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Graduate Programs : Higher Education

Mission and Learning Objectives

 

MissionVisionary higher education leaders

The mission of the Master of Arts in Higher Education is to equip visionary higher education leaders to be agents of innovation and renewal.


Program Goals, Learning Objectives, and Associated Coursework


  1. To equip leaders to transform various higher education contexts, including colleges/universities, professional associations, and higher education agencies. As a result of completing the Master of Arts in Higher Education program, graduates will:


    1. Understand the purposes of higher education within a global context (HIED 511: Foundations of Higher Education)
    2. Demonstrate awareness of the unique administrative, organizational, governance issues, and structures present in higher education and be prepared to skillfully operate within multiple cultural environments.(HIED 512: Organizational Culture and Governance in Higher Education; HIED 514: Equity Issues in Higher Education; HIED 562: Internship)
    3. Demonstrate the ability to assess organizational culture in order to navigate organizational structures and demands in a manner that allows them to work effectively within them. (HIED 512: Organizational Culture and Governance in Higher Education; HIED 513: Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness; HIED 515: Strategic Leadership in Higher Education; HIED 530: Collegiate Sports Administration; HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education)
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical principles for effective leadership, including the articulation of a personal philosophy of leadership and the ability to foster leadership in others. (HIED 515: Strategic Leadership in Higher Education; HIED 530: Collegiate Sports Administration; HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education)
    5. Exhibit the capacity to assess questions of access and quality in order to achieve inclusiveness within higher education organizations as well as toward advance reconciliation in and through higher education communities. (HIED 514: Equity Issues in Higher Education; HIED 551: College and University Environments)
    6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the various program areas usually included under the rubric of intended professional context.(HIED 530: Collegiate Sport Administration, HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education; HIED 531:Events and Facilities Management in College Athletics; HIED 532: Marketing and Sponsorship in Intercollegiate Athletics; HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education; HIED 537: Compliance and Regulation in Intercollegiate Athletics)


  1. To prepare practitioners to make effective, strategic, and innovative decisions to assure excellence in educational programs and mission-driven initiatives. As a result of completing the Master of Arts in Higher Education program, graduates will:


  1. Demonstrate proficiency in development, promotion, implementation, and assessment toward excellence in educational programs and mission-driven initiatives. (HIED 513: Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness)
  2. Exhibit a comprehensive understanding of higher education finance and funding structures as well as the ability to understand, construct, and manage institutional as well as departmental budgets. (HIED 515: Strategic Leadership in Higher Education)
  3. Understand the principles and practices of program assessment, including the ability to incorporate assessment findings into program review and improvement (HIED 513: Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness).
  4. Comprehend legal and ethical issues in higher education in order to comply with regulations and impact ongoing legal questions. (HIED 516: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education)
  5. Embody a commitment to excellence through participation in professionally-oriented internship opportunities and practice-oriented pedagogy. (HIED 562: Internship)
  6. Demonstrate the ability to utilize technology systems and their applications in administering higher education functions. (HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education; HIED 515: Strategic Leadership in Higher Education; HIED 520: Academic Engagement and Learning in Higher Education; HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education )
  7. Demonstrate the capacity to apply content knowledge to real-world strategic decisions in ways that enhance institutional effectiveness. (HIED 515: Strategic Leadership in Higher Education; HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education; HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education; HIED 520: Academic Engagement and Learning in Higher Education)


  1. To develop scholars who advance the field of higher education and its contribution to society. As a result of completing the Master of Arts in Higher Education program, graduates will:


    1. Understand the contours of higher education within its theological, philosophical, and historical contexts and demonstrative the ability to discern significant implications of these foundations. (HIED 511: Foundations of Higher Education)
    2. Demonstrate research proficiency sufficient for the purposes of program assessment, innovation within higher education, and advancement of knowledge in the field. (HIED 560; Research Methods in Higher Education; HIED 565: Thesis)
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of significant issues and trends in higher education, including understanding methods of identifying and evaluating contemporary developments. (HIED 511: Foundations of Higher Education, HIED 512: Organizational Culture and Governance in Higher Education; HIED 516: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education; HIED 551:College and University Environments; HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education)
    4. Display capabilities for research, writing, and presentation in the investigation of specific topics, including the ability to use writing to advance matters of consequence within internal and external constituencies. (HIED 560: Research Methods in Higher Education; HIED 565: Thesis, HIED 514: Equity Issues in Higher Education, HIED 512: Organizational Culture and Governance in Higher Education)


  1. To nurture leaders with a professional identity rooted in the ethical and vocational sensibilities of the Christian tradition. As a result of completing the Master of Arts in Higher Education program, graduates will:

 

    1. Be prepared to meet the ethical responsibilities associated with their roles as higher education professionals. (HIED 562: Internship, HIED 516: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education; HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education)
    2. Demonstrate integrative thinking about ethical and moral issues in higher education. (HIED 516: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education)
    3. Integrate effective practices and wisdom of higher education specialty areas with a Christian perspective. (HIED 511: Foundations of Higher Education, HIED 516: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education; HIED 530: Collegiate Sport Administration, HIED 533: Enrollment Management in Higher Education HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education)
    4. Advocate and model a holistic approach to the person in higher education settings. (HIED 550: Student Affairs in Higher Education; HIED 551: College and University Environments; HIED 530: Collegiate Athletics Management)