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George Kuh Bio

George Kuh is Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University Bloomington.  George founded the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty. He directs two major projects, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (with Stan Ikenberry at the University of Illinois) and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions. At Indiana University, he served as chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (1982-84), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education (1985-88), and Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus (1997-2000).

George has more than 300 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. In addition to High Impact Practices (2008) produced as part of the AAC&U LEAP initiative, his two most recent books are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010) and Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations (2007). In addition, he has been a consultant to more than 350 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. His contributions have been recognized with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education.  In 2011, NASPA named its award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature and Research after him. In addition, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State University, several Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, the Dean's Award for outstanding contributions by a faculty member to the quality of undergraduate life at IUB, and the prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award from Indiana University for a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching.  A past-president of ASHE, George holds six honorary degrees and serves on the Board of Regents at Luther College and the National Leadership Council for the Association of American College and Universities "Liberal Education and America's Promise" initiative.

George received the B.A. from Luther College, M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.