John Aubrey Douglass

John Aubrey Douglass is Senior Research Fellow - Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California - Berkeley. He is the author of the book, The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy (Palgrave Macmillan), The Conditions for Admissions (Stanford Press 2007), The California Idea and American Higher Education (Stanford University Press, 2000; published in Chinese in 2008), and with Jud King and Irwin Feller (ed) Globalization’s Muse: Universities and Higher Education Systems in a Changing World (Public Policy Press, 2009).

Among the research projects he co-founded is the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium – a group of major research universities in the US and internationally, with members in China, Brazil, South Africa, the Netherlands and Russia. He is also the editor of the Center's Research and Occasional Paper Series (ROPS), sits on the editorial board of international higher education journals in the UK, China, and Russia, and serves on the international advisory boards of a number of higher education institutes.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Amsterdam University College (a unit of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije University of Amsterdam), at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), at Sciences Po (Paris) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS).

Scholarly publications include articles in Higher Education, the European Journal of Education Higher Education Quarterly, the Journal of California Politics and Policy, Higher Education Policy and Management (OECD), Higher Education Policy (journal of the IAU), BOOM (a journal on California politics and culture), Perspectives (UK), Change Magazine, California Monthly, Minerva,The Journal of Policy History, History of Education Quarterly, andThe American Behavioral Scientists.

Current research interests are focused on comparative international higher education, including the influence of globalization, the role of universities in economic development, science policy as a component of national and multinational economic policy, strategic issues related to developing mass higher education, and studies related the SERU Consortium survey data that assesses the student experience in major research universities.

He also serves as a consultant on issues related to institutional strategic planning, access and academic program quality assurance. Prior to coming to CSHE and Berkeley, he served as the chief policy analyst for the University of California's Systemwide Academic Senate and held teaching and research positions at the University of California - Santa Barbara campus.

Recent Publications & Presentations

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY AND THE EMERGENCE OF PROGRESSIVE TUITION MODELS: Are New Financial Aid Policies at Major Public Universities Working? By Patrick A. Lapid & John Aubrey Douglass CSHE 7.16 (June 2016)  

Douglass, John Aubrey. The New Flagship University: Changing The Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy (2016) London,UK: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2016 edition.

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John Aubrey Douglass (2015). "Funding Challenges at the University of California: Balancing Quantity with Quality and the Prospect of a Significantly Revised Social Contract,” California Journal of Politics and Policy, 7(4)

“International Berkeley: Past and Current Debates on the Role of International Students in an American University,” Voprosy Obrazovaniya (Russian Journal of Educational Studies), published in Russian and English, No. 2. 2015, pp. 76–108:


“China Futurisms: Research Universities and Leaders or Followers?”  translated into Chinese and published by University Education Science, Hunan University, May 2014; originally published in Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol.79, no. 3 Fall 2012, pp. 639-688:; a version published in University World News Dec 16, 2012 Issue No 252:

PROFILING THE FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY MODEL: An Exploratory Proposal for Changing the Paradigm From Ranking to Relevancy by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.5.14 (April 2014); editorial version published in University World News, "The Flagship University: A Response to the World Class University Paradigm,"  April 25, 2014:; a version translated into Vietnamese.

PROFILING THE FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY MODEL: An Exploratory Proposal for Changing the Paradigm From Ranking to Relevancy by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.5.14 (April 2014)

Douglass, J.A., Edelstein, & Hoareau, C. (2014). Bring the world to California: A global hub for higher education. BOOM: A Journal of California, 4(1), 54-61.

INTERNATIONAL BERKELEY: Enrolling International Students Yesterday and Today, Debates on the Benefits of Multicultural Diversity, and Macro Questions on Access and Equity by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.3.14 (March 2014)

TO GROW OR NOT TO GROW? A Post-Great Recession Synopsis of the Political, Financial, and Social Contract Challenges Facing the University of California by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.15.13 (December 2013)


Here’s How Janet Napolitano Rescues the University of California by John Aubrey Douglass, Zacalo - Public Square, October 3, 2013

Why are research universities going global? by John Aubrey Douglass and Richard Edelstein, University World News, September 7, 2013 Issue No:286

Affirmative Action, the Fischer Case, and the Supreme Court: What the Justices and the Public Need to Know by John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE. 2.13 (February 2013) 

Seeking Smart Growth: The Idea of a California Global Higher Education Hub  by John Aubrey Douglass, Richard Edelstein and Cecil Haoreau, California Journal of Politics and Policy, January 2013,5(1): 1-29   

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