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2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018)

Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy (Self-Designed)


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In this specialization, education professionals have the unique ability to design a PhD program focusing in higher education that closely aligns with their goals. Students take a core of higher education courses and can then choose any four out of the 20 specialization courses, depending on their specific interests.

Through their coursework in this program, education professionals examine current practices and problems in higher education institutions. They also examine law, policy, and governance in the context of higher education leadership. The Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy (Self-Designed) specialization is intended for educators or administrators with a desire to conduct original research, contribute to the body of knowledge in the field, and make an impact on the future of higher education.

Curriculum


Electives (20 cr.)


Students will select four courses from the following list of EdD and/or PhD in Higher Education programs:

  • Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Education Leadership, Management and Policy
  • Adult Learning
  • Community College Leadership

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:

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation
  • *Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral study, 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 doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Course Credits
EDPD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education♦  OR EDPD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education♦  (6-week option) 5 cr.
EDPD 8030 - Higher Education in the 21st Century♦   5 cr.
EDPD 8042 - Education Law, Policy, and Governance♦   5 cr.
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
EDDD/EDPD Elective 5 cr.
EDDD/EDPD Elective 5 cr.
EDPD 8113 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success   3 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDDD/EDPD Elective 5 cr.
EDPD 8114 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research   3 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
EDDD/EDPD Elective 5 cr.
EDPD 8910 - Completing the Prospectus   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.