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Imagine what a keynote address at the very first meeting of what has become the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) would have forecast about ASHE in the year 2015. Would the conveners of the first ASHE conference have guessed that:
∙ The number of ASHE members would grow sevenfold, rising from 300 in 1977 (Kellams, 1977) to more than 2,200 in 2015?
∙ The conference would no longer be held over two days in March, immediately preceding or following the annual American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) meeting, but instead would be a standalone conference held over four days and with seven pre-conferences?
∙ The general conference would have not six research paper sessions with 19 papers (as in 1978) but 129 research paper sessions with 352 papers (as in 2015)?
Copyright © 2016 Association for the Study of Higher Education. This article first appeared in The Review of Higher Education 39:3 (2016), 319-338. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Perna, L. W. (2016). Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Ten Ways to Ensure that Higher Education Research Continues to Matter. The Review of Higher Education, 39 (3), 319-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2016.0016
Date Posted: 06 November 2017
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