ADHE601 Introduction to Higher Education Administration (3 semester hours)
This course provides a starting place to introduce the primary areas of responsibility for higher education administration with the various contexts in which higher education is situated, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit, or onground or online. Students learn about the essentials of institutional mission, organizational structure, institutional evaluation and assessment, human resources, governance, financial and budgeting oversight, resource management, decision-making, internal and external constituencies, culture, student services, student outcome assessment, program evaluation, and organizational change associated with university leadership. The course will present and connect organizational theories for higher education administrative practice and delivery that relate to university student persistence, retention, and success.
ADHE605 Enrollment Management, Admissions, and Finance in Higher Education (3 semester hours)
This foundational course presents an array of enrollment management processes and strategies that contribute to recruitment, retention, admission, and enrollment of students at institutions of higher education, both undergraduate and graduate. Particular attention will be given to the role of various stakeholders in relation to various factors influencing enrollment and admissions: financial aid, scholarships, educational readiness, diversity considerations, academic standards, learning formats, and institutional goals. Students will be exposed to recruitment and enrollment strategies based on current research, enrollment prediction and selection practices, marketing, applicable advisement practices, ethical guidelines, and institutional standards pertaining to student success.
ADHE631 Higher Education Strategic Planning, Innovation, and Institutional Advancement (3 semester hours)
This course introduces students to the practices and methodologies of developing strategic plans that result in the conceptual and practical processes associated with innovation and institutional advancement within higher education. Essential discussion topics include mission, vision, and values alignment, managing and implementing organizational change, marketing/communications/promotion, alumni relations, financial resource development, program evaluation and review, innovative teaching and learning modalities for effective higher education, and strategic planning execution. Students will examine case studies and real-world scenarios, as well as consider the ethics of professional practice and strategic planning in both for-profit and non-profit settings. There will be an examination of resource development strategies and their relationship to university strategic priorities and objectives.
ADHE639 Community College Administration (3 semester hours)
The community college setting provides unique challenges requiring conceptually relevant and expertise appropriate application of higher education administration. This course examines the history, philosophy, management functionality, and financial resourcing associated with community college administration and the effective navigation skills pertaining to the associated leadership responsibilities. Attention will be given to the preparedness of incoming high school students for college through the forging of relationships with secondary education providers, including dual-enrollment credit programs, and by consideration of graduation and retention rates at the community college level. The course will explore special issues related to the relationship of the community college to the local region and workforce, the role of community college online course instruction with regard to four-year for-profit and non-profit institutions, issues regarding student transfers to four-year institutions, consideration of potential administrative redesign for the future, and initiatives geared toward increasing student outcomes.
ADHE644 Crisis Management in Higher Education (3 semester hours)
This course prepares college and university administrators to take effective action during crises, as well as to develop protocols and actions steps that diminish the likelihood for future occurrences. Students examine emergency preparedness that extends confidence in the long-term safety, security, and success of their institutions. Key topics also include threat assessment, hazard mitigation, outcome prediction, and organizational resilience and survival amid natural and human-authored emergencies and disasters. Students will draw upon case studies based on actual events, and will discuss risk analysis/assessment and formulation of a comprehensive plan and organizational strategy to alleviate crises and work with support public safety and emergency services agencies during a variety of scenarios, including mass casualty incidents. Risk factors associated with mental health concerns, substance abuse, aggressive behavior, bullying, and violence will also be examined.