Graduate Higher Education Leadership
2020 Spring Term
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ASSESSMENT IN STUDENT AFFAIRS
This course provides students with an overview of the assessment and evaluation processes that allow Student Affairs professionals to develop assessment approaches that gather, analyze, and interpret information to improve institutional, departmental, and divisional effectiveness. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessment will be examined with an emphasis on pragmatic application.
LEGAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the American legal system so that they can identify the history and sources of law, read and interpret laws and relevant cases, understand how the court systems work, and understanding of personal and institutional liability. Emphasis will be placed on issues and laws likely to be encountered by Higher Education practitioners.
ISSUES, PERSPECTIVES AND DIRECTIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This seminar will provide an introduction to contemporary issues in higher education, with a specific focus on understanding diverse student characteristics and subsequent issues faced in higher education settings at public, private and two year institutions. Students will learn to use research to support practice through and investigation of essential philosophical questions and current issues in higher education leadership settings. Students will apply reflections on their own practice as they develop skills of analysis and argumentation.
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course emphasizes personal awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for ongoing development of a personal intercultural framework for student affairs practice. Theories related to domestic and international dimensions of diversity, interactional diversity and the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression will be explored in university contexts. This course will examine challenges and opportunities for creating inclusive and affirming campus communities.
NCAA GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE
The course will introduce students to the governance and compliance structures of intercollegiate athletics including NCAA Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Students will apply athletic conference rules, NCAA rules and institutional policies to practitioner settings in higher education athletics leadership.
READING, ANALYZING AND EVALUATING HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH
This course provides scholar-practitioners with foundational knowledge on the processes of reading, analyzing, and evaluating research in the higher education. Students will develop an understanding of the inquiry process and apply this knowledge to develop an independent research question and study. Students will read and analyze educational literature from a P-20 perspective to inform their inquiry process as a scholar-practitioner.
CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO AND CAREER APPLICATION
This course will introduce and apply foundational theories of career development and methods of career assessment to assist with personal career planning. Students will complete a formal professional vision and portfolio utilizing artifacts from courses completed during their core and emphasis area courses. Cross-Listed: HELEAD/PEPROF/HEALTHED/RECREATN/COACHING 781
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.