Our Mission

To cultivate intelligent public discourse concerning social/cultural ideas and practices that advance democracy and education, with particular attention to the implications for post-secondary research and innovation.

Our Vision

Serve as the hub of transformative ideas, research and services that reshape education to be socially responsible and equitable for all.

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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.