The Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida

Founded in 1968, the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at the University of Florida conducts cutting-edge research and offers data-driven recommendations for higher education administrators and policymakers seeking to better understand the critical problems facing higher education at the local, state, and national level. IHE partners with individual colleges and state systems to provide rigorous and innovative assessment of current practices and policies aimed at improving student access and success, with a special emphasis on partnering with Florida College System institutions. This aim will focus primarily on the development of applied research initiatives designed to provide evidence-based solutions to problems facing higher education leaders and policymakers.

Project Highlight

Florida College Student Re-Enrollment Demonstration: An Experimental Analysis

Led by IHE director Dr. Justin Ortagus, a team of leading researchers at the College of Education explore the possibility of a “nudge” helping former students return to college. This two-year study focuses on whether former students from five community colleges in the state of Florida are more likely to re-enroll after receiving targeted text messages and financial incentives.

Recent Events

May 2020

Responding to COVID-19: What We Know About Online Education in Higher Education

Florida Distance Learning Research Consortium

In this webinar, Drs. Justin Ortagus and Yong Zhao discuss their backgrounds and recent scholarly works involving online education in higher education before discussing best practices for online teaching and learning in disruptive situations.