2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Higher Education

Office: Morgridge Office of Admissions
Mail Code: 1999 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2509
Email: edinfo@du.edu
Web Site: morgridge.du.edu/programs/higher-education/

The Higher Education Department mission is three-fold:

  1. Prepare social justice professionals for careers in postsecondary education related to administration, policy, teaching and research, as well as careers in public and private agencies of higher education, for-profit and not-for-profit settings, and in a multicultural and changing world
  2. Conduct equity-based research about persistent and/or timely problems facing postsecondary education
  3. Provide meaningful service to the University of Denver and broader Colorado community in matters pertaining to postsecondary education, especially related to equity, diversity and social justice

The Higher Education Department (HED) is an “Inclusive Excellence Unit” (www.aacu.org) and supports the concept that inclusiveness and excellence are one and the same. That is, students and instructors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds who become part of the department all bring unique gifts, talents and experiences that make tremendous contributions to the teaching and learning climate of the Higher Education Department.

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Students in the 90-credit Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education gain knowledge through coursework.  Competence is demonstrated by the successful completion and oral defense of a doctoral comprehensive exam, and the successful oral defense and publication of a dissertation. 

Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Students in the 65-credit Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education gain knowledge through coursework.  Competence is demonstrated by the successful completion and oral defense of a doctoral comprehensive exam, and the successful oral defense of a major research project. 

Master of Arts in Higher Education

The 50 credit HED Master’s program is designed to prepare professionals for administrative, leadership, student-centered, and/or policy-focused careers in postsecondary institutions, private and public agencies of higher education, and other educational settings. This generalist program enables students to explore the academic and practitioner-oriented issues related to postsecondary settings and to expand their experiential awareness through practical activities in administration, policy, and research.  Elective coursework allows students to complete an optional emphasis in one of three areas: College Student Affairs, Diversity and Higher Learning, or Public Policy and Organizational Change.  The final degree requirement is the successful completion of a capstone portfolio.

Accreditation

The University of Denver is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA), which is one of six regional educational accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government.  The HLC covers a nineteen state (mostly western and Midwestern) area, and over 1,000 institutions of higher learning hold membership in the Association.  DU received its first accreditation in 1914 and has maintained accreditation since that time.

Last HLC accreditation visit: 2010

Next HLC accreditation visit: 2021

Master of Arts in Higher Education

Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Higher Education at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Apply Online / Application Deadlines

  • Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Apply online.

  • All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, by the program’s stated deadline: Priority Deadline: January 16, 2016 for Fall 2016 Admit. The program will review well-qualified applicants after the deadline until the remaining space has been filled.
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.

Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU.

Transcripts

  • Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.

  • The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts.

  • Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript. Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program’s stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.

  • The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe. Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.

  • Mail official transcripts to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

Language Proficiency

  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
  • Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
  • Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) prior to matriculation.

Test Scores

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Statement of Professional Goals

  • A statement is required and should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Resume / C.V.

  • This should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Requests for letters should be sent to recommenders well in advance so the letters are on file by the application deadline.

Financial Support

  • To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline; February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid Website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Application Status

  • We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online atPioneerWeb.  Applicants will receive login information post application submission.

Contact Information

  • Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

  • Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.
  • For more information call (303) 871-2706

International Applicants

  • For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete, with all materials on file in the admission office, at least eight weeks prior to the program’s application deadline.

The Graduate Policies and Procedures provides complete details regarding admission requirements.

Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Following are the simple steps to apply for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Apply Online / Application Deadlines

  • Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Apply online.

  • All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, by the program’s stated deadline: Priority Deadline: December 15, 2016 for Fall 2016 Admit. The program will review well-qualified applicants after the deadline until the remaining space has been filled.
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.

Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU.

Transcripts

  • Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.

  • The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts.

  • Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript. Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program’s stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.

  • The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe. Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.

  • Mail official transcripts to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

Language Proficiency

  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
  • Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
  • Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) prior to matriculation.

Test Scores

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Statement of Professional Goals

  • A statement is required and should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Resume / C.V.

  • This should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Requests for letters should be sent to recommenders well in advance so the letters are on file by the application deadline.

Financial Support

  • To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline; February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid Website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Application Status

  • We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at PioneerWeb. Applicants will receive login information post application submission.

Contact Information

  • Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

  • Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.
  • For more information call (303) 871-2706

International Applicants

  • For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete, with all materials on file in the admission office, at least eight weeks prior to the program’s application deadline.

The Graduate Policies and Procedures provides complete details regarding admission requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Following are the simple steps to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Apply Online / Application Deadlines

  • Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Apply online.

  • All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, by the program’s stated deadline: Priority Deadline: December 15, 2016 for Fall 2016 Admit. The program will review well-qualified applicants after the deadline until the remaining space has been filled.
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.

Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU. Applicants to the PhD must have an earned master’s degree prior to matriculating into the doctoral program.

Transcripts

  • Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.

  • The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts.

  • Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript. Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program’s stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.

  • The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe. Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.

  • Mail official transcripts to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

Language Proficiency

  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
  • Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
  • Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) prior to matriculation.

Test Scores

  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program’s stated deadline. DU’s ETS Institution Code is 4842.

Statement of Professional Goals

  • A statement is required and should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Resume / C.V.

  • This should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Requests for letters should be sent to recommenders well in advance so the letters are on file by the application deadline..

Financial Support

  • To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline; February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid Website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Application Status

  • We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at PioneerWeb. Applicants will receive login information post application submission.

Contact Information

  • Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

  • Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.
  • For more information call (303) 871-2706.

International Applicants

  • For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete, with all materials on file in the admission office, at least eight weeks prior to the program’s application deadline.

The Graduate Policies and Procedures provides complete details regarding admission requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Research Requirement38
Foundations Courses13
Introductory Statistics
Structural Foundations of Research in Social Sciences
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Intermediate/Advanced Methods Courses9
HED Research Experience (HED Research Experience can be satisfied through any combination of the following, with advisor approval: Independent study that focuses on research methodology or research practice; HED 4216, Research Processes; additional Research Methods & Statistics (or related) coursework; or internship experiences wherein research practice is a primary component of the internship (e.g., institutional research or policy analysis or program evaluation.)6
Dissertation Research Credits10
Students must register for at least 1 credit hour of HED 5995 each quarter following completion of coursework, until graduation.
Dissertation Research
HED Required Courses24
Critical Higher Education
Current Issues in Higher Ed
Org & Governance of Higher Ed
Seminar in Higher Education
Seminar in Higher Education
Seminar in Higher Education
HED Electives16
Cognate Courses12
Total Credits Required90

A minimum of 90 credit hours is required beyond the earned master's degree.  No credit hours from the earned master's degree can be transferred into the PhD.

Non-coursework Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam

  • Oral Defense of Comprehensive Exam

  • Dissertation

  • Oral Defense of Dissertation 

Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Research Requirement29
Foundations Courses12
Introductory Statistics
Structural Foundations of Research in Social Sciences
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Higher Education Research Course4
Educational Policy Analysis
Or new HED course: Program Evaluation and Assessment
Doctoral Research Project Design3
HED Research Processes
Doctoral Research Credits10
Students must register for at least 1 credit hour of HED 5993 each quarter following completion of coursework, until graduation.
Doctoral Research - EdD
HED Required Courses24
Critical Higher Education
Current Issues in Higher Ed
Org & Governance of Higher Ed
The Community College
Seminar in Higher Education
Seminar in Higher Education
Higher Education Electives12
Total Credits Required65

A minimum of 65 credit hours is required beyond the earned master's degree.  No credit hours from the earned master's degree can be transferred into the EdD.

Non-coursework Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam

  • Oral Defense of Comprehensive Exam

  • The Doctoral Research Project

  • Oral Defense of Doctoral Research Project

Master of Arts in Higher Education

Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Research Requirement4
Education Research and Measurement
HED Required Courses22
History American Higher Ed
Introduction to Higher Education
Org & Governance of Higher Ed
Issues of Access & Opportunity
Retention, Persistence, and Student Success in Postsecondary Settings
Student Affairs Internship
or HED 4295
Intership in College and University Administration
or HED 4296
Internship in Public Policy
or HED 4297
Internship in College Teaching
HED Electives (Mix and match across HED course offerings or choose one of these optional emphasis areas: College Student Affairs, Diversity & Higher Learning, Leadership & Organizational Change)24
College Student Affairs Emphasis
Student Affairs Administration
Student Support in College
Students and College Environments
College Student Development Theory
HED XXXX Program Evaluation and Assessment
Seminar in Higher Education (as appropriate)
Diversity & Higher Learning Emphasis
Inclusive Excellence Programming and Development
Inclusive Excellence in Organizations
Critical Race Theory and Education
Gender & Sexual Orientation in Education
Race & Racism in Higher Education
Seminar in Higher Education (as appropriate)
Leadership & Organizational Change Emphasis
Introduction to Public Policy and Higher Education
Leadership and Supervision
Financing Higher Education
Legal Issues in Higher Education
Educational Policy Analysis
Seminar in Higher Education (as appropriate)
Total Credits Required50

Non-coursework requirements

  • Internship experience
  • Successful completion of a capstone portfolio

Courses

HED 3263 Sports and Higher Education (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of the general history of college and university sports, athletics, intramurals, intramurals, and wellness programs as a broad introduction to this area; additional emphases center on issues related to intercollegiate sports e.g., athletic department positions, student-athlete support systems, ethical considerations, legal issues, politics and policies pertaining to institutional and NCAA norms/regulations, and current and future issues in collegiate athletics. Prerequisite: must be junior- or senior-level student.

HED 3264 Psychosocial Dimensions of Sports and Wellness (4 Credits)

Cross listed with HED 4264.

HED 3991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 3992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 4210 Critical Higher Education (4 Credits)

This course examines the social and political context of U.S. education and provides an analysis of schooling, cultural politics, and global influences that inform current practices and structures of the higher education system. Central to this course is the development of a critical understanding of topics related to meritocracy, stratification, diversity, and decentralization in higher education. Prerequisite: Ph.D. student in higher education or permission of instructor.

HED 4211 Current Issues in Higher Ed (4 Credits)

A study of contemporary higher education as a specialized field of inquiry and as a professional area in which to work. Explores institutional missions as well as entities such as administration, faculty, curriculum, and student, in relationship to current issues.

HED 4212 Introduction to Public Policy and Higher Education (4 Credits)

This is an introductory course that gives students an overview of federal and state public policy, current issues, research methods, and practical skills required for the policy formation process. This is the introductory seminar to the Public Policy, Leadership and Organizational Change emphasis area for the master's program.

HED 4213 Leadership and Supervision (3 Credits)

General leadership theory and its implications for higher education; specific focus on leadership skills, such as conflict resolution, problem solving, use of teams and change advocacy.

HED 4214 History American Higher Ed (3 Credits)

Development of North American higher education from colonial times to the present, focusing on important educators and institutions. Primarily for doctoral students.

HED 4215 Curriculum Dev in Higher Ed (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of curriculum design, development, and change in higher education.

HED 4216 HED Research Processes (1-5 Credits)

Enables students to explore current research and theories associated with their scholarly interests and resources for doing research, and to address problems in conducting original inquiry and investigations in postsecondary education. Attention is directed to the investigation of a research problem of each student's interest. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 10 credit hours of research courses or permission of instructor.

HED 4217 Student Affairs Administration (4 Credits)

A review of student services, emphasis on programmatic content and relationship to student development; organization of student service programs and national trends. To further describe the historical development of student affairs work including significant persons and activities and to begin the development of students' own professional identities as a reflective practitioner and to understand the responsibilities for integrating assistantships/internships/work experiences to theory and new knowledge.

HED 4219 Introduction to Higher Education (4 Credits)

This course is designed to provide students an overview of higher education as a field of study and practice. The topics covered attempt to equip students with working knowledge of the structures, functions, challenges, concerns, and opportunities within higher education as a social institution. Grounded in values and principles of inclusive excellence, the course take equity and diversity as departure points from which any and all productive understandings of higher education must engage.

HED 4220 Org & Governance of Higher Ed (4 Credits)

Study of theoretical perspectives and empirical research drawn from the social sciences related to higher education organizations and governance with an emphasis on application of theory and practice.

HED 4221 Financing Higher Education (4 Credits)

Financing public and private institutions of higher learning; sources of income, budgeting procedures, funding and control, use of simulated exercises to illustrate principles. Recommended prerequisites: HED 4210, HED 4211 and HED 4214.

HED 4222 Legal Issues in Higher Education (4 Credits)

Review of a broad range of administrative problems with legal dimensions; process for analyzing case law on issues of access, student rights, employment, collective bargaining, church-state relations, private sector and liability. Students gain practical experience (praxis) in analyzing and applying legal concepts to higher education subjects.

HED 4223 Inst Research & Enroll Mgmt (3 Credits)

Explores the important area of institutional research (IR) in a postsecondary setting. Issues relating to how an IR office functions and typical responsibilities of the professionals who staff these offices will be explored. Enrollment management concepts and themes will be highlighted along with data collection and reporting aspects of the college admissions and retention processes. Recommended prerequisites: HED 4213, HED 4217 and HED 4260 for master's students; HED 4213, HED 4220 for doctoral students.

HED 4226 The Community College (3 Credits)

General issues related to community college, such as history, mission, characteristics, students, curricula, teaching and student services.

HED 4229 Student Support in College (4 Credits)

This class will introduce students to basic interpersonal helping skills required in Higher Education settings, including relationship building, listening, giving feedback, problem-solving, and resolving conflicts. Students will become familiar with crisis intervention models and techniques; signs and symptoms of distress and mental illness; strategies for making appropriate referrals to mental health providers; and considerations about self and other when engaged in helping relationships, particularly those with cultural differences. Central to the course will be discussion of the appropriate role Higher Education professionals have in helping students while recognizing their limitations.

HED 4230 Inclusive Excellence in Capstone (1-6 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to promote the integration of the core curriculum with practitioner related experiences in the masters program. Advanced students have an opportunity to use concepts and theories learned in previously complete coursework to understand and analyze current issues facing student affairs. The course is also designed to assist students by facilitating the transition in to professional positions in higher education.

HED 4232 Research Methods in Higher Education I (1-3 Credits)

Introductory research methods course for higher education professionals.

HED 4233 Research Methods in Higher Education II (1-4 Credits)

Introductory research methods course for higher education professionals, part II.

HED 4242 Educational Policy Analysis (3 Credits)

Educational Policy Analysis offers various methods to research public policy enactments by analysis of specific federal and state policies or judiciary decisions. This course explores the nature of policy analysis within American Higher Education while simultaneously learning about educational policy analysis and conducting an analysis on key postsecondary issues. We review the history and the approaches, methods, and tools required to conduct educational policy analysis. The central focus of the course includes: the important of an initial policy statement; what roles environmental analysis as well as boundaries and constraints considerations play; and how one analyzes policy options, reflections on their implementation strategies, and make recommendations.

HED 4246 Issues of Access & Opportunity (4 Credits)

This course addresses theories and research on a variety of issues related to college preparation, school structures, and inequalities in college access. The course will cover different levels of analyses: theoretical, individual levels (i.e., race, ethnicity, and social class), organizational levels (family, geography, high school context, and outreach), and field levels (i.e., policy, testing, rankings, media, and policy). Special attention will be paid to the sociocultural context influencing issues of college access and opportunity for students.

HED 4247 Retention, Persistence, and Student Success in Postsecondary Settings (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to relevant research, theory, and practice related to college student retention and persistence. Students explore cultural, institutional, and individual factors that may impact college student persistence and critically examine theories attempting to explain why students leave college. In addition, students also closely explore the dynamics of oppression at the individual, institutional, and socio-cultural levels and the resulting impact on student retention. Effective retention practices, programs, and assessment procedures are also identified and examined.

HED 4260 Students and College Environments (4 Credits)

This course will serve as an introduction to college environments and the complexity of campus and culture. The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with today’s higher education settings and provide you with strategies to maximize learning and development, for all students. In line with inclusive excellence, attention will be paid to the impact of campus environments on diverse student populations. Theoretical concepts will help explain, describe, and examine the college environments as a system and its impact on students, faculty, and staff.

HED 4261 College Student Development Theory (4 Credits)

An overview of human development theories relevant to college students, of traditional and non-traditional ages. This application will enhance the ability of student affairs professionals as they work to maximize the affective and cognitive development of students within the college setting.

HED 4264 Psychosocial Dimens of Sport (3 Credits)

Psychology and sociology of sports as related to college and university athletics and wellness. Cross listed with HED 3264.

HED 4270 Student Affairs Internship (1-6 Credits)

HED 4281 Inclusive Excellence Programming and Development (4 Credits)

IE in Programming and Development will provide an overview related to the development and implementation of cultural programming and cultural centers over time. This course will pay specific attention to the role of student activism in creating change on college campuses in the form of cultural programming, centers, diversity curriculum, and inclusive excellence initiatives. The course will also address the challenges and competencies associated with inclusive excellent programming and development.

HED 4282 Characteristics of College Students (3 Credits)

Characteristics to consider in working with adult learners, including aptitude, motivation, cognitive development, psycho-social development, intelligence, learning styles, gender, ethnicity and social class; practice in analyzing learning characteristics of a specific individual.

HED 4284 Inclusive Excellence in Organizations (4 Credits)

In recent years, major demographic and economic changes in this country and worldwide have contributed to the diversification of the workplace. As a result, the need for understanding how to enhance cultural diversity in organizations has taken on a greater importance. Accordingly, framed through the concept of Inclusive Excellence, this course focuses on the changing demographics of our society, especially related to race and culture, gender, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, emphasizing the implications these factors have for leadership and management in a variety of organizational settings.

HED 4287 Critical Race Theory and Education (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to Critical Race Theory (CRT) as it pertains to education. Critical Race Theory is an analytical framework that provides race-based epistemological, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to the study of everyday inequalities in P-20 education.

HED 4288 Gender & Sexual Orientation in Education (4 Credits)

The purpose of this class is to explore the implications of sexual orientation or gender inequality for P-20 education. Feminist theory and queer serve as the foundational theoretical frameworks for this class. Through these theoretical lenses, the course examines the complex ways gender and sexual orientation are related to identity development, curriculum, academic policies, and school climate.

HED 4289 Race & Racism in Higher Education (4 Credits)

This course explores connections between race, racialization, and racism in American higher education. It draws on historical, political, economic, and cultural explanations of racial inequity in educational outcomes and processes. The course uses institutional and systemic levels of analysis to examine racial equity in higher education.

HED 4290 Inclusive Excellence in Praxis (1-6 Credits)

This course assesses and helps students develop critical self-reflection, leadership, and communication skills. Career plans are developed based on personal, academic, and professional goals. An emphasis is placed on applying theories discussed within the classroom to their respective professional roles on campus. Introductory course for all first-year master's students. This course combines the professional development seminar and practicum.

HED 4291 Doctoral Professional Development Seminar (1-3 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce the first year doctoral students to the field and discipline of Higher Education and to prepare doctoral students for their academic study.

HED 4294 Seminar in Higher Education (1-4 Credits)

Advanced seminar to examine timely topics, issues, and problems. The course description is developed each time the course is offered to describe the topics to be investigated.

HED 4295 Intership in College and University Administration (1-6 Credits)

Supervised experience in administration at college or university level. Prerequisites: EDUC 4210, EDUC 4211, EDUC 4220.

HED 4296 Internship in Public Policy (1-6 Credits)

Supervised experience in postsecondary public policy analysis or research, usually at a state or national compact or agency in the Denver-Boulder area. Recommended prerequisites: HED 4210, HED 4211, HED 4212, HED 4221, HED 4242, HED 4243.

HED 4297 Internship in College Teaching (1-6 Credits)

Supervised experience in teaching at college level. Prerequisites: HED 4210, HED 4211, HED 4280 at the doctoral level; HED 4217, HED 4261, HED 4280 at the master's level.

HED 4991 MA Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 4992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 4995 Research - M.A. Thesis (1-10 Credits)

HED 5991 PhD Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 5992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

HED 5993 Doctoral Research - EdD (1-20 Credits)

Doctoral research credits for doctoral research project toward the EdD. Prerequisite: Must be an EdD student in HED; must have completed at least 80% of coursework; cannot complete more than five credit hours of HED 5993 prior to passing the comprehensive exam.

HED 5995 Dissertation Research (1-20 Credits)

Faculty

Ryan Gildersleeve, Associate Professor and Department Chair, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

William Cross Jr., Clinical Professor, PhD, Princeton University

Judy Kiyama, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Arizona

Sponsler Laura, Clinical Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Christine Nelson, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Arizona

Cecilia Orphan, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Franklin Tuitt, Professor, PhD, Harvard University

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