HESA Doctoral Program Welcome

Doctoral HESA Program Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Indiana University Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) doctoral program website. The HESA faculty and students welcome your interest and are pleased you are taking some time to explore how our programs can fit into your educational journey. HESA has a long history of preparing administrators and we continue that tradition today with faculty specializing in assessment, economics and finance, enrollment management, history, institutional research, student affairs, student development, and teaching and learning. Below I highlight a couple areas that make our program unique. If you have questions about the IU HESA program, please send us an e-mail at hesa@indiana.edu.

The Faculty. With a deep understanding of the fields of higher education and student affairs as well as significant administrative, teaching, and research experience, HESA faculty members bring to their work inside and outside of the classroom the idea that theory and practice, research and administration, teaching and scholarship must inform one another.

The Center for Postsecondary Research.  Among the most productive Centers in the field of higher education, our Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) is home to multiple projects, including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its affiliated surveys. CPR projects have received funding from sources including: the College Board, the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Lumina Education Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Spencer Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Studies.  The total revenue from CPR’s funded activities typically exceeds $3-4 million annually.

We wish you the best, hope you continue your investigation of our programs, and encourage you learn more about us through our Doctoral Virtual Visit.


Thomas F. Nelson Laird
HESA Program Coordinator