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  • HIGHED 601  Educational Leadership Skills

    Description:
    This core course focuses on a set of the individual, interpersonal and group skills that leaders of educational institutions must acquire if they are to effectively promote organizational change. At the individual level, the course focuses on five major areas of self-awareness: trust and trustworthiness, personal values and moral development, orientation toward change, interpersonal orientation and personal temperament (including cognitive style). At the interpersonal level, the course assists students in forming accurate interpersonal perceptions and building communication skills. At the level of the group, students learn to diagnose group problems using theory and research about (1) group size, composition and characteristics of group members; (2) stages of group development and team culture; (3) cognitive and relational roles in teams; and (4) patterns of intra-group communication. Particular attention is given to developing skills that enable students to function effectively in committees, interdepartmental working groups and leadership teams. In all coursework, students are encouraged to consider the impact of gender and culture on skill development and practice.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 603  Professional Seminar in Higher Education

    Description:
    This seminar provides the foundation that is needed to understand the purposes, benefits and challenges that provide the context for content and research courses in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program; the key higher education drivers of quality, access, affordability, autonomy and accountability; the internal and external environments and constituencies that control and/or influence colleges and universities; and it provides an understanding of the important compo9nents of leadership, change, diversity, social justice and engagement that provide direction in urban institutions of higher education. It also provides new doctoral students with an understanding of the program requirements and faculty expectations.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 610  Administration and Governance in Higher Education

    Description:
    This core seminar introduces students to the organizational structure and systems of colleges and universities, including governance, strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation. A major goal of the course is to ensure that students learn about and are able to describe the functions of an institution of higher education. Key debates in governance and administration are framed in the context of understanding how institutional cultures and external accountability pressures shape organizational behavior. Special emphasis is placed on strengthening analytic skills.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 611  Access and Equity in Higher Education

    Description:
    This core seminar is designed to allow students to explore issues in higher education access and equity for students. Issues are place into the context of fiscal affairs and policy, including financial aid and admissions. The seminar also addresses the broader frameworks and language within which specific problems of access and equity are considered. Particular emphasis is given to the effect of current institutional practices in urban higher education.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 612  Impact of College on Students

    Description:
    This doctoral-level course is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to develop and understanding of the theory and research focused on college students. There are three intended outcomes. Students in this course will (1) develop an understanding of the theory and literature focused on college students; (2) increase their current levels of knowledge about areas of critical research on students in higher education, and; (3) apply their increased understanding of the theory and literature on college students to efforts aimed at the improvement of higher education policy and practice.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 615  Critical Race Theory in Higher Education

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its application to the field of higher education. In doing so, students will explore how race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender, sexual, orientation, and citizenship to shape the experiences of individuals in higher education. Specifically, students in the course will (1) understand and critically analyze the primary tenets of Critical Race Theory and (2) apply the tenets of Critical Race Theory as a conceptual lens to think critically bout higher education research, policy, and practice.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 620  Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in Urban Contexts

    Description:
    This core course investigates common concerns in addressing the needs of urban learners, both in K-12 and in community and four-year colleges. It considers questions of human development in several domains, current problems and controversies about learning and responsive curricula and pedagogies. Readings frame issues across age groups and educational contexts, with additional material for each topic focusing on particular age groups and levels of schooling.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 622  Community Engagement in Higher Education

    Description:
    This course will review the philosophical, historical and programmatic antecedents of this movement in higher education along with current examples of community engaged campuses. We will critically review engagement across the domains of teaching, scholarship and service and in regard to various types of campuses. We will also grapple with the particular challenge of assessing community engagement.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 624  Globalization in Internationalization in Higher Education

    Description:
    The purpose of this doctoral-level course is to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the debates concerning globalization, with a particular focus on higher education. Although the course will focus primarily on institutions of higher education in the United States, examples and case studies will also be taken from other countries and world regions. Students in this course will expand their understanding of 1) theories of globalization, 2) theories of globalization in education and higher education, 3) internationalization in higher education,and 4) research related to various aspects of globalization's impact on colleges and universities. Students will also learn to apply their increased understanding of theory and literature to research, policy, and practice in higher education.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 630  The History of Higher Education in the United States

    Description:
    This core course surveys the history of higher education in the United States with a dual focus on mainstream collegiate institutions and non-traditional alternatives. Early class sessions explicate the development of traditional higher education from its liberal arts origins through the growth of the research university. Subsequent sessions explore how, over two centuries, various groups such as women, blacks, working-class, immigrant and older students contended for places within higher education. Participants explore how institutions and their leaders responded to these challenges, sometimes creating accommodations or changes in traditional settings, and other times prompting new structures that often marginalized the newcomers. Several questions guide inquiry through the various eras and subjects: Whom do we educate? Why do we educate (our purposes and expectations)? How do we educate (in what sorts of institutions)? Where does responsibility lie for education? With what effects (or results) do we educate? The course does not presume a strong background in history.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 632  Organization and Leadership in Educational Institutions

    Description:
    This core course focuses on educational institutions as complex organizations. It pays attention to the operation of institutions with few resources, as well as those with more plentiful resources. Drawing on readings and examples from many sources, participants look both inside and outside educational institutions, especially those that affect resources; the industry as a whole and sectors within it and social definitions of educational institutions. Close attention is also given to the internal structures in these institutions, especially the interactions between bureaucratic structures and professionals; to organizational cultures; and to governance and decision-making. The course then turns to a close analysis of organizational change from several points of view.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 634  Public Policy Issues in Higher Education

    Description:
    This core course explores the development of higher education policy. It is both a primer in how economics and politics form public policy and a critical look at this fusion in higher education. The course examines the formation of higher education policy at the federal, regional, and state levels or government.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 636  Sociological Perspectives on Higher Education

    Description:
    This discipline-based elective course will examine higher education from the viewpoint of a sociological lens. We will begin with a brief review of key sociological concepts and then move to readings in the sub discipline of Sociology of Higher Education, including its foundational documents. We will then examine and discuss key themes in higher education from a sociological perspective. Students will apply sociological concepts to an issue of challenge in higher education organizations and will frame a research topic using sociological theories.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 641  Effecting Change in Higher Education: Strategies and Processes

    Description:
    This core seminar analyzes and evaluates both the challenges to change and the strategies and processes designed to effect change in higher education. It is an interactive seminar, consisting of lectures, case studies and student reports. Each student is responsible for a seminar presentation and the completion of a term project.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 652  Finance and Management in Higher Education Administration

    Description:
    This course examines both policy issues and operational procedures involved in the effective financial management of higher education. Major topics include the economic analysis of higher education, policy development, building and managing a budget, financial accounting and reporting, human resource management and fundraising.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 660  Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education

    Description:
    This elective course focuses on dimensions of leadership theory and practice as they relate to colleges and universities. Mainstream theoretical traditions, including trait, situational, behavioral, and contingency, will be examined. Alternative perspectives within social constructionist, postmodern, and critical theory traditions will serve as an important counterbalance to the more dominant approaches. Course readings will also examine underrepresented perspectives in higher education leadership, which may include gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and social class. Course projects will enable students to improve their abilities to analyze and interpret leadership contexts in different higher education settings.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 691  Case Studies in Higher Education

    Description:
    The goal of this course is to assist practitioners in their efforts to become more systematic observers and analysts of their organization. Through the use of qualitative research techniques, students improve their ability to make sense of complex organizational settings and situations. Emphasis is given to learning techniques for conducting interviews and developing case studies. Through readings and field study, students acquire an understanding of the stages of qualitative investigation, including research design, data collection, data analysis and the interpretation of findings.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 692  Capstone in Higher Education

    Description:
    This course comes at the end of a student's coursework. It is designed to help students assess their development as educational leaders as they move toward the independent work of the qualifying paper and dissertation. Emphasis is given to clarifying various theoretical frameworks that contribute to the study and practice of educational leadership. The course is also designed to help students evaluate ways in which the doctoral program has influenced their leadership development and to assist them in thinking about how completing the program will enhance their work as educational change agents.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 740  Research Methods in Higher Education I

    Description:
    This core course is the first in a two-semester research sequence. The first semester's goal is to provide students with an overview of both the philosophical and the fundamental issues involved in conducting research in higher education. The course takes a systematic look at critical concepts in research methodology. In addition, it explores how various methodologies can be used to explore different types of data. Doctoral students taking the course become conversant with research paradigms and are able to understand the factors critical to formulating well-designed research studies. During the course, each student initiates exploration of a research topic, with the expectation that such an endeavor will lead to a dissertation topic.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 741  Research Methods in Higher Education II

    Description:
    This core course is the second in a two-semester research sequence. It guides students in modes of quantitative and qualitative data analysis. In quantitative analysis, it instructs students in descriptive statistics and works through problems utilizing tests of differences, association, the analysis of variance and correlation analysis. In qualitative analysis, it focuses on the framing of hypotheses, the analysis of content, coding, graphic displays and ways of utilizing data from observations and interviews. Connections with dissertation research in higher education are also explored.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 751  Research Methods in Higher Education: Quantitative Analysis

    Description:
    This core course, as the first part of the Higher Education Doctoral Program's research methods sequence, introduces students to quantitative research methods. With a focus on educational research, students become familiar with a variety of statistical techniques and data analysis methods. The course emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistics, including t-tests, ANOVAs, chi-squares, correlations, and linear and multiple regression.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 752  Research Methods in Higher Education: Qualitative Analysis

    Description:
    This course, the second part of the Higher Education Program's research methods sequence, addresses issues related to qualitative research methods in education and, more specifically, higher education. The main focus of the course is to familiarize students with the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative inquiry and some of the major approaches to qualitative research, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative inquiry, case study, and participatory action research. The course gives an opportunity for students to critically consider their own research interests in light of qualitative inquiry, design and conduct a small-scale research study reflecting those research interests, and read and interpret both theoretical and research literature on qualitative methods. In addition, during the course, students will have a range of opportunities to reflect on and question their own assumptions about the nature of knowledge and knowledge creation through qualitative research.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • HIGHED 753  Research Design in Higher Education

    Description:
    This course, as the third part of the Higher Education Doctoral Programs research methods sequence, introduces students to research design in educational and social science research, with specific emphasis on higher education. In this class, students will learn how to identify and frame research problems and how to select appropriate research methods. During the course, we will review purpose statements and research questions, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, survey research, qualitative approaches to data collection, trustworthiness in qualitative research, reliability and validity in quantitative research, sample selection and recruitment, data analysis, and research proposal development.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 793  Research Seminar on the Qualifying Paper

    Description:
    This seminar examines issues related to research proposal development. Students will develop skills in framing research problems, defining research questions, and using theoretical and empirical literature to guide the development of a research proposal. The goal of this course is to prepare students for developing their Qualifying Papers, which are submitted during the students third year in the doctoral program.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 797  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 891  Dissertation Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar is designed to assist students in developing research ideas, writing their their research plan, preparing a dissertation proposal and forming a dissertation committee. Satisfactory completion of the seminar requires submission of a dissertation proposal acceptable to the instructor and ant the chair of the student's dissertation committee.   More Info

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  • HIGHED 892  Dissertation Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar follows Dissertation Seminar 891, providing structured support as students gather data, research and analyze their dissertation topics; write the dissertation; prepare for it's defense; and submit the final dissertation   More Info

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  • HIGHED 893  Dissertation Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar follows Dissertation Seminar 891, providing structured support as students gather data, research and analyze their dissertation topics; write the dissertation; prepare for it's defense; and submit the final dissertation   More Info

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  • HIGHED 899  Dissertation Research

    Description:
    Research conducted under the supervision of faculty and the dissertation committee leading to the presentation of a doctoral dissertation.   More Info

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