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2016 IHE Report News


With a new academic year underway, it is always interesting to look back at the achievements of the previous year. That’s exactly what we do with the annual IHE Report. The 2016 edition, which primarily covers events and activities from 2015-16, captures the many successes enjoyed by IHE students, faculty and alumni over the past year. We are proud to share news of their awards and honors, new jobs and promotions, and wide-ranging professional accomplishments.



FOR THE 10TH YEAR IN A ROW, the University of Georgia has claimed a Top 10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for higher education administration graduate programs offered by the Institute of Higher Education.

› In the magazine’s 2017 rankings of Best Grad Schools, IHE programs were ranked 6th by education school deans in the specialty category—the only southern school other than Vanderbilt (8th) to make the list.

Faculty Positions in Texas and Florida for New IHE Ph.D.S

DENISA GÁNDARA AND JARRETT WARSHAW, who recently earned degrees from the Ph.D. program in the Institute of Higher Education, have moved on to faculty positions at Southern Methodist University and Florida Atlantic University, respectively.


IHE PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR JAMES HEARN was among 13 higher education researchers and thought leaders nationally who authored a series of papers released by the Lumina Foundation in 2015-16.

The papers offer insights into how states and their public institutions have implemented outcomes-based funding models to improve upon decades-old performance- and enrollment-based funding approaches

The signing of an MoU with the University of Rijeka takes IHE-Croatia collaborations to a new level.

LUCIA BRAJKOVIC had earned a degree from the University of Zagreb and was working as a public relations officer there when she met Ed Simpson and learned about the long-standing cooperation between Croatia and IHE.

As the 4th Executive Ed.D. cohort began studies in January, a new associate director came on board with them.

WHEN THE MEMBERS of the 4th cohort of IHE’s Executive Ed.D. program came together for the first time last January, they were not the only ones new to the program. Leslie Gordon was barely a month into her job as associate director, succeeding Elisabeth Hughes, who had retired in November after several years in the position.

The Georgia College Advising Corps helps high school students further their education

GCAC 2016-2017 Partner High Schools

Benjamin Mays High School, BEST Academy High School, Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Central High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School, Drew Charter School, Grady High School, Maynard Jackson High School, Meadowcreek High School, North Atlanta High School, Rockdale County High School, Salem High School, Therrell High School, and Westside High School

YARBRAH PEEPLES (Ph.D. 2012) began working with the Georgia College Advising Corps while still a graduate student at IHE and became director of the program after earning her doctoral degree.

Her interest in higher education access and success issues related to first generation, low-income and minority students dovetail well with her GCAC responsibilities.

IHE FELLOWS hold renewable, three-year appointments to the Institute of Higher Education and contribute to the Institute’s programs and intellectual community.

James Soto, Antony Senior Lecturer on Education, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

Angela Bell, Associate Vice Chancellor Research and Policy Analysis, University System of Georgia

Christopher Cornwell, Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

Houston Davis, Interim President, Kennesaw State University

IHE Welcomes New Postdoctoral Fellow Ashley Clayton

ASHLEY CLAYTON joined the Institute of Higher Education in August after earning her Ph.D. in educational research and policy analysis at North Carolina State University, where she gained research and teaching experience, in addition to rigorous methodological training.

EARL LEWIS GREW UP WITH an appreciation for a college education, fostered by his maternal grandmother. The daughter of a man born into slavery, who still managed to learn to read and write, she aspired to attend college but never made it; the money she had saved to pay her way having gone to more pressing needs. But she passed her ambition on to her children and grandchildren.


THE 2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR was a good one for Jason Lee, an IHE graduate student and research assistant. Last November, he was named the 2016 recipient of the Miller Fellowship, awarded annually to an IHE doctoral student of high promise. The fellowship was established in 2005 to honor former Georgia Governor Zell Miller and his wife, Shirley, and Lee is the tenth recipient of the award.

LINDA BACHMAN (Ed.D. 2013) was recently asked to speak to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education about UGA’s experiential learning initiative, which goes into effect with this year’s entering freshman class. As UGA director of experiential learning, Bachman started working on the initiative in 2014. After it was approved for implementation, she worked with UGA schools and colleges to draft plans for how each would define the activities that fulfill the new requirement.

Professional Fields represented by Entering Executive EdD Students:

Randy L. Swing’s career in higher education spans more than 35 years with appointments as executive director of the Association for Institutional Research and co-director and senior scholar for the Policy Center on the First Year of College. Prior to national leadership positions, he worked for 20 years at Appalachian State University creating first-year student success initiatives and founding the Office of Learning Outcomes Assessment.

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