Institute News 

Teboho Moja addresses critical contributions needed for sustainability in African higher education 

September 4, 2016

Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, was recently quoted in University World News article, Multiple Positive Signs for African Higher Education. In the article, she discusses the importance of higher education to Africa's knowledge economy and strategies for sustainability in African higher education.

Stella Flores discusses the Racial College Completion Gap in Ed-Talks

February 18, 2016

Stella Flores, Director of Access and Equity, the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and Associate Professor of Higher Education, recently gave an Ed-Talk at the American Educational Research Association's Knowledge Forum on the Race College Completion Gap.

Ann Marcus quoted in Market Watch on proposal for free tuition at Harvard

January 19, 2016

Ann Marcus, Director of the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and Professor in Higher Education, was quoted in a recent Market Watch article, Free tuition at Harvard? Sounds great. Here's the problemdiscussing the proposal by five candidates running to be part of one of Harvard’s governing bodies to make tuition free to all undergraduates at Harvard.


Stella Flores' research on percent plans featured in ETS Education Research Update

December, 2015

The latest issue of ETS Education Research Update features research related to the Supreme Court's recent decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, which favored the need for educational diversity with strict scrutiny from the courts on how to achieve it. Among the papers is Texas Top Ten Percent Plan: How It Works, What Are Its Limits, and Recommendations to Consider by Professors Stella Flores, New York University and The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and Catherine Horn, University of Houston and The Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation. They have done extensive research to provide a new synthesis of research on percent plans. Their paper discusses college admissions strategies appropriate within the nation's developing law by examining percent plans, an alternative race-neutral path to college admissions in Texas, California and Florida. View the paper here.


Stella Flores weighs in on the Supreme Court reconsidering Affirmative Action

December 10, 2015

Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, spoke on the Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the Supreme Court reconsidering Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could have major consequences for affirmative action programs across the country. The affirmative action method in question supplements the "percent plan" and provides a secondary admissions policy based on race. Flores says her research proves that the percent plan alone does not meet the "educational mission" of the university.

Flores has been named NPR Source of the Week.

She has been quoted on the topic in the following publications:

The Wall Street Journal

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

International Business Times



18 Leading Higher Education Research Centers and Institutes Call for Knowledge on Campus Shootings

October 19, 2015

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy joins other leading higher education research centers and institutes in a call for further knowledge and research on the increasingly critical issue of university and college campus shootings. See article.


Ann Marcus quoted in U.S. News & World Report article on academic tenure law in Wisconsin

June 12, 2015

Ann Marcus, Director of the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and Professor in Higher Education, was quoted in the U.S. News and World Report article, Scott Walker, Professors Clash over Tenure in Wisconsin on June 12th regarding the state legislature's budget plan which may remove legal safeguards for academic tenure in Wisconsin.


NYU Steinhardt host panel on undocumented college students

April 2, 2015

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy hosted a panel discussion, “Undocumented College Students: In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower.” The event covered findings of America’s first survey of undocumented college students, published earlier this year by researchers at UCLA.

The UCLA Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education released the findings of its nationwide study of undocumented undergraduates, which for the first time, sheds light on the needs and challenges of undocumented college students. The report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, carries implications for policy makers as well as colleges and universities.

 Video of the event

 Recent article: Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems

Five Things You May Not Have Known about DACA


Media coverage on our event, "Private Dollars for Public Purposes: Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher Education Reform?"

October 25, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Foundations Attract More Scrutiny as Their Influence on Academe Grows

"Powerful private foundations are drawing increased scrutiny as their influence on the agenda for higher-education reform has grown, but their role is not a particularly new one in the history of American academe, according to panelists at a discussion on Friday at New York University.

The discussion, 'Private Dollars for Public Purposes: Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher-Education Reform?,' considered whether the dominance of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation is sidelining disparate voices on important policy debates."


Steinhardt Institute Delegation attends From Principles to Practice: Higher Education Policy and Research Project Management

January 20-25, 2013

SIHEP Symposium

Photo (left to right):  Zack Klim, Teboho Moja, Chi Zhang, Zukiswa Kekana

In January 2013, Prof. Teboho Moja, Steinhardt Institute faculty member, led a student delegation to Cape Town, South Africa to participate in a one-week seminar examining research project management and policy formation in higher education. 40 masters and doctoral students from Africa, Australia, Europe and the U.S. attended the event sponsored by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) in Cape Town, January 20-25, 2013

Participating professors gave students a firsthand look at the research-policy nexus by using their own externally-funded research projects to illustrate policy effects, project impact, ethics, funder expectations, and trends in research among other issues. In addition to the lecture series, students collaborated in international working groups to draft research grant proposals addressing salient issues in higher education. Students presented their research grant proposals at the seminar and were critiqued by participating faculty and professional grants managers.

The event was feature in University World News. Those interested in learning more about the content and participants can visit the Higher Education Development Association website (Hedda) where podcasts and related-interviews will be posted.

Participating faculty members included:

  • Nico Cloete, Extraordinary Professor of Higher Education, University of Western Cape
  • Hamish Coates, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Peter Massen, Professor, University of Oslo
  • Julian May, Professor of Development Studies, University of Western Cape
  • Teboho Moja, Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
  • Johan Muller, Professor, School of Education, University of Cape Town
  • Bjørn Stensaker, Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo


SIHEP Senior Fellow Patrick M. Callan discusses the current state of higher education in California

December 13, 2012

California Higher Education: Diminishing Opportunity and Competitiveness

Patrick M. Callan

"Any Californian with a modicum of concern about the future of the state should be dismayed by the state's massive disinvestment in one of its major public assets. Since 2008, state and local support for public higher education has been reduced by $2.4 billion, a cut of nearly 20 percent. The passage of Proposition 30 creates a plateau on this downward path, but it will neither restore lost college opportunity to thousands of Californians nor assure the future availability of college access."    


SIHEP Symposium: Economic and Racial Diversity in American Higher Education: A Current and Future Perspective under Obama and the Supreme Court

March 30, 2012

SIHEP Symposium

Photo (left to right):  Sharon Weinberg, Bridget Terry Long, Lia Epperson, Ada Meloy, Mitchell L. Stevens, Lisa Stulberg.

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy hosted a symposium to address economic and racial diversity in American higher education on March 30, 2012. The panelists were scholars who contributed to the recently published, Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach edited by Lisa M. Stulberg, associate professor of educational sociology, and Sharon Lawner Weinberg, professor of statistics and applied psychology, at NYU Steinhardt.

Ada Meloy, General Counsel for the American Council on Education, served a moderator for a discussion with Lia Epperson (American University Washington College of Law), Bridget Terry Long (Harvard Graduate School of Education), and Mitchell L. Stevens (Stanford University).  Panelists discussed the ways that colleges and universities can foster affordable and accessible education for all students, as well as how legal, financial, and sociological issues affect economic and racial diversity.


Ann Marcus Who Deserves a College Education?

August 3, 2011

In The Century Foundation's final summer policy forum of 2011, “Who Deserves a College Education?” panelists explored the debates over the benefits of a college education, inequalities in college access, how we define “merit,” and socio-economic and racial affirmative action policies in higher education. Dr. Marcus gave the opening remarks on how our cultural obsession with status has impacted socio-economic and racial affirmative action policies in higher education.


Teboho Moja spoke at "A Symposium on Refugee Youth: The Relationship of Education to Health"

April 29, 2011

Teboho Moja

International and domestic public health professionals discussed the importance of health and education in youth development and the impact of interrupted education on health.

Panel sessions included: “The Impact of Migration on Youth”; “Working with Migrant Youth”; and “Migrant Youth from Zimbabwe, A Case Study.”


Publication: Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education by Robert Teranishi
Asians in the Ivory Tower

Institute researcher Robert Teranishi draws on his vast research to present this timely and compelling examination of the experience of Asian Americans in higher education. Asians in the Ivory Tower explores why and how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are important to our nation's higher education priorities and places the study of AAPI college participation within a broad set of conditions through which all students must navigate as they pursue higher education. Dr. Teranishi captures the intersections of individual agency, social conditions, and organizational structures as synergetic forces that result in a range of postsecondary outcomes for subpopulations within the larger body of AAPIs.

Transcending narrow generalizations about this understudied population, this seminal book:

  • Debunks false stereotypes about AAPI students and their educational trajectories.
  • Offers a unique empirical perspective on racial stratification in higher education through case studies that mix quantitative data with narratives of lived stories.
  • Examines the educational experiences and routes to college for AAPIs, and examines broader issues around racial inequality and debates about affirmative action.
  • Captures the nuances and complexity of race, offering theoretical perspectives that can be applied to other populations.

Dr. Teranishi is an associate professor of higher education in New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development as well as principal investigator of the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander research in Education, also at New York University.


Publication: Policy and Performance in American Higher Education: An Examination of Cases across State Systems by Richard Richardson, Jr. and Mario Martinez
Policy and Performance in American Higher Education

Policy and Performance in American Higher Education presents a new approach to understanding how public policy influences institutional performance, with practical insight for those charged with crafting and implementing higher education policy.

Public institutions of higher learning are called upon by state governments to provide educational access and opportunity for students. Paradoxically, the education policies enacted by state legislatures are often complex and costly to implement, which can ultimately detract from that mission. Richard Richardson, Jr., and Mario Martinez evaluate the higher education systems of five states to explain how these policies are developed and how they affect the performance of individual institutions.