About CSHE

Welcome to the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), a leader in higher education research and project management excellence.

The purpose of the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is to study, promote and support life-long learning. This interest extends to both formal and informal post-secondary learning opportunities, to both institutional and individual efforts, and to both developmental needs and organizational needs.

This purpose affirms the Center's role in fulfilling the mission of the University of Memphis to be a research-intensive university and the flagship university of the Mid-South Region of the United States. As the University develops its own role as a major research institution, CSHE will remain a vital component in the activities of the College of Education and the Department of Leadership. It will provide support for graduate and professional education in a growing field of study serving the region, the field of higher and adult education, and integrate its efforts with those of the University as a whole in fostering inter-institutional collaborations and shared projects and programs that benefit the area that the University of Memphis serves.

In Memorium, Dr. Patricia Murrell
Dr. Patricia Murrell died on October 25, 2019. Dr. Murrell began working at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) in 1970, joined the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) in 1988, and taught in the Department of Leadership until her retirement as Professor Emerita in 2014. She was also a professor of counseling and directed the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education and the Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, receiving several awards for her work. She was recognized as one of the University's 100 most inspirational women during its first 100 years. Dr. Murrell made a significant impact on many students and colleagues during her career, and CSHE would not be where it is today without her tireless work.