Course Descriptions

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration Online Degree

ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

Emphasis given to historical, empirical, and experimental methods of research; to techniques of research design and statistical analysis; and to skills in writing reviews and critiques of research literature.

ELFH 607 Principles of Educational Leadership for Higher Education

Examines concepts, analytical tools, case material, and organizational theories from the public, business, and educational administration sectors.

ELFH 659 Program Development & Assessment in Higher Education

Guides students in the design and implementation of a program in higher education based on organizational and situational analyses, and measures performance through student learning assessment and program evaluation data.

ELFH 668 Academic Advising

Provides a historical perspective of academic advising, examines the theoretical foundations of professional practice, and promotes the development of skills for effective academic advising.

ELFH 670 Instructional Strategies

Analyzes scholarly research about why we set up learning experiences the way that we do and how to apply these research findings to student interactions; examines roadblocks that arise in implementing research-based plans; explores ways to critique instructional plans to improve their design, teaching, and learning.

ELFH 678 The American College and University

Examination of historical development of the American college, community college, and university, including major ideas and concepts underlying these developments and major problems affecting present institutions of higher learning.

ELFH 680 Legal Issues in Higher Education

Examination of constitutional and statutory provisions and court decisions affecting educational leadership in postsecondary education.

ELFH 681 Philosophy of Higher Education 

Analyzes competing philosophies of higher education, with the purpose of helping students construct consistent sets of beliefs about values in higher education as a guide to administrative and academic decisions. 

ELFH 682 Organization and Administration of Higher Education Institutions

Explores organizational and administrative theory as related to colleges and universities and assessment of the roles of major administrative units of the institution.

ELFH 683 College Teaching

Introduces common theories of teaching and learning as students analyze elements of effective teaching; explores concepts such as critical thinking and metacognition.

ELFH 684 Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education

Study of resources, practices and procedures of finance and economics as related to postsecondary education. Provides investigation of specific and current educational finance issues affecting educational institutions.

ELFH 686 Two-Year Colleges

Focuses on the history, context, and mission of community colleges, including the challenges faced by community college administrators in the current social and economic context.

ELFH 687 Policy & Equity

Introduces students to education policies in P-12 and higher education by focusing on policy-making processes, stages of implementation, and analytical efforts; develops an understanding of education policymaking, the role of policies in shape educational outcomes, and the connections between education research and policy analysis, evaluation, and advocacy; analyzes challenges associated with policy implementation within schools, colleges, and universities, as well as issues of politics, power, and differential effects of policies on key stakeholders.

ELFH 688 Supervised Clinical Experience

Allows students to develop a meaningful framework for the application of knowledge and skills required to work with adult learners; designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate essential concepts and strategies related to presenting concepts in an effective style.

ELFH 690 Professional Project in Higher Education

Integrates theory and practice as a culminating experience for students learning about postsecondary education and gaining professional experiences under the supervision of higher education professionals; provides professionals an opportunity to apply course content to address topics and issues in higher education in a setting different from their current employment; serves as a vehicle to provide oversight for students’ internship experiences.

ELFH 693 College Students in the United States

Provides a comprehensive examination of the changing demographics of undergraduate students, the issues undergraduate students bring to institutions of higher education, as well as the educational outcomes of college attendance as it relates to educational policy. 

ELFH 694 Diversity and Higher Education

Explores relationships between forms of diversity (e.g., religion, class, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, nationality, nativism) and higher education; analyzes how diversity shapes higher education and how leaders within higher education institutions can be positive change agents regarding the diversity agenda.

ELFH 695 Globalization & Higher Education

Introduces students to globalization and related concepts, such as internationalization, internationalism, and transnationalism; examines the impacts of globalization on higher education, particularly the practice of higher education administration in the United States.

ELFH 697 Organizational Improvement in Higher Education

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and critique efforts of organizational improvement in postsecondary institutions in the United States; examines the cycle of continuous improvement, institutional agents, and how to resolve challenges to improvements; serves as the capstone course to the Master’s in Higher Education Administration program.

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