Higher Education Doctoral Course Descriptions

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HED 702 Methods of Research (3)

This course provides an overview of methods used to conduct and evaluate research in the area of social science. This course will include discussion on the scientific method, development of research questions, exploration of literature, formulation of research designs, and professional critique of methodologies. Additionally, the focus of this course will be on the continuum of designs from the least to most constraint. Qualitative and quantitative designs will be reviewed.

HED 703 Advanced Research Methodologies: Qualitative and Quantitative (3)

In this course, students will review both qualitative and quantitative methodologies utilized in designing research studies in the field of higher education. Topics will include descriptive and inferential statistics as well as a variety of supporting designs, which students will find applicable to their dissertation studies. (Pre-requisite HED 702)

HED 704 Advanced Research: Action Research Design (3)

This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in universities, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include participatory design of practices and policies in a framework of action research, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects. (Pre-requisite HED 702)

HED 705 Introduction to Higher Education (3)

This course examines the historical, political, philosophical, and cultural shifts including technology that have given rise to and shaped modern day higher educational practice. Special focus will be placed on the objectives and functions of various types of higher education institutions and the adult learning population in contemporary colleges and universities.

HED 712 Higher Education Administration, Change & Innovation (3)

This course is will provide an overview of the basic organizational structure of higher education and how leadership at every level may use that structure to facilitate change and innovation. In that light, the role of each leadership unit (academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, finance, institutional advancement) is examined.

HED 720 Cognition, Learning, and Pedagogy (3)

Based on contemporary research in cognitive science including information processing, organization of knowledge, and complex cognitive skills, this course will apply theory to the practice of pedagogy. Learning styles, brain- based behavior, and the concepts of multiple intelligences will be explored.

HED 721 Diversity and Multiculturalism in Higher Education (3)

This addresses historical, contemporary and research aspects the major areas related to diversity, multiculturalism, and equity in higher education.  This course emphasizes development of the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to be a multicultrurally-competent higher education faculty and/or administrator through the lens of structural inequality and diversity.  It emphasizes the practitioner's responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities for creating and sustaining affirming, pluralistic, and inclusive campus communities for all students.

HED 725 Finance and Strategic Planning (3)

This course reviews budgeting and planning models appropriate to a broad spectrum of higher education programs. Topics will include accounting methods, financial management strategies, asset management, risk control, resource allocation, revenue sources, fiscal planning, and the impact of governmental fiscal policies.

HED 730 Ethics and Decision Making (3)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to theories and practices of leadership ethics within higher education. Students will reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on leadership and decision making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame their professional ethical perspectives.

HED 731 Best Practices in Teaching and Learning (3)

This course is designed for current and aspiring college level teachers and focuses on the practical application of best practices in teaching in today's diverse college classroom.  After a theoretical research-based foundation, best practices are identified, modeled, and evaluated.

HED 732 Evaluation and Assessment in College Teaching (3)

This course is designed for current and aspiring college level teachers and focuses on the variety of evaluative methods used to assess student learning.  After a theoretical research-based foundation, various models of evaluation are developed, discussed and evaluated.  Student outcomes assessment is explained and students can prepare an assessment plan for course learning outcomes that can be implemented in the next semester.

HED 735 Public Policy and Legal Issues (3)

This course examines the legal principles within which higher education functions, with emphasis on structure, personnel, programs, property, and finance. Public policy issues related to federal and state funding mandates and compliance will be explored as well as the role of higher education leaders in assisting legislators with making policy decisions.

HED 740 Curriculum Design, Delivery, and Assessment (3)

This course focuses on current standards for curriculum design and assessment in accordance with the standards set by state and regional authorities. Students will become familiar with state and regional agency documents related to the design and development of new programs as well as the assessment of existing programs. Modification and adaptation of the curriculum for students with special needs will be examined.

HED 745 Strategies for Institutional Advancement (3)

By providing both a theoretical framework and practical applications, this course will engage students in the history, status, and challenges of institutional advancement.  Areas covered will include alumni relations, institutional positioning, marketing, communications, and funds development.  The relationship of these activities to academic priorities, strategic planning, government regulations, and policy initiatives will also be covered.

HED 748 Enrollment Management (3)

This course will examine current trends pertaining to recruitment and retention of students at all levels of higher education. The application of technology to enrollment management along with the impact of recent changes in financial aid regulations will be discussed.

HED 750 Student Services in Higher Education (3)

Taking both theoretical and practice-based approaches, this course will examine the wide range of issues currently affecting student development and engagement. Topics include enrollment management, diversity issues, residence life, student activities, athletics, discipline, and campus security.

HED 755 Program and Instructional Evaluation (3)

This course will focus on strategic planning for program and institutional research and assessment. Topics will include the development of clear outcomes expectations, selection of reliable instrumentation, data collection plans, and feedback loops. The role of accreditation agencies will be examined.

HED 760 Current Issues in Higher Education (3)

This course provides an overview of topics and policies of current importance in higher education. Topics include: response to federal mandates, enrollment management, minority student retention, faculty development, management of adult learning programs, and fund raising during times of economic downturn.

HED 765 Advanced Topics in Higher Education (Independent Study) (1-3)

A one-semester independent project, which meets the approval of the program chair and is conducted under faculty supervision, will frame this course. Students may merit one, two, or three credits according to the complexity of the project.

HED 790 Dissertation Seminar (3)

This seminar is designed to prepare students for beginning the dissertation in the Fall semester. Students review the Dissertation Handbook, including dissertation requirements, formatting, information technology, committee selection, ethical issues in research, and the department's timeline for completing the dissertation process. Students work in seminar format to refine dissertation topics and methodology, and to complete a dissertation proposal prospectus. Grading is "Pass" or "Fail." (Pre-requisite HED 797)

(Prerequisite: all required course work prior to the Dissertation Research Seminar with a GPA of at least 3.3 and also must secure the approval of the chair/program director)

HED 797 Comprehensive Examination (0)

This examination is a culminating experience which reflects the student's synthesis and integration of knowledge. A two-part examination - oral and written - will serve to determine the student's synthesis of the academic content of the program. This examination will also provide the opportunity for students to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained to practical situations. Grading is Pass/Fail with the student needing to pass all components of the examination in order to receive a "Pass" for the entire examination. The student is allowed to take the examination twice. In order to be eligible for the comprehensive examination, the student must complete all required course work prior to the Dissertation Research Seminar with a GPA of at least 3.3 and also must secure the approval of the chair.

HED 798-799-800 Dissertation (3, 3, 3)

Working with committee to complete dissertation, students must register for consecutive semesters of dissertation. HED 798 involves completion of the dissertation proposal. Normally, HED 799 involves data collection/analysis, and HED 800 involves preparation of the final document and the dissertation defense. See Dissertation Handbook for further details. (Pre-requisite HED 790)

HED 000 Dissertation Continuation

Required for students who have completed HED 798, 799, and 800, but need additional time to complete the dissertation process.

HED 820 Applied Field Experience (3)

Students complete a minimum of 90 hours in a field experience related to higher education leadership as determined in conjunction with their advisor. A seminar and internship-based project will serve as a capstone experience for the program.

GEN 505 Adult Human Development (3)

This course focuses on human development as a lifelong process of interaction between the individual and the environment within particular contexts. Cognition, emotions, and values are seen as influencing behavior and the role people play in their own development. The primary emphases of the class are psychosocial, psychological (cognitive), and intellectual development. Although physical development is discussed it is not a primary issue for the class. Seminal adult development scholars and their theories are presented and discussed.


Nursing Education Concentration Courses

HED 765 Advanced Topics (Independent Study) (1-3)

A one-semester independent project, which meets the approval of the program chair and is conducted under faculty supervision, will frame this course.  Students may merit one, two, or three credits according to the complexity of the project. 

HED 770 Program Development & Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)

This course gives students the opportunity to focus on the cyclical systematic process of program planning and assessment. Major topics include conducting a needs assessment and analysis, establishing program goals and student learning outcomes, planning of the program assessment, and setting up processes for evaluation and improvement that involve external and internal stakeholders at all levels in the context of all appropriate accreditation and licensing bodies in both higher education and nursing. The course will culminate in the simulated experience of presenting a complete new nursing program proposal delivered to a college board of trustees.

HED 771 Instructional Design & Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)

This course offers students an exploration of theory and practice of the systematic instructional design of nursing curriculum in the context of current institutional, professional, and regulatory environments at the local, state, national, and international levels. 

HED 772 Learning Theory and Practice for Classroom & Clinical Nursing Education (3)

In this course, students study and apply theory-based practices of teaching and learning in classroom and clinical nursing education courses utilizing face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery models.  Collaborative strategies for designing student learning outcomes, assessments, and activities are emphasized.

HED 773 Advanced Scientific Inquiry in Nursing & Health Care (3)

Within this course, students will apply advanced research design, instrumentation, data collection and analysis to questions and topics in the area of nursing and health care with an emphasis on advanced evidence-based quantitative methods.

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