Our Mission

The CENTER FOR INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION  (CIHE) at the University of South Carolina seeks to cultivate the space for public intelligence concerning socially, culturally, and educationally vital ideas that can be advanced by research, education, best practices, and conversation at the interdisciplinary seams of education and other social sciences including the humanities, behavioral sciences, and STEM fields. 

The Center supports interdisciplinary projects that are designed to advance public intelligence around central priorities of education and our society, with particular attention to post-secondary institutions, research and innovation. The CIHE’s own research activities at this time focus on leadership challenges and talent management issues in contemporary educational and non-profit organizations.

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"The climate in higher education is ripe for change and innovation. With a little courage, ingenuity and creativity, the best is yet to come."

— Lemuel Watson, Executive Director



The CIHE organizes its activities around issues that are socially and culturally important and that can be advanced by bringing together multi-disciplinary knowledge and practice. We acknowledge that learning and education are interdisciplinary, involves multiple sectors and that solving today’s problems and tomorrow's challenges should involve various industries.

  • The Center provides the space and opportunities to bring the intersection of education, social structure and individual narrative, their mutual construction, and the dynamics by which they emerge.

  • Our approach is purposefully interdisciplinary, but we do not disavow disciplinary differences. We build on them to preserve the power of the qualities of disciplines while integrating the strengths each offers.

The ideas we pursue, the issues we consider, and the approaches we use will change over time. Specific projects and activities will change accordingly. In all of our efforts, our goal is to create new ways of generating important knowledge by building and deepening new seams at the intersections of higher education disciplines.