The Assessment in Student Affairs Advanced Certificate is designed to provide professionals with the necessary skills to become assessment leaders in their higher education community and beyond. The Advanced Certificate is grounded in the principles and foundations of data-based decision making, collaborative practice, and reflective learning. It is designed to equip practitioners with the skills to gather information, the ability to understand the nature and value of formal inquiry, and the opportunity to serve as change agents within their institution through assessment.
The certificate program is designed as a fully online program, making it accessible for full-time working professionals. Students may begin the program in the spring or fall term.
HEA 650 - Assessment in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Fundamentals of designing assessments and plans; assessment methodologies; ethical principles; selection and creation of assessment instruments; articulating and measuring student learning and development outcomes; program review and accreditation processes.
HEA 689 - Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
Prerequisites: HEA 650. Background of educational research; selection and development of research problems; sources of information and data; methods of educational research; tools and techniques of educational research; collection, treatment, application, and interpretation of research data; organizing and writing a research report. Research techniques and methods emphasize higher education and student personnel administration application.
HEA 725 - Fundamentals of Data Management and Decision Support in Higher Education
Prerequisites: Graduate Student Status, HEA650, HEA689. The course provides an overview of institutional research practices and processes, as well as approaches to data management and decision support. It focuses on the relationships of institutional researchers and assessment professionals to various internal and external organizational functions and to the emerging field of knowledge management. Offered each semester.
HEA 750 - Student Affairs Assessment Capstone
An applied assessment course involving a supervised assessment project; students will develop and implement an applied assessment project, analyze and interpret data, and report findings.
HEA 789 - Advanced Data Analysis Techniques in Higher Education
Prerequisites: Graduate Student Status, HEA 689 or equivalent. Advanced knowledge of research design and skill development in statistical analysis applied to the generation of new knowledge, as well as the interpretation of existing higher education research. Topics include analysis of variance, correlations, linear and logistic regression, analysis of categorical data, factor analysis, and other data analysis techniques commonly used in higher education research. Offered annually each semester.
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