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HESA Highlights
October 2019
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Swap a Pennant with Us! 

Attention HESA Graduates! Thank you to all of those who have swapped a pennant with us! We still have a limited number of IU pennants that we'd like to share with our alumni. In exchange, please send us one from the institution where you currently work. We'll showcase your pennant on a cork board in the School and share these images on social media to highlight where our alumni are working. Request your pennant at 

IU HESA Program no longer requires GRE!

We are excited to share that the IU HESA Program has removed the GRE requirement for the M.S.Ed., Ph.D., and Ed.D. programs effective immediately. IU HESA values a holistic review of all applicants and has intentionally removed the GRE as a barrier for access. Learn more about our program and application process for Fall 2020 here

HESA Alumni Visit IU for a SPA Networking Event

Students were recently able to spend time with HESA Alumni including Dr. Paula Rooney (M.S.Ed. ‘75; Ed.D. ‘78), Dr. Sharon Policello  (M.S.Ed. '75; Ph.D. ‘81), and Myra Morgan (M.S.Ed. ‘77) for a guided networking event hosted by the IU Student Personnel Association. Students were happy to share an afternoon with three legends in the field of higher education and student affairs!   

Dr. David Ambler receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. David A. Ambler (Ed.D.’66) has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU School of Education. This award is the highest honor the School bestows upon alumni and represents their invaluable contributions to the field of education. Ambler will receive his award at the Wendell W. Wright Education Building on Saturday, October 26. Ambler is currently Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Emeritus, at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Adrienne Thompson is appointed Inaugural Director of the Mason Care Network

Dr. Adrienne D. Thompson (M.S. Ed. ’12) was appointed as the inaugural Director for the Mason Care Network at George Mason University.  The Mason Care Network (MCN) consists of a team of professional success coaches providing holistic support for undergraduate students. That support will blend together academic advising, student engagement, career exploration, life and personal support, and inclusive well-being in a holistic coaching model to increase the retention rates and academic success of incoming students. The MCN is closely aligned with major academic advising in the Office of Undergraduate Education to create a seamless model to serve Mason students. 

Kyle McCool is named Senior Director for Academic Advising

Kyle McCool (M.S.Ed. ‘03) has recently been named Senior Director for Academic Advising at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In her new role, McCool will oversee Undergraduate Academic Advising and will have expanded responsibility for advising services for graduates and undergraduates at Webster’s extended campuses. McCool was previously the director of Graduate Advising where she helped grow and improve the New Graduate Student Orientation program to include an online orientation module and increase resources for advisors.

HESA offers Undergraduate Certificate in Student Affairs

HESA at IU currently offers an undergraduate certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs! This 15-credit hour, online program is designed for those interested in exploring the role of student affairs in higher education. Our program emphasizes the essential knowledge, intellectual competencies, and practical skills necessary to work within a higher education setting. You can learn more about the HESA undergraduate certificate here!

The Center for Postsecondary Research Moves to a New Location

In May, the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) moved off campus to the historic Cochran House, located at 405 N. Rogers Street. CPR is slated to remain at this location for a year or two, but will return to campus once space becomes available. While off campus, CPR has been able to maintain a presence within the School of Education with the use of SOE office 2008, which is used by project staff throughout the week as needed. For now, CPR continues to enjoy the beautiful, 100+ year old home, ample parking (what a treat!) and nearby downtown amenities, but looks forward to being back in close proximity to the School of Education. Visitors are always welcome to stop by and see what is going on in the Center.

News from the National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is excited to mark its 20th Anniversary! More than 1,600 colleges and universities in the U.S and Canada have participated in NSSE, millions of students responded to the survey, and institutions have used their data for a range of assessment and improvement activities.  As we enter our 3rd decade, we’ll be taking stock of the project’s accomplishments and looking ahead to our continuing role in focusing the national discourse on college quality and providing participating institutions diagnostic, actionable data to inform evidence-based improvement.

In 2019, NSSE successfully tested an updated Academic Advising Topical Module. The updated module aligns with best practices in academic advising, and was developed with input from expert advisors and with attention to National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) core values and competencies. Summary results reveal: 

  • Three in four first-year students worked with an assigned academic advisor to develop academic goals and future plans (see item 3a).
  • Three-quarters of first-year students at least sometimes discussed with someone who advised them about participation in co-curricular activities (see item 5d).
  • About 80% of seniors at least sometimes discussed how their major relates to their goals and future plans (see item 5b).
  • Most seniors reported that advisors and resources have been available when they needed them (see item 4a).

We’re pleased to provide institutions and college and university academic advisors information about students experiences in advising.

Updates from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement

HESA students and faculty enjoyed Dr. Meera E. Deo’s presentation on her recently published book, “Unequal Profession: Race & Gender in Legal Academia,” which draws from recently released data from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). Dr. Meera Deo is currently the Director of LSSSE which is housed in the Center for Postsecondary Research

You can view the new LSSSE report, "Relationships Matter," here. Data from this report draw from the responses of more than 18,000 students at 72 law schools who participated in the LSSSE Survey in 2018. Findings provide a compelling look at the importance of relationships in law school.

Current Ph.D. Student Seeks Support to Recruit Participants for her Dissertation Study

HESA family! Please see below for a message from a current doctoral student, Ting-Han Chang, who is seeking your support to recruit participants for her dissertation study!

My name is Ting-Han Chang and I am a Ph.D. candidate in HESA at Indiana University. I am hoping to connect with HESA alumni who currently work at or have connections in the following institutions as I will be conducting my dissertation study in the cities where these institutions are located. 

My dissertation is about undergraduate students and social justice leadership, and I am recruiting student leaders of color who are engaged in racial justice advocacy either on or off campus. The study will take place in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

I have compiled contact lists with specific offices & student organizations at each institution, such as the identity-based/multicultural offices, community engagement/service learning offices, and leadership centers/offices. Meanwhile, I would be very appreciative to have referral assistance from HESA alumni to share the study information on my behalf, especially those who have connections or work at any of the institutions located here

Please feel free to contact me at or 615-934-2565 if you would be willing to provide any assistance, and I will share the recruitment email message/flyer & a more detailed study information accordingly. Thank you for your consideration!

Usha Venkat's Photo is Featured on BBC News

Usha Venkat (M.S.Ed. '01) recently had her photo published on BBC News! The theme provided by BBC News was 'Relaxing.'
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Walton, A. (2019). Female philanthropy in the interwar world: between self and other. Women’s History Review28(4), 694–696. 
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