Educational and Psychological Studies
Higher Education Administration: Student Life & Development Concentration
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 36-credit Student Life and Development (SLD) concentration provides aspiring administrators the knowledge and skills to support a new college student’s transition and adjustment and ultimate involvement and achievement. This focus is especially important because (1) campus demographics, cultures and orientations have been shifting greatly; (2) a bachelor’s degree has become vital to social and economic achievement across the board; and (3) more students are coming to college bearing the effects of various life stressors and needing a motivating, helpful environment. Traditionally, student affairs professionals were educated in “college student personnel” programs – a valuable approach but more narrowly centered on campus life issues. In contrast, our program employs enrollment management basics, including strategic planning and research, to instill a holistic understanding of the many different components that can affect academic success, including the roles family and community play in promoting the well-being of students from diverse backgrounds. Through this focus on undergraduate diversity and psychosocial development, the program addresses the extracurricular activities and other tools associated with promoting personal development and well-being, including creative problem-solving, effective program evaluation, good teamwork and research-based decision-making. As in the EM track, students have many opportunities for hands-on experience.
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 Student Life and Development concentration (36 credit hours) provides knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate undergraduate students’ transition, adjustment and involvement in college, in ways that enhance their academic achievement and lead to persistence and graduation.
- Core Curriculum Requirements
- Higher Education Foundations
- Counseling and Advising