Terenzini receives Distinguished Career Award from ASHE

University Park, Pa. - Patrick T. Terenzini, distinguished professor and senior scientist emeritus in Penn State’s College of Education, has received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

The award, ASHE’s highest honor, 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. Terenzini was honored during ASHE’s annual meeting in November in Indianapolis.

Throughout his career in Penn State’s Higher Education program and Center for the Study of Higher Education, Terenzini has focused his research on the effects of college on students. He co-authored, with Ernest Pascarella, How College Affects Students, a two-volume synthesis of 35 years of research. Terenzini published more than 130 refereed articles and made more than 250 national and international presentations. The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Lumina, Spencer, and Sloan foundations have supported his research.

Terenzini served as editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research for 12 years, as an associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and as an editorial board member for the journals Review of Higher Education and Research in Higher Education. He has received research awards from ASHE, the Association for Institutional Research, the American College Personnel Association, and NASPA. He is a past president of ASHE.

The Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award pays tribute to Howard Bowen, one of the association’s founders and an early president. Bowen (1908-1989) was R. Stanton Avery professor of economics and education at Stanford University, a scholar of economics, an authority on the economics of higher education, and a leader in American higher education. He served as president of Grinnell College, The University of Iowa, and Claremont Graduate University.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011