Alexander Astin has served as Director of Research for both the American Council on Education and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He is also the founding director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), HERI's ongoing national study of college students, faculty and institutions. Dr. Astin has authored 21 books and more than 300 other publications in the field of higher education, and has been a recipient of awards for outstanding research from more than a dozen national associations and professional societies. He has also been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and a recipient of eleven honorary degrees.
A 1990 study in the Journal of Higher Education identified Dr. Astin as the most frequently-cited author in the field of higher education. In 1985 readers of Change magazine selected Dr. Astin as the person "most admired for creative, insightful thinking" in the field of higher education. His latest book is "Mindworks: Becoming More Conscious in an Unconcious World, Information Age Publishing, 2007). Currently, Professors Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin are Co-Prinicipal Investigators of a multi-year research study funded by the John Templeton Foundation, "Spirituality in Higher Education: A National Study of College Students' Search for Meaning and Purpose."
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education Policy in the United States Educational Reform Values in education Impact of Different Types of Institutions on Student Development Assessment and Evaluation Research in Higher Education.
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