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Critical Issues in Higher Education: College Student Wellness

Hybrid Summer Course Combines Face-to-Face and Online Learning with Networking and Social Activities

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.

If you are a face-to-face or online student, this is your chance to be on Stony Brook’s campus for a full week in the summer. HEA 540 Critical Issues in Higher Education will focus on a variety of timely topics and issues.  The course will include some online components in June and July, with the class meeting face-to-face on the Stony Brook West campus from 9 am – 5 pm (with occasional evening activities). 

Who Should Take This Course

 It is open to all HEA students and to students from other Stony Brook graduate programs (with permission of the instructor). Visiting students may also take the course with permission (see the Summer Sessions Website for application).



College Student WellnessOn-campus: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, 9am - 5pm
Instructor:  Julie Muller

This year's HEA Summer Institute focuses on the topic of wellness, with special attention given to the college student population and other members of the higher education community.  In this class, students will engage in reflective discussion and writing to further their understanding of wellness, and the role that higher education administrators play in supporting overall wellness on campus.  The class will include guest speakers and visits to campus resources to more critically explore the viewpoints and behaviors that impact physical, mental, emotional, social, and intellectual wellness.


We are looking into discounted accommodations for those students who are out of the area. When we have all of the details, we will post them here but feel free to reach out to the instructor with any questions.



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HEA Summer Institutes

College Student Wellness is one topic of the HEA 540 Critical Issues in Higher Education course, which is often offered as a hybrid Summer Institute. Previous Summer Institutes include:

Summer 2015 - Leadership in Higher Education
Summer 2016 - Challenges & Concerns in Higher Education
Summer 2017 - College Student Wellness
Summer 2018 - Institutional Strategic Planning
Summer 2019 - College Student Wellness