The inaugural meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) was held in 1970, in Winnipeg MB . Although the CSSHE has evolved profoundly over the intervening 50+ years, our central purpose of advancing the study of higher education continues to bring together a dynamic group of faculty, researchers, practitioners, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

In addition to the annual CSSHE conference, the CJHE has a long-standing history of providing individuals interested in exploring and contributing to the study of current and emerging trends in higher education with another scholarly venue for the robust exchange and debate of ideas.

The CSSHE is governed by an elected Board. The Board consists of four officers and six members-at-large elected at the annual meeting held during the annual conference each spring.

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.