Higher Education Leadership Course Rotation
Courses in the Higher Education emphasis will be offered on a regular schedule. Each course is three units. Students are encouraged to take Introduction to Higher Education and Student Affairs early in their programs, but otherwise the courses can be taken in any order. Consult your MSE-PD advisor to determine which courses to take. Enrollment is open to all graduate students interested in higher education.
Summer 2013 and 2014
- HELEAD 720, Legal Issues in Higher Education—The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the American legal system so that they can identify the history and sources of law, read and interpret laws and relevant cases, understand how the court systems work, and limit personal and institutional liability. Emphasis will be placed on issues and laws likely to be encountered by Higher Education practitioners.
Fall 2013 and 2014
- HELEAD 700, Introduction to Higher Education and Student Affairs—This course provides students with a brief history of higher education as an "industry" that is quickly moving from the colonial colleges to present-day colleges and universities. Moreover, this course helps students to understand the history and philosophy of student affairs and its role in the educational mission of higher education.
- HELEAD 710, College Student Development: Theory, Assessment, and Application—This course helps students to understand various theories related to growth and development during the college years: learning and meaning making, identify development, moral development, and psycho-social development. Equally important, students will discover the implications these theories have for the design of educational practice on the college campus.
- HELEAD 720, Organization and Governance in Higher Education—Colleges and universities have an important societal role now and have had for many centuries. It is important that those who wish to pursue careers in higher educational administration understand and appreciate the traditions, goals, mission and organization of that structure. The goal of this course is to introduce students to college and university administration, to encourage analysis of segments within these institutions and to gain an appreciation of the role various elements play within these complex organizations. The outcome should be that the student would be cognizant of the myriad issues involved within the administration of colleges and universities.
Spring 2014 and 2015
- HELEAD 725, Equity and Diversity in Higher Education—This course emphasizes personal awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for ongoing development of a personal intercultural framework for student affairs practice. Theories related to domestic and international dimensions of diversity, interactional diversity and the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression will be explored in university contexts. This course will examine challenges and opportunities for creating inclusive and affirming campus communities.
- HELEAD 715, Assesment in Student Affairs—This course provides students with an overview of the assessment and evaluation processes that allow Student Affairs professionals to develop assessment approaches that gather, analyze, and interpret information to improve institutional, departmental, and divisional effectiveness. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessment will be examined with an emphasis on pragmatic application.
Prereq: Graduate Standing
Each Semester and Summer
Program Coordinator: Dr. Rick Mason