Taken at the beginning of the program, this course introduces students to the field of higher education. This course begins with an overview of the historical development of the American higher education system. It then introduces students to a variety of institution types, governance and administration structures, and key stakeholders in higher education (students, parents, faculty, administrators, governing/accrediting bodies, etc.) and their various roles.
All students are required to complete a three-credit capstone project as the culminating experience of the program. This course, taken during the student’s last semester, demonstrates the student’s advanced grasp of the discipline of higher education administration and provides the opportunity to synthesize all of the theoretical and practical content taught during the program into one course experience. Each student works with a faculty advisor who serves as a guide through the detailed development and execution of the project and related deliverables. The capstone project is also an opportunity for students to develop connections and gain mentors to help them progress in their career upon graduation. To successfully fulfill the capstone requirement, students must complete an applied research project or an in-depth research paper, and defend their work in front of a panel of faculty and experts.
Note: This course meets online and requires program approval.
This course provides a firm foundation in the essential concepts and skills of ethical decision-making in higher education. The course will also explore issues and frameworks that administrators are confronted with as they form an ethical culture within their institution. Jesuit pedagogy will be utilized throughout the delivery of the course as a way of engaging with larger questions of social justice within ethical decision-making.
Designed to give students an understanding of the budgeting considerations and processes at various levels within an institution, this course pays special attention to the different roles and functions of budget officers and how budgeting and finance affect various aspects of an institution’s operations. Students engage with financial methods and practices through case studies and problem sets. This course examines whether different financial approaches are more suitable for public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit higher education. Finally, students will learn how macroeconomic factors affect higher education institutions’ revenue streams and cost structures and how to communicate effectively with others about financial challenges.
Understanding student outcomes assessment is critical for anyone working with faculty or academic departments or co-curricular student engagement, as this is the basis of evaluating student learning. This course will provide an introduction to student outcomes assessment for administrators during the first part of the course. The second part of the course will then focus on program evaluation, which will teach administrators how to work with faculty, department chairs, and other administrators to evaluate the health of academic and co-curricular programs in order to fine-tune, update, or sunset programs.