HE 722: Organization and Administration in Higher Education

HE 722-001: Organization/Admin Higher Ed
(Fall 2018)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Thompson Hall 1017

Section Information for Fall 2018

This course is designed to provide opportunities to explore and generate greater understanding of the culture of organization and administration in higher education. In order to be effective leaders and members of an organization, it is important to understand colleges and universities as larger, complex systems. When viewing postsecondary education through an organizational analysis, a broader view is taken looking at the entire system internally and externally, not simply as divisions, departments, or functions. Organizational analysis emphasizes conceptual models and the way these can be overlaid on real institutional contexts and problems. This class will focus on leadership, change, and governance as key aspects of administration. This is a master and doctoral level seminar with an emphasis on reading, presentation, and discussion utilizing a case-study approach in a collegial and reciprocal learning environment. Students will be expected to attend class, be current with the issues facing higher education, and actively engage in course discussions. 

Course Objectives

  1. to understand the importance of organizational theory/analysis for the key aspects of administration -- leadership, change, and decision-making;
  2. to introduce students to the breadth of literature related to organizational theory both inside the field of higher education and outside (e.g. business, political science);
  3. to be able to apply organizational theory to institutional problems and situations;
  4. to develop an enhanced ability to analyze published reports, articles and research related to higher education in order to summarize and present them in a professionally acceptable manner;
  5. to enhance understanding of other course work by providing an organizational context for curriculum, finance, students, etc.;
  6. to learn about different players involved in running colleges;
  7. to develop the capacity to work with different education constituencies by understanding the multiple cultures that develop within organizations;
  8. to learn about the various external influences that impact educational organizations and the many differences among organizations within postsecondary education;
  9. and to create a specialized knowledge on organizations for advanced work such as thesis, comprehensive exams, and dissertations.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

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.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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