Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 18 2011—The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. and committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students, is being honored today at the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) 2011 Annual Conference. ASHE is presenting IHEP with its Special Merit Award, which recognizes a person, group, or organization for “offering a valuable perspective for studying and understanding colleges and universities.” IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., accepted the award.
For almost 20 years, IHEP has been a strong advocate on all matters related to access and success in postsecondary education. Even the organization’s vision—to help all people, particularly populations who have been underserved, have the opportunity to reach their full potential by participating and succeeding in higher education—is expressly reflected in its work through such publications as Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults and Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing; strategic partnerships via the National Coalition for College Completion and the Pathways to College Network; and innovative programs that link IHEP’s work to institutional and policy leaders across the United States and around the world.
“We are pleased to receive such a well-respected award for our efforts in higher education research. IHEP works hard every day to develop innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to address our nation’s most pressing education challenges,” said Cooper. “Our team of talented and committed individuals—who join me in accepting this important award—work hard to put forth ideas that help shape and contribute to policymakers’ understanding of the complexities in higher education research, policy, and practice.”
ASHE promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications, including its highly regarded journal, The Review of Higher Education. ASHE is committed to diversity in its programs and membership, and has enjoyed extraordinary success in involving graduate students in association activities.