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The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

About the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) offers comprehensive leadership development programs designed for higher education administrators — from directors, department heads, and deans, to vice presidents, provosts, and presidents. Because the leadership issues you face depend on your position, we group you with peers who share similar experiences and perspectives.

Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has developed new and redesigned virtual offerings tailored to meet the critical needs of higher education administrators in this moment. We will continue to offer virtual programs and engagements exclusively through August 2021. The health, safety, and well-being of our community continue to be our top priority.  

Featured Programs

The Online Classroom: Strategies for Higher Ed Teaching and Learning | Learn More →
Strengthen online teaching and learning in your higher education context through a new workshop that helps you improve your teaching and communication skills, design engaging learning experiences, and build a supportive classroom community in virtual environments.

Aligning Strategic Priorities with Financial Resources in Higher Education | Learn More →
Gain new insights into tools, techniques, and financial concepts that can help you align and support your institution’s strategic goals.

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education | Learn More →
Explore the strategic and operational issues for your campus to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises.

Presidential Programs

Harvard Seminar for New Presidents | Learn More → 
Gain the support of expert faculty and a community of extraordinary peers throughout your first year in your new role as a college/university president.

Harvard Seminar for Presidential Leadership | Learn More → 
Reflect on where you are in your presidency, consider the choices that lie ahead for you and your institution and gain practical insights into important topics in higher education.

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Discover Relevant Resources: 
  • The Harvard Gazette Article: "Making Higher Education Anti-Racist"
    Ibram X. Kendi, Director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research and the 2020-21 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Scholar details possible reforms in admissions, faculty representation.
  • The New Yorker Article: "What Do Colleges Owe Their Most Vulnerable Students?"
    Most discussion of college students has revolved around the risks they pose to others. But many are on campus because they have nowhere else to go. Nancy Hill, HGSE Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, and Anthony Jack, HGSE Assistant Professor and Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows are quoted in this piece.
  • The Harvard Gazette Article: "An Uncertain Financial Road Ahead"
    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create financial challenges for colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard. The Harvard Gazette recently spoke with Thomas Hollister,  Harvard’s VP for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, about the current outlook and how leaders of the University and its Schools and units are doing in their efforts to protect the health of the community as well as to preserve Harvard’s enduring mission to teaching and research.
  • Usable Knowledge Article: "Enhancing Online Discussions"
    As classrooms and lecture halls shifted to computer screens to facilitate remote education plans, Harvard Kennedy School’s Dan Levy noticed that the ways teachers communicated were changing too. Discover tips for on how Zoom features can enrich — rather than inhibit — classroom communication.
  • HGSE Assistant Professor Anthony Jack in the Xchange: Higher Ed's Hidden Curriculum
    In this episode on Higher Ed’s Hidden Curriculum, Anthony Jack shares insights from his award-winning research on how inequality and poverty shape the life chances of college students.
  • "Insights from a Remote Learning Innovator"
    SNHU's president, Paul LeBlanc, spoke with Dean Bridget Long about higher education in the time of coronavirus.
  • Usable Knowledge Article: "When a Campus Closes"
    Early and accurate communication, with clear connection to resources, will help vulnerable students — and all students — navigate disruption.

We encourage you to contact us at if you have any questions about what HIHE has to offer.

Experience HIHE

Participants bring multiple perspectives from a broad range of institutions, including large research universities, comprehensive regional institutions, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges — creating a rich, multi-layered and dynamic learning environment in which your thinking and approaches will be challenged and you will gain insight from the research and teaching of our outstanding faculty and your peers. With a world-renowned faculty, an almost 50-year history of advancing the practice of higher education administrators, and a vibrant network of thousands of alumni who maintain long-term relationships and return to HIHE as their careers advance, our programs will have a transformative impact on your practice.

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