The Higher Education division brings together a diverse group of faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers with scholarly interests in the field of higher education. The Higher Education division is designed to provide graduate students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the social, political, and economic issues encompassing the development and future challenges of higher and postsecondary institutions. Curricular priorities include integrating theory and practice, maintaining strong interdisciplinary areas of study, fostering high quality research, and enhancing leadership development.
The mission of the Higher Education division is to prepare graduates who are expected to attain the academic objectives through a set of interrelated core courses that examine relevant conceptual and theoretical developments in history, public policy, diversity, and philosophy. Students have an opportunity to examine multiple research methodologies, to acquire methodological specializations based on interest and expertise, and to undertake guided internships. In fulfilling this mission, the division supports and advances education by:
- Participating in collaborative projects, funded research, individual endeavors, the Higher Education Collaborative series, and affiliated activities.
- Examining pressing concerns in areas such as higher education policy & finance, transition to college & community college, and academic administration.
- Integrating theory and practice, maintaining strong interdisciplinary areas of study, fostering high quality research, and enhancing leadership development.
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