The HIED program focuses on administration and leadership in postsecondary settings.The program also emphasizes an organizational and social science level approach, and is organized around administrative and programmatic issues and interventions.
The program and its faculty are committed to building on students’ prior knowledge of higher education, providing a solid background of higher education theories and practices to expand their knowledge, and teaching them how to apply them to their professions so that they may contribute to the needs and advancement of their postsecondary institutions and our society. This program is intended for students wishing to enter a master’s degree program that will provide them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to take on leadership and administrative positions within community colleges, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, higher education administration, local, state and national public policy organizations, local, state and national government offices, accrediting agencies, and professional associations.
The content of the program is based on professional competencies and program standards and guidelines developed by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Issues of diversity, equity, minority-serving institutions, and college access and retention are explicitly built into the curriculum. In addition, attention is also provided to issues of higher education globally, and the potential placement of graduates within institutions of higher education internationally.