The Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET) has a mandate to:
- conduct policy-oriented research and analysis in the fields of higher education and training
- disseminate current research to general and academic audiences
- provide an interdisciplinary academic environment for faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and experts in policy making and policy analysis
- facilitate an exchange of ideas between policy makers, researchers, administrators and leaders of business and industry, and
- stimulate and contribute to ongoing debates on higher education within the university, the Greater Vancouver community, the province, the country, and on an international basis.
To fulfill this mandate, CHET maintains close ties with all levels of government in Canada, with international bodies such as the OECD and UNESCO, with special interest groups, the private sector and the community at large. CHET contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the social sciences by attempting to nurture a balance of pure and applied research, understanding that practical research must be grounded in a broad theoretical perspective. The research projects in the Centre are closely co-ordinated with an ongoing series of seminars, organized in cooperation with Green College.
The overriding goal in all our work is to create a setting devoted to research. CHET is a place where a premium is placed on ideas. The intent is to create and maintain a ‘community of learning’ where faculty, policy makers and graduate students work together to produce research proposals, conduct research and disseminate the results as widely as possible. Even though CHET offers no formal academic programs, we do organize internal seminars and provide extensive opportunities for graduate students to participate in ongoing research projects.