Conducting, promoting, and disseminating high-quality research on the impact of college and the conditions for student success.

The Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE) implements and disseminates research and scholarship which foster understanding of effective undergraduate education.  We pursue and coordinate research and funding initiatives for CRUE faculty and graduate students, and disseminate research results to national, regional, and state audiences via CRUE publications; refereed journals; scholarly meetings; professional association conferences and publications; and institutional consultations.

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Research Spotlight

Nicholas Bowman, professor and director of CRUE, discusses the wide-ranging effects of higher education on society.

Katharine Broton, assistant professor, shares her research into food insecurity and higher education outcomes.

Latest News

HESA doctoral candidate Nicole Tennessen

Tennessen seeks understanding of how data is used to support student success

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Nicole Tennessen's research explores how institutional data is used to support student success. Tennessen decided to pursue her doctorate at Iowa, thanks to the renowned and nationally ranked Higher Education and Student Affairs Program.
Nicholas Bowman, professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, reviews research with students.

Bowman selected as 2023 AERA Fellow for exceptional contributions to education research

Friday, March 10, 2023
Nicholas Bowman, professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa, and Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been selected as a 2023 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.
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In the News: Food Insecurity on College Campuses

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Assistant Professor Katharine Broton discusses food insecurity on college campuses with The Measure of Everyday Life.


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