Public Policy in Postsecondary Education

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Esmeralda Ana Hernandez

Esmeralda Ana Hernandez is interested in learning about policies that produce or perpetuate inequality in higher education as well as those that produce a more equitable system, and how organizations come to make these policy decisions.

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This concentration includes studies of the social, economic, and political factors that affect postsecondary institutions, particularly the impact of local, state, and federal policies on students, faculty, and other constituencies. The Public Policy in Postsecondary Education concentration prepares students for careers in academics or in organizations such as state or federal government agencies, professional associations, or specialized offices within colleges and universities.

Students enrolled in this concentration are those with a strong interest in public policy who seek to serve as university administrators, educators, policy analysts and researchers in the field of postsecondary education. The Public Policy in Postsecondary Education curriculum enables students to participate more effectively in policy processes and prepares our graduates for a wide variety of positions in institutions of postsecondary education, policy positions at the local, state, national, and international level, and/or positions with non-governmental organizations, educational associations, or policy institutes.

Profiles of student and alumni ambassadors who have participated in the higher education programs provide additional information about who fits in a program and what they might do after graduating.

For more on Rackham and CSHPE GPA and grade requirements, as well as the incomplete course resolution policy for doctoral students, see CSHPE Minimum Grade and Incomplete Policy

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