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, quantitative, and mixed method designs and their underlying philosophies will be reviewed.

HED 703 Quantitative Research Methods (3)

This course reviews quantitative methodologies utilized in designing research studies in the field of higher education. Quantitative topics include descriptive and inferential statistics (i.e. sampling methods, descriptive statistics, standard scores, distributions, statistical significance testing, t-tests, correlation, chi-square, power and effect size) as well as a variety of supporting designs. This course emphasizes interpretive knowledge versus computation. (Pre-requisite: HED 702)

HED 704 Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Designs (3)

This course covers how to formulate qualitative and mixed methods research questions and how to design research studies. As part of the process, the researcher/participant positionality, power dynamics, ethics and techniques of research are examined. In addition, the course provides practice in different qualitative data collection methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observation. (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 706 Adult and Student Development (3)

With a focus on emerging adulthood as a state of development that encompasses the traditional college years, this course examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual development of adults. Theory will be applied to situations in higher education as related to the developmental tasks of adulthood.  As the course moves into theories of middle and later adulthood, students will be encouraged to make applications to the needs of graduate students, their own lives and the lives of family members.

HED 711 Special Topics (1-3)

This course is a one-semester small group project-oriented course, which meets the approval of the program chair and is conducted under faculty supervision. Students may merit one, two, or three credits according to the complexity of the project. The study would be outside the scope of the current courses. Examples of study include executive leadership, global models of accreditation, advanced quantitative or qualitative research methods, community and governmental relations, student persistence and completion, etc.

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

This course provides 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 721 Diversity and Multiculturalism in Higher Education (3)

This course emphasizes development of the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to be a multiculturally 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 institutions. The emphasis is on developing strategic thinking. Topics will include strategic planning strategies, constituent involvement, decision making, assessment, budgeting models, revenue sources, resource allocation, fiscal management, 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 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (3)

Learning outcomes assessment is critical to providing high-quality learning environments and promoting student achievement. This course focuses on the assessment cycle of creating learning outcomes both in and outside of the classroom, designing appropriate assessments, developing the instructional strategies and closing the feedback loop to improve learning.

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 fundraising during times of economic downturn.

HED 764 Global Topics in Education (3)

In this course, students explore a higher education system in a selected country and compare it to the system in the United States. The course involves a faculty-led study trip to the country of the system being studied and visits to universities of various types within that country. The two systems will be compared through an examination of the ways in which these two systems differ in light of current issues such as the globalization of higher education, funding, access and assessment. During the trip, students will learn about historical and contemporary national culture as they explore various aspects of the area they are visiting.

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. Examples of study include executive leadership, global models of accreditation, advanced quantitative or qualitative research methods, community and governmental relations, student persistence and completion, etc. 

HED 766 Doctoral Competencies and Professional Ethics - Parts I and II (1.5, 1.5)

A two-part course generally offered late spring/early summer on the Immaculata campus and focused in the following scholarly and professional development areas. Grading is pass or fail.

Part I:  Introduction to Doctoral Competencies and Professional Ethics (1.5)

An introduction to ethics and ethical frameworks will be explored and applied to student learning including understanding and using academic sources and graduate student citizenship. This class will introduce foundational concepts in the dissertation thought-process. Learning will also focus on a continuation of research methods including writing skills, APA style, reference tools and methods overviews with a one-year competency check in doctoral writing. This class will explore ways of being engaged professionally in the academic community.

Part II:  Development of Doctoral Competencies and Professional Ethics (1.5)

Ethics of research will explore working with human subjects including research ethics history, NIH standards and RERB protocols. Students will begin to home in on a dissertation topic and focus. This class will also explore doctoral student best practices of mentorship and professional engagement. A second year competency check will focus on students' use and integration of scholarly research. This class will combine work on dissertation progress with a future focus on the ethics of the student’s profession, career planning, professional writing, presenting, and networking. (Pre-requisite: HED 766 Part I)

HED 790 Dissertation Seminar (3)

This seminar is designed to prepare students for beginning the dissertation in the subsequent 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."  Prerequisite: all required course work prior to the Dissertation Research Seminar with a minimum of a “B” in each course and a GPA of at least 3.3. Students also must secure the approval of the chair/program director and the successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

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. In order to be eligible for the comprehensive examination, students must complete all required course work prior to the Dissertation Research Seminar with a “B” or better and with a GPA of at least 3.3. Students also must secure the approval of the chair. 

The student is allowed to take the examination twice. In the event that a student should fail the examination twice, the student will be dismissed from the program. If the failure is due to academic dishonesty, the student will be dismissed from the program on the first occurrence. Withdrawal from the comprehensive examination beyond the published withdrawal date is permissible one time.

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

Working with a committee to complete the dissertation, students must register for consecutive semesters of dissertation. Normally,  HED 798 involves completion of the dissertation proposal, 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 is designed  to serve as a vehicle for applying and extending the knowledge learned in the program coursework.


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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