Special & Local Initiatives


Higher education is facing an existential crisis like we have never known before. The global pandemic and the accompanying financial fall-out have questioned long-held assumptions about the value and values of higher education, who it serves, and who it excludes or leaves behind.

ASHE 2020 President KerryAnn O’Meara has asked members of our community who engage in research, practice and policy-making around higher education areas most impacted by COVID-19 to lead webinars in September and October, sharing their research and best practices, with a particular focus on equity for students, faculty, and staff to thrive in higher education. 

Each webinar requires registration at least 24 hours in advance. Registration is free for current ASHE members and members of co-sponsoring groups and $10 for those who aren't current members. Live captioning will be provided for all events.


This collaboration between ASHE and colleague higher education associations and funding agencies (e.g. SHEEO, the Louisiana Board of Regents, Education Commission of the States, American Council on Education, and Spencer Foundation) to partner with New Orleans and Louisiana institutions and organizations on higher education issues of local concern (with state and national implications). Our goal is to form research to practice teams, which include scholars and practitioners, to produce some product of value, such as a brief or evidence-based tool that can inform policy and practice.


The Full Participation Video Challenge invites ASHE members to submit a 3 minute video imagining what full participation should, could, or does look like in a particular area in higher education. Grounded in research, practice, and/or evidence based strategies, the ASHE member will follow instructions similar to a 3Minute Thesis competition of presenting a compelling problem and highlighting potential solutions that are based on research, theory, and/or practice. Presenters should explain how their recommendations would advance full participation for a specifically named group. We welcome critical perspectives and radical imagination about what has to change in order for full participation to be possible.


As part of the ASHE 2020 continued commitment to engage with New Orleans and Louisiana, we ask you to join us in our partnership with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). ASHE members can help ACAC & LOFSA kick off the college application season by participating in #WhyApply (to college) Day on Friday, September 18, 2020. We encourage you to wear your college gear (t-shirt, hats, pins, etc.) and share on social media why you believe students should apply to college and/or why you applied to college. Be sure to use the #WhyApply hashtag and tag @LOSFA, @American_cac, @ASHEoffice in your post. You can also use the #WhyApply template attached and post a photo of you holding it.