universities on a new initiative to prepare future professors for 21st Century teaching and learning. The pilot includes three universities — North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington--with each identifying four meritorious doctoral candidates from different departments to work with Microsoft.
The respective candidates chose a professor mentor with whom to work in developing and implementing an innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. The primary goal of the pilot was for the student-faculty teams to develop teaching and learning models through the use of Microsoft technologies.
The project was evaluated and documented by Professor James Antony, who explored the following research questions as part of the evaluation: How can higher education and the high-tech industry work jointly to socialize doctoral students aspiring to faculty careers to teach using technology in the clasroom? How does the challenge of innovating in the clasroom with technology shape the process of bi-directional socilization among doctoral students and faculty advisors?
Professor Ed Taylor has launched a new research project that examines the influences of marketing, the social construction of race and achievement, and school culture on student achievement, academic identity, and ultimately college aspirations. This qualitiative study is examining these issues among ethnic minority high school students in Washington, Wisconsin, and California.
Professor William Zumeta and doctoral student Joyce S. Raveling co-authored, "Attracting the Best and Brightest into Science and Engineering," which appears in Issues in Science and Technology, Winter, 2002. The underlying research was supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation. Download a pdf of the paper.
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