The Institute of Higher Education was established in 1964 by the University of Georgia in response to a recommendation by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to establish one or two centers for the study of higher education in the region. Since then, the Institute has graduated more than 200 doctoral students to fill leadership positions in Georgia colleges and universities and beyond, including presidents, development officers, institutional researchers, deans, department chairs, and faculty. UGA offers the only program of higher education studies in the University System of Georgia.

University of GeorgiaThe Institute's doctoral program is ranked 6th among approximately 110 programs of higher education nationwide (U.S. News and World Report). Several of the Institute's tenured faculty members also hold adjunct appointments in other colleges and schools including the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Public Health. Institute faculty, staff, and students work on projects funded by a variety of funding sources, including federal agencies and private foundations. Nearly all funded research and service projects involve and support Institute graduate students.

Public service was a major function of the Institute in the early years and continues to be a focus. Programs include Faculty Development in Georgia, which has enabled more than 250 faculty members from colleges and universities across the state to pursue doctoral education while participating in Institute seminars designed to improve teaching and learning. Our newest outreach program, the Georgia College Advising Corps, is entirely supported by private funds and aims to improve college-going in Georgia through the placement of recent college graduates as college advisers in Georgia high schools.

The Institute is committed to advancing state, national, and international higher education. To learn more about our research, graduate education, and outreach, please explore our website. Contact us at ihe@uga.edu or by phone, 706-542-3464.


To improve postsecondary education policy and practice in the state, region, and beyond, in order to:

  • produce the highest quality policy-relevant research;
  • educate both scholars and practitioners capable of producing and applying such research;
  • provide expertise to help guide postsecondary policy formulation and implementation;
  • promote the highest quality teaching in Georgia's colleges and universities;
  • support the scholarship and activities of first-rate public service and outreach; and
  • ensure that the Institute of Higher Education will be regarded as the model of excellence in higher education, recognized for its integration of teaching, research and outreach.

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