The Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education prepares educators and leaders for administrative and academic positions in a broad range of postsecondary educational institutions. Our mission is two-fold. First, we prepare scholar-practitioners who create and implement cutting-edge policy based upon enhanced skills as professional educators, researchers, and theory-builders. Second, we develop a smaller number of researcher-theorists who prepare professionals in the field of higher education.
Further, the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program strives to create knowledge, knowledgeable practitioners, and practicing scholars concerned broadly with teaching, learning, and scholarly and professional development; organizational and institutional analysis, including abilities to probe and develop the structures, processes, policies, and technologies that comprise colleges, universities, and state and national systems of tertiary education; and social and comparative perspectives, with attention to the social, cultural, economic, and historic contexts of knowledge production, policy, and institutional development. We expect that students will work within and across these domains, developing programs of study that, though focused on particular themes and issues (e.g., policy, scholarly learning and careers, student development, professional development), will be informed broadly by a diverse array of ideas, perspectives, and questions.