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Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy

Founded in 2004, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy provides a unique resource for both attorneys and non-attorneys alike in advancing a better understanding of the ever-changing realm of higher education. As part of its goal in fostering better understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, the Center routinely puts on webinars targeted towards hot button issues. Past webinars have included "Pay to Play: Student-Athletes as Employees", and "Clearing the Haze: Marijuana on Campus". The keystone event for the Center is the annual National Conference on Higher Education Law and Policy held every February in Florida.

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy's mission is to advance the field of higher education law and policy by

  • conducting quality research and producing outstanding scholarship in the area of higher education law and policy;
  • presenting interdisciplinary conferences and special programs in areas affecting higher education law and policy;
  • forging productive relationships with other organizations devoted to the advancement of law and higher education both within the United States and throughout the world.

Upcoming Webinars:


Academic Success & Religion: Rethinking How Faith and Higher Education Intersect

December 8, 2021
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Speaker: Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Fields-Rayant Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University

We hope you will Join Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy in welcoming promising new influencer Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Fields-Rayant Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University, for a webinar exploring the ways in which religious upbringing, especially for conservative Christians, can impact the academic trajectories of American teenagers.

Based on her soon-to-be released book, God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success (Oxford University Press, January 2022), Dr. Horwitz’s webinar will explore her pathbreaking research into “abider” students—those who “believe and belong”. Drawing on 10 years of survey data with over 3,000 teenagers and over 200 interviews, her discoveries offer a revealing and at times surprising account of how teenagers' religious upbringing influences their educational pathways from high school to college. Dr. Horwitz estimates that approximately one out of every four students in American schools are raised with religious restraint. By illuminating the far-reaching effects of the childrearing logic of religious restraint, God, Grades and Graduation offers a compelling new narrative about the role of religion in academic outcomes and educational inequality.

Believing in God and belonging to a religious community shape educational outcomes in K-12 and in college in ways that may not have been understood previously. Dr. Horwitz has an engaging and inclusive approach to this topic yet is sure to challenge and encourage us to consider the roles of religion, belief, and even atheism in education in a new light. It turns out that believing in something and being connected to a community of individuals with similar beliefs are critical variables in academic success—with some important caveats.

Dr. Horwitz’s work and findings have significant implications for recruitment, retention, and student life, as well as attainment efforts, classroom and instructional design, alumni relations, development efforts, and more. We are convinced that her new book will land on every higher education 'must read' list in 2022; this is a unique opportunity to begin engaging with her work now in pre-publication and to utilize her findings to the advantage of your Spring 2022 recruitment efforts.

The webinar will be conducted in an interactive interview style on Wednesday, December 8 at Noon by Assistant Vice President Blaze Bowers, Lincoln Memorial University—a Stetson University alumnus and Leader of the newly reformed Center Advisory Group. 





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