2023 Graduate Student Policy Seminar

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

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

  • 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 or who are in the process of developing 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 Schedule

  • Welcome
  • Networking Activity
  • Panel I: Policy-Relevant Academic Papers 
  • Breakout Rooms w/ Panelists for Q&A Conversation
  • Lunch Break
  • Panel II: Policy-Relevant Reports
  • Breakout Rooms w/ Panelists for Q&A Conversation
  • Break
  • Policy Roundtables in Breakout Rooms
  • Closing Remarks
  • Optional: Happy Hour

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 event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Staff at (202) 660-4106 or office@ashe.ws.


  • 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 jason@ashe.ws.
  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: Thursday, March 2 Noon Central/Minneapolis Time.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at https://www.ashe.ws/accessibility2022.
  • 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.​