Graduate Student Policy Seminar

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
10:00am-4:00pm Central/New Orleans Time
Event will be held virtually

The Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) Graduate Student Policy Seminar provides graduate students with opportunities to interact with researchers and policymakers who are knowledgeable about critical public policy issues related to higher education. The seminar also offers participants an opportunity to engage other advanced graduate students with similar interests and ambitions from universities across the nation. 

This event is sponsored by:

Who should attend

  • Graduate students in higher education programs who are interested in the intersections of public policy and higher education
  • Graduate students who have successfully defended their proposal
  • Graduate students whose dissertation research focuses on public policy issues (broadly defined). 
Learning/Program Outcomes
The Graduate Student Policy Seminar will
  1. Engage students in critical analysis of substantive state and federal policy issues that influence American higher education (such as free college/finance, financial aid, accountability, equity and social justice, HEA reauthorization, degree attainment, governance and leadership, the CARES Act to name a few) and institutional responses to and agency in shaping those policies.
  2. Expose students to career networks crucial for transition to scholarship or policy work
Tentative 2020 Schedule
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Policy Panel #1
  • Policy Topic Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch in Small Groups: Developing and Sustaining Mentor Relationships
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Policy Panel #2
  • Large and Small Group Wrap Up & Closing

Event Co-Chairs

Event Support
  • Leandra Cate, Penn State University
  • Marlon Fernandez Castro, Penn State University
  • Jean McMahon, Penn State University


  • The seminar fee is $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
  • The fee is typically expected to be covered by the student's program for the in-person event. We strongly encourage programs to cover the registration fee for the virtual event as well. If additional documentation is needed, please contact ASHE Executive Director Jason Guilbeau at
  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: October 14, Noon Pacific
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests (see for more information), and answer a few event-related questions.
    • **You will be asked to answer the questions (1)  "Briefly describe (50 words or less) your interest in the study of public policy in higher education" and (2) "Please share the working title of your dissertation study. Please note that students studying a broad array of topics that may inform state, federal, local, and institutional higher education policies are eligible to participate." We suggest you prepare this ahead of time and paste it into the box. This will help event chairs better plan for the event.