Student Affairs in Higher Education Master of Science (M.S.) in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Course Descriptions

EDHE 655 – Foundations of College Opportunity Programs

Exploration of college opportunity programs for expanding access to American higher education. Understanding the implications of financial aid, opportunity support programs, achievement gaps, policies, and advocacy.

EDHE 660 – Financial Management in Student Affairs

This course provides an overview of the finance environment for higher education. You'll analyze the role of fiscal management in a university/student affairs environment, review budgeting strategies to create, analyze and revise budgets, and introduce strategies to maintain internal control and financial oversight of operations.

EDHE 661 – The Inclusive University

This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore and discuss the complexity of human differences within the campus community through class readings, written assignments, presentations, and discussion. You examine difference in an effort to create personal knowledge and values about how to live with, work with, discuss, and appreciate differences we may or may not understand. The goal is to prepare you to be a practitioner in higher education who advocates, celebrates, and effectively manages diversity.

EDHE 662 – Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education

This course is designed to help you as a graduate student become familiar with what we know about students and how we know it. In addition, you view examples of assessment and practice applying assessment results to student affairs practice.

EDHE 670 – College Student Personnel Administration

This survey course is designed to challenge you to explore the student affairs profession from multiple perspectives. The course content provides an overview of student affairs — historical, philosophical, political, intellectual, and organizational developments in higher education. This includes understanding the roles student affairs professionals assume in post-secondary educational institutions and the profession's contemporary and future issues.

EDHE 671 – Higher Education Administration

This course teaches the purpose, structure, and role of leadership within the administration of higher education, with relevance to present day higher education. You analyze the critical issues facing the administration of higher education within the United States and apply them to the practice of student affairs administration and higher education leadership. You also learn how various collegiate organizations are governed and administered, as well as the various administrative roles and cultures within higher education. S.A.H.E. students should register for section 801.

EHDE 672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs

Student affairs professionals never have a standard script to follow in their day-to-day interactions with students, faculty, and staff. Instead, they rely on their academic preparation, professional standards, practical experience, personal values, and ethical standards to create an educational community where all members have the opportunity to participate and reach their full potential. In this course, you learn to create a classroom environment that fosters honest, respectful dialogue; encourages thoughtful, intellectual discussion of ethical issues in student affairs and higher education; and promotes the development of collegial relationships among class members. You also develop problem-solving and analytical skills through case studies that use real campus situations that have previously challenged student affairs professionals.

EDHE 673 – Student Development Theory

In this course, you gain an understanding of college student development theory and its application to practice. You learn to critically analyze and evaluate theories for inclusiveness, relevance, and applicability for diverse populations from your own perspective, as well as from the perspectives of various college student populations. Specific theories examined include human development theories applicable to college student populations, cognitive, moral, psycho-social, and ethical theories. The course also looks into adult development, racial and sexual orientation, identity development, and spiritual development models. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the theories and process models in your student affairs practice.

EDHE 674 – Campus Ecology

Ecology refers to the pattern of relations among organisms and the environment, and campus ecology is concerned with the pattern of relationships among students in higher educational settings and their social and physical environments. This evolves from a knowledge base from two major theoretical and research areas: counseling/student development theory and ecological/environmental psychology. Examine the impact of these relationships on learning, student development, and how the student personnel administrator can understand and facilitate these relationships.

EDHE 676 – Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs

This course introduces future student affairs administrators to the theories of organizational behavior in the context of student affairs in higher education. Focus is on application of theory to practice in the areas of understanding how organizations work, managing and leading people, best practices, and understanding the culture that guides and defines the student affairs profession.

EDHE 677 – Law in Student Affairs

This course looks at legal issues focusing on sources and application of education law and responsibilities of higher education administrators. You learn to analyze legal issues facing student affairs professionals so that in your student affairs practice you can effectively work toward resolution with the assistance of legal counsel.

EDRM 600 – Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods is designed to teach you about the fundamentals of designing and conducting a research project in both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. You will be a functionally literate consumer of research studies once you've completed this course. The course examines basic quantitative and qualitative terminology associated with research, how to collect and interpret a variety of data, and how to read and evaluate research studies. S.A.H.E. students should register for section 802.

EDRM 666 – Program Evaluation

The knowledge base for this course comes primarily from literature on evaluation. Evaluation systematically assesses the performance, outcomes, and impacts of public and nonprofit programs and policies. While comprehensive evaluations are expensive and time consuming, the basis of this course is to provide suggestions about evaluations that will enable policymakers and managers to obtain more information, more often, and on more programs, even though the evidence for program impacts might not be as strong as desired.

EDRM 698 – Portfolio Development

The portfolio is your culminating project for the SAHE program and reflects, through artifacts and products, the competencies you've developed and enhanced throughout the program. The Portfolio I class is designed to assist you in gaining an understanding of the portfolio model. In addition, aspects of the Student Affairs in Higher Education degree related to student affairs theory and practice, graduate school, and School of Education requirements and topics are addressed throughout Portfolio I, II and III courses.

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