44th Annual ASHE Conference
Portland, Oregon

Pre-Conference: November 13-14
Conference: November 14-16
Hilton Portland Downtown: 
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204


About the Annual Conference

The study of higher education is decades old. In 1976 the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) emerged from the now defunct American Association for Higher Education to become a location for scholars studying the postsecondary ecosystem in which they worked and the people who populated it.

Several generations of scholars later, ASHE is still a favored association for higher education researchers, but over time more members have developed careers as scholar-practitioners, policy leaders, and activists working in higher education as well as allied public and non-profit agencies. And at the same time, scholars of higher education find welcoming spaces in other academic associations (e.g., economics, political science, law). The result is a simultaneous consolidation and fracturing of what has come to be seen as the “higher education research community,” with continuing frustration that the potential for research to inform and influence practice and policy remains not fully realized. More than 40 years into this project, it is time to reimagine the study of higher education. 

At the 2019 ASHE Annual Conference, more than 1,500 
faculty, students, researchers, scholars, and practitioners will come together to consider what it takes to reimagine the study of higher education

The 2019 ASHE Annual Conference will include:
  • More than 500 research and scholarly paper presentations, 40 poster presentations, and over 100 roundtable papers presentations highlighting innovative empirical insights in the study of higher education.
  • Pre-conference forums focusing on the intersections of higher education with public policy, international higher education, race and ethnicity, academic programs, and athletics.
  • Graduate student events including the CEP Mentoring-Protege Program, CIHE Mentoring Network, and Graduate Student Policy Seminar.
  • Distinguished keynote speakers (2018 featured Brittany Cooper and Patricia Williams; this year's keynotes will be announced in Summer 2019) .
  • The annual ASHE Presidential Address by current ASHE President Kristen A. Renn.
  • Formal and informal networking through university and organizational receptions and group meet-ups.
  • Recognition and celebration of ASHE Award recipients.
  • The 10th Annual ASHE Dash 5k Run and 1k Walk.
  • And more!