Higher Education Public Policy
Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education
This program is designed for students interested in broad policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. The challenges that face higher education require that educators not only adapt to change but also engage in developing a vision of higher education for society.
Our main goal for graduate training is to prepare individuals for leadership in shaping the future of higher education through generating and applying knowledge, advancing the role of higher education in supporting the public good, and improving institutional practice. This is accomplished through coursework and experiences designed to increase students’ understanding of higher education as an academic area of inquiry and practice. Toward this end, our curriculum is geared toward preparation for administrative, research, and policy careers in higher education and related enterprises.
This concentration is distinctive in several ways:
- 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 Higher Education Public Policy 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 nongovernmental organizations, educational associations, or policy institutes.
- In addition to coursework, students will be given practical work experience through a program-approved internship where they will be exposed to and work on public policy issues that impact higher education.
Graduate study in this concentration considers public policy issues at the institutional, local, system, state, and federal levels, and may be extended to international and comparative contexts as well. It has the objective of providing a deep understanding of the political context of education in addition to a basic set of tools for policy analysis and evaluation.