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2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018) 
    
2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018)

Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy - PhD in Education


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In this specialization, educators apply effective leadership and management strategies to facilitate positive social change in higher education. Students research and examine institutions of higher education from a systemic perspective and learn how internal and external systems, politics, and policies impact institutional effectiveness, student learning and development, and the organization’s overall development and impact. The focus of this program is also on helping education professionals develop the leadership and management skills required to address the needs of a dynamic and expanding higher education landscape, domestically and internationally.     

The Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy specialization is designed for professionals in community colleges, private and public liberal arts colleges, distance-learning institutions, regional and state universities, state and federal agencies, and national professional associations. 

Learning Outcomes


As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Implement diversity proficiencies in higher education programs and policies.
  2. Exhibit proficiency in the use of higher education law, policy-making process, and governance.
  3. Utilize current research to address domestic and international issues in higher education.
  4. Collaborate with a variety of external stakeholders.
  5. Apply leadership and management skills to promote organizational development within higher education settings.
  6. Promote positive social change through leadership.
  7. Apply effective technology strategies to support higher education settings.
  8. Exhibit leadership in program evaluation, strategic planning, and assessment.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.

Curriculum


Core Research Sequence (15 cr.)


Courses composing the core research sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100 or 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 or 8210 and RSCH 8300 or 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


Those enrolled in this specialization are required to complete an advanced research course. The university offers three advanced research courses: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods. When the prospectus is approved, students will take the advanced research course selected as the methodology approved for the dissertation.
 
Students are required to complete one of the following courses:

Dissertation (20 cr.[minimum requirement]-120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*


  • EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation *To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Course Sequence


Course Credits
EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦  OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦  (6 weeks) 5 cr.
EDPD 8030 - Higher Education in the 21st Century♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8031 - Leading and Managing Instructional Change♦   5 cr.
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8032 - Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation in Higher Education♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8033 - The Politics of Higher Education: Policy Development and Implementation   5 cr.
EDPD 8113 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success   3 cr.
RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8034 - International Education and Development   5 cr.
EDPD 8114 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research   3 cr.
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8042 - Education Law, Policy, and Governance♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8910 - Completing the Prospectus   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation * 20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of your foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Note on Certification


This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.