AHEAD produces knowledge and advances effective policies and practices by conducting high-quality research and publishing the results of these studies in scholarly publications and books, presenting research findings at meetings of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, and disseminating the results of the research in the popular media. Drawing on multiple theoretical frameworks and utilizing multiple research methodologies, AHEAD’s research projects produce critical insights into the forces that promote and limit the public purposes of higher education and have important implications for institutional practice and public policy. The knowledge produced by these projects informs our capacity-building work and professional-development programs. These projects focus on improving understanding of:
- The role of public policies and institutional practices in reducing and perpetuating stratification in the opportunity to participate and benefit from higher education;
- The societal forces that promote and limit the public purposes of higher education institutions;
- The internal and external forces that limit and promote full engagement in the shared governance of a higher education institution; and
- Ways to empower students to become future civic leaders and agents of change in a democratic society.