M.Ed Higher Education: Course Descriptions


Finance in Higher Education HED 735   (3 semester hours )
This course examines practices and issues in the management of financial resources in higher education.  Emphasis is placed on sources and methods of securing funds, asset allocation, and financial decision making.
The Law and Higher Education HED 715 (3 semester hours )
This course focuses on aspects of the law as it affects the administration of institutions of higher education.  Subjects include faculty, staff, and student rights and responsibilities; liability issues; rights of individuals with disabilities; and the implications of increasing technology in higher education.
Program Measurement and Assessment in Higher Education
HED 720 (3 semester hours)
This course will provide an introduction to major principles and strategies used in program evaluation and outcomes assessment.  Topics include assessment techniques, instrument selection, data analysis, and reporting of assessment findings.
The American College Student HED 700 (3 semester hours)
This course examines major student development theories and philosophies upon which they are based. Theories to be addressed include cognitive-structural, cultural, identity, psychosocial, and typology. Application of theories to everyday practice in American higher education settings will be discussed. A special emphasis will be placed on how theoretical frameworks apply to millennial students.
Higher Education Leadership – Theory and Practice HED 710 (3 semester hours)
This course examines different models of leadership and provides practical advice for interacting with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, board members, and other constituents. A special emphasis will be placed on technology, organizational culture, diversity, and communicating change.  
Student Affairs Administration HED 725 (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to give a historical and philosophical overview of student affairs profession. The purpose of the various student affairs functional areas will be discussed. Practitioners’ roles and responsibilities are examined. An introduction to professional associations, literature, and development will be provided.
History, Organization, and Governance of Higher Education   HED 705 (3 semester hours)
This course reviews the history of American higher education which establishes the context for understanding current organizational and governance patterns in public and private colleges and universities. Topics of study include higher education leadership, management, policies, practices and politics.
Enrollment Management HED 740 (3 semester hours)
This course provides theoretical and practical guidance on recruiting, admitting, retaining and graduating students.  Topics of study include strategic planning, integrated marketing, student services, collaboration, financial aid, technology, best practices and assessment.
Critical Issues in Higher Education HED 730 (3 semester hours)
This course examines critical problems and issues facing colleges and universities. There will be a strong emphasis on change processes and improvement in performance and effectiveness.
Action Research HED 745 (3 semester hours)
During this course, candidates will develop and implement an action research study including: developing the research methodology, gathering data, creating a literature review, analyzing the data collected, developing conclusions, and presenting the final outcomes.
Practicum HED 770 (3 semester hours) 
Required ONLY for students not currently working in an approved area of higher education.
This course provides candidates with additional supervised experience in the functions and duties associated with leadership at the college level and higher education management. It is designed to emphasize to candidates the behaviors, best practices and dispositions of management leadership.
Students requesting an exemption for HED 770, Practicum, must meet the following requirement:
Submit documentation verifying current employment in an approved area of higher education ***
The request must be submitted during the second semester of enrollment to the Program Director
***To be considered working in an approved area of higher education, you must have DIRECT interaction with and the authority to make decisions relating to student issues in your area. Areas of direct interaction include: student affairs, housing, activities, career services, retention management, community service, multicultural affairs, programming, financial services, financial aid, campus wellness, etc.