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Dec. 3, 2003

Pascarella Honored For Research On College's Effects On Students

Ernest T. Pascarella, Ph.D., the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education at the University of Iowa College of Education, is the recipient of two recent awards recognizing his work as one of the nation's leading researchers of how college affects students.

The Pennsylvania College Personnel Association has awarded Pascarella its Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award; and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (based at the University of Missouri-Columbia) has given him the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award.

The Bowen Award, considered the top award in Pascarella's field, is presented to an individual whose professional life has been devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and whose career has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service. The award is named for Howard Bowen, the UI president from 1964-1969 and a distinguished economist whom Pascarella says contributed greatly to the understanding of faculty work in higher education and of the return on investment offered by a college education.

"The Bowen Award recipients have been some of the country's most influential scholars in the field of postsecondary education research," Pascarella said. "I'm quite flattered to be considered in their company."

Pascarella joined the UI College of Education in 1997 after nearly 15 years as a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His research specialty is analyzing how colleges influence the educational, cognitive, emotional, and moral growth of students. He is the author and co-author of hundreds of journal articles and publications on the subject, including the influential book (co-written with Patrick T. Terenzini), "How College Affects Students: Findings and Insights from Twenty Years of Research." The book was originally published in 1991, when it received that year's Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. A revised edition is expected in the next year.

In 2001, the foundation of Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators based in Bloomington, Ind., named "How College Affects Students" one of the 100 most important and influential books about U.S. colleges and universities.

The authors of "100 Classic Books About Higher Education: A Compendium and Essays" describe Pascarella's book as "a comprehensive and eye-opening meta-evaluation of some 2,600 research studies detailing the effect of college on student cognitive growth, values and attitudes, psychosocial changes, career attainment, moral development and economic benefits."

Pascarella, who served as the 1989-90 president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, has received numerous previous awards from national organizations for his research. They include the 1981 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association; the 1987 Sidney Suslow Award and the 1990 Forum Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research; the 1988 Outstanding Contributions to Research Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; the 1989 Distinguished Research Award from Division J of the American Educational Research Association; the 1992 Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association; his naming in 1992 as an American College Personnel Association Senior Scholar; and the 1997 American College Personnel Association Commission IX Research Award.

Pascarella holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in educational research and higher education from Syracuse University in 1973.

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