Educational and Psychological Studies
Higher Education Administration: Institutional Research & Policy Analysis
Designed to produce highly effective administrators and leaders, the Higher Education Administration Program is based in enrollment management, the only program of its kind in the nation. Enrollment management is an institution-wide approach that uses theory, research and teamwork to recruit and retain students and support their academic success, psychological development and personal well-being.
The 33-credit Institutional Research and Policy Analysis (HEIR) track focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Practitioners in the field of institutional research work in various capacities at the institution. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics. A hands-on practicum in institutional research completes the experience.
Students enrolled in the track will develop the conceptual and practical skills required to conduct institutional research in and/or policy analysis related to postsecondary institutions. They will be prepared for a variety of professional positions within postsecondary institutions including research and/or policy appointments within higher education program or centers, in institutional research offices, in federal and/or state agencies, or higher education associations. Upon the completion of this practice-based program, students will have the technical and practical competence and knowledge of postsecondary institutions that will position them for careers in the field of institutional research and policy analysis.
The Higher Education Administration Program, which offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, or Institutional Research and Policy Analysis, is designed to produce skilled and versatile higher education administrators who understand all aspects of their professional environment.
Our graduates enter a variety of roles in college and university administration with the ability to consider today’s challenges from a broad-based, highly informed perspective.
Also offered is a Certificate Program for working professionals who already have Master’s degrees and seek career-furthering credentials and skills.
The Institutional Research and Policy Analysis concentration (33 credits) focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics.