Laurie Schreiner, PhD


Professor, Department of Higher Education

Video Introduction

Laurie A. Schreiner, PhD, chairs the doctoral programs in Higher Education. Her 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, associate academic dean, and research fellow provide a strong experiential foundation for her teaching. Her primary interests include student success and thriving in college, student satisfaction and retention, strengths-based advising and educational practices, Christian higher education, campus climate and sense of community, and the programming needs of first-year students and sophomores. She is co-author of the Student Satisfaction Inventory, a nationally normed instrument used on more than 1,600 college and university campuses across the United States and Canada. She was also a project director on two federal grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) through the U.S. Department of Education; the first focused on successful programming for first-year college students and the second grant focused on the development of a campus-wide four-year strengths education program to increase student retention and success. She has been a senior research associate for the Gallup Organization and has completed the national validity study of StrengthsFinder with college students, along with the second edition of the book StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. She is a Senior Fellow at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and directed a ten-year national project on student retention and satisfaction, the Comprehensive Assessment Project, which involved 70 Christian colleges and universities annually. Recipient of Azusa Pacific University's Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award in 2005, Schreiner has developed the Thriving Quotient and currently directs both the Thriving Project and the Sophomore Experiences Survey.


  • PhD, Community Psychology, University of Tennessee
  • BA, Milligan College

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Christian Higher Education
  • Student Success and Thriving
  • Faculty Thriving
  • Strengths-Based Education

Courses Taught

  • HED 705 Student Access, Equity, and Success
  • HED 724 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • HED 760 Research Seminar
  • HED 761 Strengths-Oriented Research and Programming
  • HED 795 Dissertation Research II
  • HED 796 Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • HED 797 Dissertation Research