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Collaborative for Higher Education Research and Policy (CHERP) at the University of Utah


The mission of CHERP is to generate original research on policies impacting higher education access, affordability, success, and completion and to use evidence to advance more just and equitable postsecondary educational opportunities and outcomes.

CHERP believes that higher education serves as an anchor of American democracy by preparing an educated and engaged citizenry, ensuring an equitable and just system of postsecondary education, advancing principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry, and promoting democratic goals and objectives.


  • Create new knowledge on equitable higher education access, affordability, and success 
  • Collaborate with communities and local, state, and federal leaders and policymakers to advance higher education policy and practice
  • Convene diverse and inclusive stakeholder groups and leaders to address contemporary higher education policy issues
  • Cultivate and develop postsecondary leaders  


The Collaborative for Higher Education Research and Policy is affiliated with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education.


CHERP Affiliates are available to provide technical assistance, policy research and evaluation, and leadership support at the local, regional, state, or national levels. Please contact us with any inquires about our work and services.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.

Last Updated: 7/12/23