CHESS works on the assumption that higher education institutions with their core tasks of research and teaching need be rethought against the background of changing societal expectations and numerous reforms of recent years. This requires a stronger integration of the traditionally institutionally, paradigmatically and socially largely separated fields of higher education and science research. Such an integrated perspective makes it possible to analytically grasp the increasing complexity of the subject matter, to strengthen the self-observation capacity of higher education and science, and to increase their ability to act.



The CHESS research program aims to provide a comprehensive and differentiated view of the transformation of higher education institutions and science as well as the associated opportunities and challenges. It focuses on areas of tension, transformation processes and structures (macro, meso, micro level). The CHESS conducts research within this framework, both in the various disciplinary approaches of the CHESS members and in research projects of the CHESS office.