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 oldest and most respected program of higher education studies in the University System of Georgia.

Dogwood TreeThe Institute's doctoral program has been ranked continuously in the top ten among approximately 110 programs of higher education nationwide (U.S. News and World Report) for the past decade. 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 or by phone, 706-542-3464.