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Higher Education Courses
600-Level Courses in HE
Studies institutional character of the community college, including history, purpose, clientele, organization, finance, and social function. Studies issues currently faced by community colleges. May not be repeated for credit.
Describes issues that affect teaching and learning and provides basic tools to use in college classroom. Teaches how to plan course, develop syllabus, promote learning among diverse students, and implement classroom assessment techniques. May not be repeated for credit.
Focuses on classroom and program-level learning assessment, and describes the political and historical context for assessment. Offers hands-on practice of assessment for instructors and student affairs professionals. May not be repeated for credit.
Explores instructional interactions and communication strategies for diverse learner populations. Includes discussion of sociological, behavioral, and cognitive theory on culture. May not be repeated for credit.
Provides an introduction to higher education research methodologies, analysis, and decision-making through introduction of basics of research design including problem identification, literature review, method selection, data collection and analysis, application, writing, and ethics. May not be repeated for credit.
History of higher education from colonial period to the present. Examines philosophic, political, social, and economic forces that have influenced development. Reviews today's issues and challenges. May not be repeated for credit.
Overview of higher education finance and fiscal management. May not be repeated for credit.
Focuses on helping skills that assist others in reflecting on concerns, considers possible causes of problems, and contemplates options and strategies for problem solving. Introduces students to and practices basic helping skills. Explores ethical issues surrounding helping skills and determining when to refer students to professional counselors. May not be repeated for credit.
Sensitizes students to and promotes an understanding of multiple cultures and encourages students to examine their own attitudes toward various groups, explore their own identities, and to acquire expertise in the use of helping skills with various populations. Emphasizes the learning of approaches and the application of techniques that facilitate effective multicultural communication in higher education. May not be repeated for credit.
Focuses on development and organization of student personnel programs and services in institutions of higher learning. Covers philosophy, methods, and techniques. May not be repeated for credit.
Analyzes changing demographics, barriers, and developmental issues facing college students. Studies impact of college environment on student development, and interaction between students of varying subcultures and the environment. Examines technology issues and their impact. May not be repeated for credit.
Addresses developmental issues facing students, including adult students; factors that affect development; and the need to work with individuals, groups, and organizations within the campus community to establish conducive learning environments. Application of psychosocial, cognitive development, identity, and person-environment interaction theories are considered in depth. May not be repeated for credit.
Experiential learning that could include supervised on-the-job experience, academic service learning, community outreach, or research field work in approved college or university setting or public agency involved in higher education. Develops skills applicable to higher education. Approval of practicum coordinator needed one semester before registration. Notes: Minimum 150 hours of work and participation in internship seminar. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
700-Level Courses in HE
Introduces students to laws and legal issues that impact higher education and establishes a general familiarity with higher education law. Uses a case study approach to teach students to recognize when a legal issue presents itself in situations involving students, faculty, or administration. May not be repeated for credit.
Uses the philosophical and sociological grounding of higher education research to provide guidance on decision-making in ambiguous and complex higher education organizations. May not be repeated for credit.
Higher education is undergoing rapid transformation in the 21st century, due in large part to emerging digital technologies. This course explores the changing landscape, including face-to-face and online teaching and learning, student affairs, infrastructure, and administration. Combining reading, writing, viewing, and hands-on learning, students examine issues through the content and lens appropriate for their discipline and learning goals. May not be repeated for credit.
Overview of scholarship on teaching and learning in higher education. Focuses on ways students learn, how learning can be improved, and different methods of conducting research into teaching and learning. May not be repeated for credit.
Examines the inequitable structural systems that produce unequal access to higher education. Explores the meaning of social justice in higher education, and emphasizes policy, administrative processes, and educational practices. May not be repeated for credit.
Focusing on the leadership of higher education and the role leaders play in institutional transformation, this course explores the complex social and political environments and the current and future trends of higher education. This focus occurs through the foundational grounding of leadership theory and research. Students will be challenged to employ multiple perspectives of leadership in higher education. May not be repeated for credit.
Intended as a toolkit for the understanding and creation of evidence-based analysis of public policy issues at all levels of governance, this course examines examples of policy research and analysis prompted from discussion around higher education policy issues. May not be repeated for credit.
Examines educational assessment and evaluation practices and methods. Students critique and design an evaluation study and an evaluation report. Reviews ethical issues and impact of assessment and evaluation for students, employees, and programs. May not be repeated for credit.
Explores the internationalization of higher education through various lenses including administration, student services, curriculum integration, study abroad, and branch campus development. May not be repeated for credit.
Provides concepts of organization and administration in contemporary institutions from macro to micro perspectives. Studies theory and practices of the organization as it relates to governance, structure, and management of the institution. May not be repeated for credit.
Participation in research or assessment study under the supervision of a faculty member. Written report required. May not be repeated for credit.
Covers current topics in higher education. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
This capstone course guides students in the creation of a learning and professional practice portfolio. The portfolio is a compilation of academic work and other forms of educational evidence assembled for the purpose of (1) evaluating coursework quality, learning progress, and academic achievement; and (2) determining whether students have met learning standards or other academic requirements for courses and the program. Students gain permission to enroll in the HE 797 Portfolio course their last semester, and the instructor of the course guides and evaluates the portfolio. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Under the supervision of a faculty advisor and project evaluation committee, students create a project from existing literature. Project must be a deliverable with a practical application related to student development and higher education. Equivalent to MAIS 798.
Original research related to student development or higher education. Equivalent to MAIS 799.
800-Level Courses in HE
Provides a review of sophisticated research methodologies commonly used in higher education including collection and analysis procedures, ethics, and decision-making. Alignment of research questions, method selection, data collection and analysis procedures, implications, and writing are examined. May not be repeated for credit.
Examines the philosophical and epistemological foundations that guide qualitative inquiry. Trustworthy data collection methods and means of analysis are stressed and practiced. May not be repeated for credit.
Develops ability to conduct applications of quantitative methods in higher education research. Reinforces skills acquired in previous research courses. Learning occurs through reading assignments, hands - on experience in using a computer program for data analysis, and application activities. Students will identify and report on quantitative methods used in published research, analyze data, and provide written results. May not be repeated for credit.
Key issues and moments in the history of higher education are examined as a way to understand current structures, cultures, policies, and purposes. Historical perspective will also be used to consider the near future of higher education. Students will examine current trends and possible futures for a specific topic by doing historical research on the issue. May not be repeated for credit.
Supervised internship at a community college, four-year college or university, or nonteaching higher-education setting such as a government agency or administrative office. Develops skills applicable to college teaching or higher education administration or policy. Students must complete a minimum of 180 hours of work and participate in internship seminar. Notes: Students must contact the program at least one semester before enrolling. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Independent reading on topic agreed on by student and instructor. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
900-Level Courses in HE
Contact program for permission to register. Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. May be repeated within the degree.
Doctoral dissertation research and writing under direction of dissertation committee. May be repeated within the degree.