The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) was founded in 1970 to provide a means of communication among those persons conducting or using research in postsecondary education.

The CSSHE adopted as its purpose “the advancement of knowledge of postsecondary education through the dissemination through publication and learned meetings.” The mission of the CSSHE is to facilitate and promote, by means of comprehensive partnerships and programs, the creation, dissemination and application of research of exemplary quality in postsecondary education in Canada.

The CSSHE is governed by an elected Board of Directors which normally meets 3 or 4 times a year. The Board consists of four officers and six members-at-large elected at the annual meeting held with the conference each spring.

The program chair of the annual conference and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education editor are appointed by the Board of Directors, and serve on it ex-officio. The CSSHE is a registered charitable organization, funded through membership fees, subscriptions, donations and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.