Berger appointed chair of global higher education initiative

Joseph B. Berger, professor and Senior Associate Dean, UMass Amherst College of Education, was appointed chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR), an initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a global higher education and research network comprising 18 universities and spanning 11 countries on five continents. WUN works to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance. Its initiatives are supported by partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.

GHEAR addresses the sources, mechanisms and social structures that give rise to today’s higher education challenges and works to propose reform policies for international research and education. GHEAR’s research theme for 2015-2016 is “Access and Equity in Higher Education: Economic and Social Outcomes of Diversity and Globalization.”

Berger is a distinguished education leader with interests in postsecondary educational leadership and organizational systems and institutions in high need international contexts such as Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Egypt, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Russia, and Colombia.

He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and has served on the editorial boards of top journals such as Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of College Student Retention. His work has generated more than $50 million in external funding from agencies and foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His work has been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Read more at (Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Connecticut Post, Greenfield Reporter [Ind.], Western Mass. News [all from AP], Gazette, 10/25/15

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