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Thursday, June 30, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Ashley Burnside (EdD 2019) has been named the director of the center for student success at the University of Southern Mississippi starting July 1, 2022.

Monday, June 27, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Dominique A. Quarles (PhD 2019) has been named Georgia Southern University's associate vice president for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer starting August 1, 2022.

The institution has committed to making inclusive excellence a strategic pillar and a core value. Quarles' position is essential to achieving that goal.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

On June 20th, Dr. Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) tweeted an announcement of her latest publication in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. "Who enrolls in internationalized courses? An exploration of at-home access at one community college" is available on APA PsychNet's website.

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum returned as an in-person gathering on June 6-9, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The MIHE community was well represented with presentations each day and with Karen Webber transitioning to president of the organization on Wednesday, June 8.Check out the sessions below. More information about the conference and list of all programs 

AIR Forum 2022 Tuesday, June 7 12:45-1:30 PST

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Melissa Whatley's quip on Twitter is representative of the humor and approachability that she brings to quantitative analysis. She writes, "when I was in the first grade all I wanted to do was be an author. I’m not sure a quant methods textbook is what 5-year-old me had in mind, but maybe this will do."

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Joy Blanchard (MIHE PhD) and Ashley Clayton (former postdoctoral associate) were honored for their contributions to the LSU community at a special awards ceremony on May 4 for university faculty.

Blanchard received the 2022 Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member at the rank of associate professor who serves as a model for the community in demonstration of a commitment to peace, equality, and social justice.

Blanchard is an associate professor in the College of Human Sciences & Education.

Friday, April 22, 2022

by Larissa Lozano

Although there is substantial writing by academics from working-class backgrounds, there is little research on the relationship between social class and positions in academia. 

To address this gap in research, Karly Riffe (MIHE PhD 2018), Meghan Pifer, Jacob Hartz, and Maria Ibarra gathered narratives from over 200 working-class academics (WCA) to understand how they contribute to student goals and development. Their findings appear in Innovative Higher Education.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

by Larissa Lozano

Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) and Stijn Daenekindt, (Ghent University), take a unique approach to researching performance-based funding (PBF). While previous research focused narrowly on states that have implemented, their study also includes states that have not implemented this policy through data modeling and analysis of PBF-related rhetoric in newspapers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

A large number of MIHE students, faculty, alumni, and former postdoctoral associates are participating in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century. The meeting was held April 21-26, 2002 with participants able to attend virtually and in-person in San Diego, CA.

AERA 2022 Thursday, April 21 2:30-4:00

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

by Larissa Lozano

“Despite the centrality of academic structure to [higher education organizations] and their work, our knowledge of it is limited,” says Sondra Barringer, MIHE postdoctoral associate 2013-2016. She aims to bridge this knowledge gap through her article “Understanding Academic Structure: Variation, Stability, and Change at the Center of the Modern Research University” for The Review of Higher Education. Using data about research universities with doctoral programs from 2012-2013 and 2017-2018 academic years, Barringer answers the following questions. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

As enrollment in graduate programs is increasing, so is educational debt. Many students wonder if they can afford to stay in school and how they can reduce the debt burden of attending college.

Using national data on student finance and institutional expenditures, Karen Webber, professor emerita of higher education at the McBee Institute of Higher Education, and Rachel Burns (MIHE Ph.D. 2018) a senior policy analyst at SHEEO, relate trends in student demographics and institution types on the amount of graduate debt. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

When Le-Quita Booth enrolled in the Ed.D program at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education (now the Louise McBee Institute) in the mid-1980s, she had no difficulty articulating her motivation. She was told that she needed a doctoral degree to be considered for the promotion she wanted. So, she pursued and obtained the degree while continuing to work full time.

Friday, February 18, 2022

by Larissa Lozano

Rachel Burns, MIHE alumna, will lead and develop a multi-year research initiative to quantify the impacts of college closures in partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. In her new role as senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), she also will support other organization priorities in policy evaluation and research.

Friday, February 11, 2022

by Larissa Lozano

Brantley conducted interviews with chief academic officers and uncovered eleven key insights into what exactly makes chief academic officers stay or leave their positions. Brantley cites recent research indicating that 47% of CAOs have been in their positions three years or less and the median term is around six years. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Dr. Kellie McElroy Hooper has been appointed as the first dean of the School for Public and Professional Services at Augusta Technical College. 

“I believe learning is a lifelong experience that can be life changing. Learning promotes growth, curiosity, and increases self-confidence,” Hooper says. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

The McBee Institute proudly announces the following students earned their degrees during the fall 2021

Monday, December 6, 2021

Joy Blanchard, LSU professor and MIHE graduate, admits that she calculated how long it would take her university's football coach, at his salary, to earn her salary for "a little dark fun." But the answer, 2.6 days, is even more stark than anticipated.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Barrett Taylor (PhD 2012) is quoted extensively in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the University of Florida controversy surrounding the barring of professors to testify in litigation against the state (‘I’m Speechless’: What prompted the U of Florida to tell professors not to testify?)

Members of the university administration defended the denials on loose "conflict of interest" claims. "As UF is a state actor, litigation against the state is adverse to UF's interests," wrote Gary Wimsett, assistant vice president for conflicts of interest.

Monday, October 11, 2021

McBee IHE graduate Angie Royer led a Zoomtable on campus work forces, Adapting and Thriving in an Ever-changing World. The pandemic forced faculty and students to dive into remote learning, and it introduced many staff members and their supervisors to teleworking.

Royer shared emerging research and data to unpack how higher education institutions and other industries are incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic into increased work force flexibility. She also presented data on demographic differences in attitudes toward and experience with teleworking.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Following his graduation in May 2021, Kanler Cumbass (MEd) started as a post-graduate intern for the Education Strategy Group (ESG). He hopes to work with administrations to uplift marginalized student populations. His main research interests include Title IV/financial aid policy, and the impact student finances have on degree attainment.

Cumbass said, "[T]he organization believes that high-quality higher education leads to economic growth and mobility for underserved students and communities. My personal values deeply align with ESG, and I am excited to get to work!"

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) joined the University of Texas as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

Her research agenda broadly explores higher education policy and finance, with an emphasis on populations historically excluded from and underserved in higher education. Gándara is a William T. Grant Scholar and the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Andrew Crain (PhD 2020) won first place in the Journal of Science Policy & Governance Policy position paper competition.

His paper, "Inclusive Science Policy and Economic Development in the 21st Century: The Case for Rural America," provides four key recommendations for a more equitable science policy that taps into the rich potential of the rural US. "[T]he next frontier of science policy could very well be rural inclusion," said Crain.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Kyle Tschepikow (PhD 2012) is the executive director for business engagement and innovation, effective August 2021.

In this newly-formed position, he oversees the formation of the Office of Business Engagement., a merger of Corporate Relations and Industry Engagement.

In addition to providing strategic leadership of the UGA Innovation District. Kyle's work will seek to strengthen university/industry collaboration to benefit student opportunities and other partnerships.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Dr. Russell Keen, (EdD, 2019), an administrator with more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, has been named executive vice president for administration and chief of staff to Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel.

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