Graduate Student Policy Seminar

This event has concluded for 2023, please check back soon for information on the 2024 program.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:00am-4:00pm Central/Minneapolis Time
Event will be held virtually

The Graduate Student Policy Seminar, presented by the ASHE Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), 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. 

Who should attend

  • Doctoral students who are in the process process of developing their proposal who are interested in the intersections of public policy and higher education
  • Doctoral students whose dissertation research focuses on public policy issues 
  • Doctoral students who have successfully defended their proposal and are interested in public policy issues
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
All attendees of the Seminar are also invited to attend a special follow up workshop offered by the Scholars Strategy Network at no additional cost.

Scholars Strategy Network Graduate Student Policy Brief Writing Workshop
Thursday, March 30, 2023
10:00am-11:30am Central/Minneapolis Time
Event will be held virtually


Thursday, March 9
ASHE Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) Graduate Student Policy Seminar

  • Introductions & Welcome
  • Policy Research Projects
  • Funding Policy-Relevant Research
  • Break for Lunch
  • Policymaking Roundtables
  • Recent Graduate Roundtables

Thursday, March 30
Graduate Student Policy Brief Writing Workshop

Presented by:

All attendees of the Graduate Student Policy Seminar are also invited to attend this special follow up workshop offered at no additional cost.

The digital workshop will last 90 minutes. During it, you'll have the chance to:
  • Learn how policy briefs are used in the policymaking process
  • Understand the components of a policy brief
  • Begin writing the outline of your brief through a guided exercise with feedback
  • Read and evaluate a sample policy brief
  • Learn best practices for sharing your brief with a policymaker

Graduate Student Policy Workshop Event Chair

Jason C. Lee
American Institutes for Research

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the Graduate Student Policy Seminar. Questions about registration or event logistics, or the Scholars Strategy Network Graduate Student Policy Brief Writing Workshop can be directed to the ASHE Staff at (202) 660-4106 or


  • 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: Thursday, March 2 Noon Central/Minneapolis Time.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests, 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.
  • ​All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.​