In this program, students learn how to assess critical issues and challenges related to leading mission-driven, student-centered higher education institutions (HEIs) and/or their functions in the increasingly dynamic and competitive environment. Students will be asked to identify data needs, select appropriate empirical approaches, and engage in research related projects to solving complex issues with multiple stakeholders. Emphasis on engaging in collaborative, evidence-based practices to create, lead, manage and grow programs and initiatives designed to advance the institutional mission and goals. The program emphasizes an integration of theories of student development, teaching and learning, leadership, governance, assessment and continuous improvement into professional practice. Students come away knowing how to contribute to efficient leadership and management in various functions of HEI, including academic affairs, faculty development, student services, enrollment management, record management, academic technology, quality assurance, and other operational areas through action research.
Program is offered in both a fully-online format as well as in an executive cohort model which is mostly online with one Saturday professional residency day per month.