Higher Education Administration

Higher Education Administration Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for all HEA courses appear below. To see what is being offered in the upcoming term, view our course schedule.

Core Courses

HEA 501: Foundations of Higher Education Administration
This course introduces students to the primary areas of responsibility for higher education.  Topics include college and university organizational structures, human resource issues, finance and budgeting, legal issues, parental involvement, and mission/access/retention. HEA 501 is required in a student's first fall or spring semester
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HEA 502: Survey of College Student Development Theory
This course examines the major theoretical constructs that inform practitioners who work with college students.  Topics will include moral and ethical development, emotional maturation and identity formation, as well as the link between student persistence and involvement. Students will gain an understanding of psychosocial/affective, cognitive, typological and person/ environment interaction theories.
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HEA 503: Leadership in Higher Education
This course studies leadership on college campuses, both from a theoretical perspective and in the actual practice of leadership. Emphasis is given to leadership in the higher education setting, while drawing upon business, political, sociological, and psychological constructs and approaches. Examples include exploration of persuasion, influence, power, and politics. The course also will examine administration/management, governance, systems, and organizational theory. 
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HEA 504: Research and Assessment in Higher Education
This course introduces assessment and program evaluation in colleges and universities. With increasingly difficult, diverse, and complex decision-making circumstances, it is essential that professionals examine assessment techniques and how these strategies may be best employed to benefit organizations and ultimately their stakeholders. Higher education (like other organizations) must use evidence for planning and linking programs, evaluating and assessing program results, and improving programs based on evaluation data. Assignments will emphasize how to perform effective, high quality assessment and program evaluations.
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HEA 521: Diversity and Higher Education
This course examines diversity in institutions of higher education from both a theoretical and historical framework.  It will provide a foundation for examining policy and practice by the study of key concepts in human diversity, legislation and case studies. Best practice assessment methods are explored within the context of multicultural pedagogy.

HEA 595: Project Seminar
The goal of the Project Seminar is to teach students to understand and conduct graduate-level research that culminates in a final research paper.
Prerequisite: At least 24 credits completed in MA in HEA program.
  Co- or pre-requisite: HEA 504
: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for HEA 595 Project Seminar. A grade of B or better is required in order to satisfy this degree requirement.


HEA 510: Technology in Higher Education
Higher education is impacted by technology on an ever changing scale. This course will explore new and innovative technologies in higher education, and their impact on student learning, engagement, and motivation. Students will learn about best practices in higher education, including several web based productivity and course management tools, cyber-ethics and digital footprint, organization of the digital world, collaborating with technology, social media, virtual worlds as well as presentation strategies and tools. The culminating project is the research, assessment, analysis, and presentation of a college student technology profile.

HEA 520: Advising and Counseling in Higher Education
This course is an introduction to advising and counseling in higher education. Course topics include advising and student development theory; advising structures for effective learning, teaching, and mentoring; legal issues in advising; advising methods and best practices; key stakeholders in advising; and articulating a personal advising philosophy.

HEA 522: Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education
This course will explore the critical role that student safety and effective institutional management of student crises play in the academic and social success of students. Risk factors such as mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use, and violence will be examined, as well as protective factors such as sense of belonging/community, health and wellness, and self-efficacy. Course participants will become familiar with the latest best practices in institutional strategies for creating a safe environment for learning.

HEA 523: Student Affairs Administration
An overview of the history of the Student Affairs field as well as a more in-depth examination of the changing context in which student affairs professionals practice. This includes the philosophies, ethics, and theories that guide the practice of student affairs work. Review of the development of the field, legal and ethical foundations of practice, learning, retention and development theories, changing campus environment (including diversity, economic considerations and access issues), organizational structure, strategic planning and finance, information technology, learning outcomes and assessment and human resources as they relate to student affairs. Consideration of the practical application of such topics in specific student affairs units including housing/residence life, student activities, career services, counseling and student health centers and judicial affairs. 
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HEA 524: Enrollment Management
This course covers marketing the university, programs to attract applicants, the application process, generating and applying models for predicting enrollment, and assessing outcomes, including ratios such as applicant-to-accept, accept-to-enrollment, and enrollment-to-retention, and graduation rates. Issues of selectivity, financial aid leveraging (merit and need-based scholarships and aid programs), and linkages between academic and student affairs are covered. The prime focus is undergraduate enrollment, but the course also examines graduate and professional school enrollment.  Students learn roles of admissions officers and counselors, information technology and data processing professionals, and institutional research analysts. Ways to attract and retain students, increase selectivity and enrollment, and improve students’ academic and social integration and success are highlighted throughout the course.
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HEA 525: The Contemporary Undergraduate
An in-depth examination of lifestyle, attitudes, characteristics and demographics of the contemporary undergraduate college student in the United States. This course offers an overview of the theoretical and research literature on college students in the U.S. from a variety of perspectives, and considers the educational, social, and environmental needs of different student subgroups. Students will explore traditional and non-traditional college populations at two-and four-year institutions.

HEA 526: Career Counseling and the Psychology of Work
A comprehensive overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of career development, career counseling, and the psychology of working. Fundamental career development theories will be presented with emphasis on application within the college student population. Readings and discussions will cover the psychological aspects of career indecision, as well as those family, social and cultural factors which influence the career identity formation of a college student. Students will explore the complex ways in which economics and politics define the contemporary world of work and shape a student's career choices and decisions. A practice of integrative career counseling approaches via case study analysis will be emphasized. Co- or pre-requisite: HEA 502

HEA 527: Community College Administration
A study of the history, philosophy, nature, and administrative functions of the community college in the United States.  This course introduces concepts related to the knowledge and skills that will enable a reflective community college administrator to effectively and efficiently navigate the issues associated with administering a community college in the 21st century.

HEA 530: Legal Issues in Higher Education
This course, designed for college and university administrators, presents an overview of key issues and problem areas in the fast developing law of higher education. Topics include student and faculty rights and responsibilities, academic freedom, governance, affirmative action, campus security, collective bargaining and labor relations, to name just a few. Students will review important court cases that establish a framework for decision-making and will also participate in problem-solving exercises.

HEA 531: Finance Issues in Higher Education
This course is devoted to the examination of critical concepts in higher education finance by analyzing key theories, structures and challenges of college and university financing. Funding sources, the role of federal and state governments, allocation of resources, balancing budgets and contingency plans will be discussed along with ethical considerations of major public policy issues in financing higher education such as affordability, access/choice, equity, productivity and accountability, and the public private benefits of higher education.

HEA 532: Facilities Management in Higher Education
Today’s higher education administrator is faced with a cross-section of job responsibilities and functions which may include the management and maintenance of academic facilities. This course focuses on the organizational structure of college and university facilities and the responsibilities of managers within the facilities unit. The course examines the multi-disciplinary activities within the built environment and the impact they have on students, faculty, staff and the surrounding campus community.

HEA 533: Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education
Through an in depth examination of the historical path (past, present and future) and significance of intercollegiate athletics within the context of colleges and universities, professionals will be prepared for active engagement with athletics administrators, coaches and student-athletes in varying capacities. This course is designed for college administrators from all disciplines to enhance their understanding of intercollegiate athletics and the role of sport in higher education.

HEA 534: Philanthropy in American Higher Education
An exploration of the evolution of philanthropic support in American higher education and an introduction to theoretical foundations and current best practices in educational philanthropy. Students will consider the current state of philanthropy, trends and forecasting challenges, mission-centered institutional advancement, key philanthropic stakeholders and influencers, donor motivation and behavior, and ethical issues in philanthropy.

HEA 535: International Higher Education
This course examines international higher education and the historical, political, cultural and socio-economic evolution differentiating national tertiary systems, regional frameworks, and international cooperation among industrialized, developing, and transitioning countries. Comparative higher education theory, empirical examples, and international organization and government reports are investigated to benchmark system performance, international and global models, and assess quality, standards, accreditation, accountability, and governance shaping sector policy, planning, and reform. Contemporary public-private higher education dichotomy, administration, funding mechanisms, curriculum and organization of degrees, academic profession, and the social stratification impacting higher education access and student mobility in the knowledge economy is explored. (Advisory pre-requisite for Study Abroad HEA programs).

HEA 540: Critical Issues in Higher Education
This course is designed to acquaint students with critical/emerging issues in the field of higher education, with a focus on administration. This course asks students to explore, examine and discuss challenges and concerns facing the present and future of higher education. Using several pedagogical techniques, students will be challenged to analyze different topics toward a constructively critical perspective. This course is presented in a "think tank" format that will require students to share their thoughts and reflect on their experience. May be repeated 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

HEA 560: Comparative University Systems
An examination of higher education institutions, referencing leading universities in major cities of a particular geographical region (e.g., Asia, Europe, South America), and comparing them with those in the US. By combining university information sessions and lectures on the region's history and educational philosophy, students will acquire knowledge and an appreciation for the historical and traditional significance of higher education in a given region while enriching their knowledge of that area's contemporary student. This course may include a study tour or online component for greater understanding of higher education administration in practice outside of the US. Complete details at HEA Study Abroad.

HEA 586: Practicum in Higher Education
This course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate theory and practice and become familiar with the role of professionals within the higher education field. Students enrolled in the course will participate in a 150 hour internship in an approved higher education or student affairs department. The focus of the course will be to reflect and discuss the field experience.
Instructor consent required.
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HEA 587: Advanced Practicum in Higher Education Administration
This advanced practicum course will provide students with additional opportunities to integrate theory and practice within the higher education field. Students enrolled in the course will participate in a 150 hour internship in an approved higher education or student affairs department. The focus of the course will be to reflect and discuss the field experience.
Pre-requisite: HEA 586

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