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Message from our President: Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.
Since its founding in 1993, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has been dedicated to access and success in postsecondary education for all students. We strongly believe that all people should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential by participating and succeeding in college. Not only does higher education confer benefits to individuals, but increased degree attainment rates also offer significant benefits to society. Given current workforce and socio-economic demands–on both a national and global scale–it is critical to increase the rates of access and success in college and increase rates of bachelor’s degree attainment, particularly for underrepresented groups in particular.
Because of our commitment to increasing access and success in postsecondary education around the world, IHEP produces critical research to inform key decision makers. In fact, IHEP has produced groundbreaking research and designed innovative programs that have been critical to policy development and implementation on the federal, state, institutional, and international levels. Our research portfolio is comprehensive, and aligns with our policy priorities that cover every major facet of higher education, including topics on access and success; equity; affordability; finance; accountability; and replicable solutions at the federal, state, institutional, and local levels. These reports are frequently referenced by postsecondary education leaders and policymakers.
IHEP’s influence is far-reaching and has informed postsecondary education discussions within the international community. Similar to our domestic work, our global efforts are focused on enhancing educational opportunities for all students, particularly those who reside in developing countries or emerging democracies.
Our website is a compendium of information about key issues related to postsecondary access and success—all with the goal of providing insight into the challenges facing today’s students. Because of IHEP’s independent, nonpartisan status, our work does not reflect the interests of a particular funder, institutional sector, or political group.
On behalf of the staff, we hope you find our website to be a valuable resource. We also hope you will return often to continually examine key issues in higher education policy.
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.
Institute for Higher Education Policy