Below is a listing of core courses and elective courses for the HESAA program. Pleas scroll down to find listings for each course organized by course number.
Purposes, functions, and characteristics of the community/two-year college: profile of student populations; historical and philosophical evolution; organization and leadership; finance, governance, and management of academic and support services; and relationship to the surrounding community.
The topics course is used to introduce new and innovative content that might be current or particularly relevant in any given year. Topics courses have ranged from social media in higher education to facilitating innovation and change. Topics may vary and are not offered every semester.
HESAA program faculty member approval. Involvement in scholarly and special project/program development.
Critical examination of gender and intersectionality in higher education. Explores the experiences of students, faculty, and leaders with attention to interlocking systems of oppression, identity development, transgender issues, and campus climate and policies. Offered every other year, fall semester.
Evolution of American higher education: its history and philosophy; faculty and students; curriculum; governance; and the impact of race, gender, class, ability, and sexual orientation.
Assessing and meeting the needs of diverse student populations; theories of college student development and learning; college student characteristics, attributes, values, and learning styles; impact of the college experience on students; designing educational and programming interventions to directly enhance the student learning environment.
Philosophy, organization, management, and emergence of student services; evolution of specialized student affairs programs and their impact on institutional culture and campus ecology; "model" student affairs programs in four-year and two-year, public and private, religious and secular, large and small colleges and universities.
Prerequisites: HEA 618 recommended. Management systems theory and practice in higher education and academic and student affairs; partnerships; organizational culture; motivation and evaluation; authority and leadership. Students apply course concepts to institutional situations and problems faced in the day-to-day administration of services, programs, facilities, and staff.
Fundamentals of college and university finance and economics; underlying decision support systems; institutional research in the policy-making and planning processes in higher education; strategic budgeting; resource allocation; assessment; research; new trends in grant development; alternative financing; external relations.
This course focuses on theories of counseling, developing basic and intermediate helping skills, intentional interviewing, conflict resolution, and self-assessment for the helping professions. Theories of counseling, developing skills and strategies for effective listening, assertion, individual and group facilitation, supervising, interviewing, self-assessment, and individual problem solving are examined.
This course is designed to provide the application and integration of basic counseling skills appropriate for diverse groups and cultures. Factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, family structures, religion/spirituality, disability, class, competency development, self-assessment, intervention strategies and future trends are examined.
Supervised practice in higher education or related setting that provides substantive experience and professional supervision; seminar focused on awareness and development of professional competencies and goals; development of professional portfolio. Requires completion of 150 hours of supervised practice. Offered spring and fall semesters.
Prerequisite: HEA 624. Supervised practice in higher education or related setting that provides substantive experience and professional supervision; capstone seminar focused on career planning and professional development; continuation of HEA 624 and further development of professional portfolio. Requires completion of 150 hours of supervised practice. Offered every semester, beginning fall 2019.
Group counseling theory, research, and practice; group dynamics; psychological processes operating in groups; leadership styles; therapeutic interventions and techniques as applied in various staff, team, and group settings; applications of theories and methods for effective group functioning and counseling leadership.
Theories of career development and occupational decision making through the life span; career patterns and school-to-work transitions; administration of career information resources and specialized client services; computers and career-related assessment instruments for career counseling in educational and community settings.
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.
College students and the law; academic freedom and First Amendment issues; trends in contemporary litigation; risk management; legislative, regulatory, and compliance issues; affirmative action, equal education and employment opportunity; real and simulated administrative situations; legal potentialities and implications for liability; ethical practice in serving student and institutional interests.
Overview of the history and linkages among the American college student, civil, and human rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. This pedagogical perspective can be applied to American history, educational history, rhetorical studies, American higher education, women's studies, African American and Latino studies, and other areas concerned with the social sciences and the humanities.
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.
A study undertaken by one or more individuals on a problem of special interest submitted in acceptable form according to directions given by the Graduate School.
This course focuses on current issues in higher education and student affairs administration. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of the ever changing landscape of higher education and the skills necessary to meet current challenges in higher education administration.
Individual investigation of an original problem, submitted in acceptable form according to directions given by the Graduate School.
Communication skills in diverse settings for professionals in higher education; Discourse facilitation and conflict resolution; examination of the intersection of social justice education and professional practice based on current social justice and social agency issues; and the integration of action theories and reflective practice in daily professional life.
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.
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.
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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