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CSHPE study trip to South Africa

In May 2017, a group of doctoral and master's students embarked on a study trip to South Africa.  The focus of this experiential trip was to consider changes over the past two decades in South African higher education stemming from the historical legacy of inequity due to apartheid. As part of this learning experience, the group visits select colleges to discuss issues of access, student success, and organizational efficacy with scholars and practitioners.  The group is priveleged to also have conversations with student organizers of both the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements.  Meetings with individuals at organizations such as the Ubuntu Education Fund and the National Research Foundation who are engaged in the work of supporting young people and conducting national research to measure South Africa’s progress toward meeting its changing social and economic demands help contextualize understanding. Students also participate in a three-day conference focused on student first-year experiences. Along the way students gain a deeper appreciation for the struggle to oppose educational disparities through visits to sites influential in the struggle to end apartheid. The trip was led by CSHPE faculty member Betty Overton, and CSHPE assistant director Melinda Richardson.

To learn more, visit the study trip blog at http://studentstories.soe.umich.edu/.

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Together, faculty, students, and scholars make profound differences in postsecondary education with commitment to diversity and leadership of the highest integrity.

The center offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in a variety of concentrations. Other options provide for earning dual degrees with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business or the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Through coursework and other experiences, students are prepared 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 instructional practice.

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Master's degree programs in higher and postsecondary education are structured to provide individuals with a general understanding of higher education as a field of practice and inquiry, while allowing the flexibility for students to probe more deeply into areas of specialized interest. A distinct feature of the CSHPE experience is the interaction among students with different professional backgrounds and diverse career goals. Students are provided with opportunities to work together in master's required courses as well as with doctoral students in cognate and elective courses. As they work together on assignments and discuss issues inside and outside of the classroom, CSHPE master's students come to appreciate and understand the multiple frames of reference that may be brought to bear in higher education decision-making.

Graduates of the program are qualified to participate in a wide range of higher education settings, including: college and university administration, state and national public policy agencies, government offices, higher education systems offices, professional associations, consortia, and regional and coordinating bodies and accrediting agencies. They assume a wide variety of roles and work on key activities such as admissions, advising, administration, and policy analysis.

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In the higher education doctoral programs, all students are expected and encouraged to think rigorously; understand and appreciate the craft of scholarship and research; demonstrate interest in and a capacity to make a difference in postsecondary education; and be actively committed to diversity. It is the goal of this program to develop leaders for institutions of higher and postsecondary education who will steer institutions effectively, conduct scholarly research, and contribute in a meaningful and distinctive way to the overall development of the profession.

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