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Highly Regarded Expert in Higher Education to Speak at Cal State Dominguez Hills



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Highly Regarded Expert in Higher Education to Speak at Cal State Dominguez Hills

Alexander Astin, professor emeritus of education and founding director of the Higher Education Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, will be at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to talk about his more than 40 years of experience in the field of higher education. The event is open to the public and will take place in the Extended Education Center, Room 1213.

“A Conversation with Alexander Astin” begins the fourth year of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) speaker series that brings national and international leaders in higher education to CSU Dominguez Hills to discuss cutting-edge research and theory related to student success. Past lectures have explored topics such as student retention, diversity and globalization’s impact on student success, and cooperative learning and brain-based research.

“What makes our program different is that we do the usual workshop … but we also host a Provost's Luncheon Seminar at which senior administration and the speaker talk about what senior administration can do to foster student success. Thus we get a bottom-up and a top-down orientation,” said James Cooper, professor of graduate education. “We also tape a ‘talk show’ with each visitor that is available as a streaming video at the CTL web site. To my knowledge, no other university does these three events for each speaker.”

Astin is regarded as one of the seminal thinkers in the field of higher education. He has authored more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on the subject and has received many accolades for his research. He has been called the “most cited author” in the field by the Journal of Higher Education and the “most admired for creative, insightful thinking” by readers of Change magazine.

During his talk, Astin is expected to discuss his views on student assessment and retention, the impact college has on students, and how to determine academic quality, as well as his model of student involvement and his role as director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, a nationwide study of more than 12 million students, 250,000 faculty and staff and 1,800 higher education institutions.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., near Avalon Street, in the city of Carson. The Extended Education Center is between Parking Lots 3 and 6 adjacent to the Home Depot Center sports complex. A map of the campus is available online at

Public parking is permissible in campus lots with a valid parking permit. Permits are $3 and can be purchased at the yellow kiosk machines adjacent to each lot.

To attend the lecture or for more information, call (310) 243-3480.

- Amy Bentley-Smith


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