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Higher Education Research Institute

The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) is an interdisciplinary center for research, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education, based in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The center is home to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the longest-running empirical study of American higher education.

This entry provides an overview of HERI, including its creation, mission, activities, and the CIRP.

Creation and Mission

HERI was founded in 1982 by Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin, faculty in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. According to the HERI website, the organization’s mission is “to inform educational policy and promote institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on ...

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