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Higher and Postsecondary Education

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

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Course Listing

Program Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

A&HH 5070 History and theory of higher education
Fundamental ideas that have shaped liberal education in the United States and basic issues that arise in the formulation of purposes, policies, and educational programs in colleges and universities.
Instructor(s): Cally Waite

ORL 5521 Introduction to research methods in education
This course meets a departmental requirement for an introductory course on empirical research in education and organizational studies. The goal is to help students be able to access, comprehend, synthesize, and utilize research, to support and facilitate the research efforts of others, and to begin to prepare to conduct their own research. Students read exemplars of published research, along with texts about research design, data collection and analysis, and strategies for assessing the validity and trustworthiness of research. The course covers qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to research, such as experiments, surveys, case studies, ethnography, and action research.
Instructor(s): Alex Bowers, Katharine Conway

ORLH 4010 Purposes and policies of higher education
An introduction to the U.S. system of higher education through an overview of the system and its history, a survey of the missions and purposes served by U.S. colleges and universities, and an investigation of some of the pressing policy questions now confronting those institutions.
Instructor(s): Corbin Campbell

ORLH 4011 Curriculum and instruction in higher education
An introduction to trends and issues pertaining to curriculum and instruction in U.S. higher education. Internal and external influences on curriculum and teaching, and implications for college and university classrooms. Examination of key trends and developments, including the impact of the new scholarship of teaching.
Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 4012 The community college
Emerging issues, problems, and trends in community colleges, technical institutes, and adult education. Topics include the history and philosophy of the community college movement, governance and finance, teaching, student personnel work, impact on students, and the future of the community college.

ORLH 4020 College and university organization and administration
Basic aspects of college and university organization and administration with consideration given to the roles of various groups in governance and management as well as organizational processes such as leadership, decision making, and conflict resolution. External and internal constraints examined from conceptual, practical, and policy perspectives.
Instructor(s): Corbin Campbell

ORLH 4022 College personnel policies and practices
Personnel problems in colleges, including faculty and staff evaluation, recruitment, affirmative action, promotion, tenure, retrenchment, leadership/management, and personnel development.

ORLH 4025 Higher education policy
Professor Dougherty. An introduction to the higher education policy making process. Main topics: the general nature of policy making with examples and readings from higher education; key actors, institutional structures and processes in the federal, state, and local higher education policy arenas; and the origins and consequences of key policy enactments affecting college access and success, instruction, accountability, and the economic development role of higher education.

ORLH 4030 The economics of post-secondary education
A theoretical and practical discussion of public/private finance of higher education. Economic and social rationales are discussed as well as specific financing proposals.

ORLH 4031 Financial Administration of Higher Education Institutions
No financial training is required. Introduction to the financial pressures facing colleges and universities and the various kinds of solutions they have adopted to meet those pressures. Topics include strategic planning, cost cutting, outsourcing, enrollment planning, new curricula, and fund raising.

ORLH 4040 The American college student
Reviews the demographic data about student access to college, the determinants of social class, race and gender differences in college access and choice, and the influence of colleges upon students.
Instructor(s): Kevin Dougherty

ORLH 4041 Student personnel administration: Organization, functions, and issues
Permission required. An introduction to various forms of organization and functions: multidisciplinary foundations, including historical and philosophical foundations and conceptual and research contributions from the behavioral and social sciences.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 4042 Student personnel administration: Programs and services
A survey of programs and services typical of American colleges and universities. Includes contemporary issues of concern to student personnel administrators.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 4043 Developmental academic advisement programs in colleges and universities
A survey of theory and research and an examination of the various organizational, administrative, and staffing arrangements that pertain to student advisement programs in colleges and universities.

ORLH 4500 Special topics in higher education
Periodic explorations of special topics and issues in fields of higher education administration, student personnel administration, college teaching, academic leadership, and higher education policy.

ORLH 4800 Workshop in higher education
Special topics or events related to the administration of programs of higher education. Topics change each semester.

ORLH 4820 Cultural diversity training in higher education settings: Issues and concerns
This introductory workshop will address multicultural training issues in higher education such as workshop and intervention design, assessment issues and methods, ethical concerns, group process, and general training considerations.

ORLH 4830 Transforming the curriculum: Theory and practice
This course is designed to explore both the cognitive and cultural implications of curriculum design. It emphasizes the theoretical and practical implications of curricular transformation based on the new scholarship of gender, race, ethnicity, and class, as well as student intellectual and interpersonal development.
Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 4845 Diversity: Implications for recruitment and retention
Students will explore diversity (race, class and gender) concerns affecting the recruitment and retention of diverse student and faculty populations in the context of American higher education.

ORLH 4900 Research and independent study in higher education

ORLH 5011 College teaching and learning
Designed for individuals who aspire to college teaching. This course emphasizes research on student learning, multiple pedagogies (such as experiential learning, learning communities, effective lecture, discussion, evaluation approaches, and curriculum design). The course stresses the implications of diversity in the student population.
Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 5021 Patterns of organization and management in higher education
The study of college and university organization from multiple perspectives, with emphasis given to understanding their implications.

ORLH 5044 Theories of diversity in higher education
Critical analysis of cultural diversity in American higher education with respect to the curriculum, co-curriculum, and institutional structure. Presents new paradigms with which to understand the complexities of response that are necessary to adequately meet the needs of all students.

ORLH 5241 Observation and supervised fieldwork in higher and postsecondary education
Permission required. Students reserve two days a week for work in colleges. A seminar integrates field practices with course theory. Required of all students doing an internship.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 5242 Observation and supervised fieldwork in higher and postsecondary education
Permission required. Students reserve two days a week for work in colleges. A seminar integrates field practices with course theory. Required of all students doing an internship.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 5522 Advanced professional seminar: Contemporary Student Issues and Policies
Intensive analysis of selected problems and issues in postsecondary education. The course is intended for practicing professionals in postsecondary education as well as majors in the program. Other students in the college who wish to enroll should obtain permission of the instructor.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 5524 Advanced professional seminar: An analysis of student cultures
Critical analysis of selected research reports pertaining to the student cultures. The focus is on the purposes of each study, the question(s) asked, the assumptions and theories upon which the research is based, the sources of data, the method(s) of data collection, the conclusions and interpretations developed, and the relevance of the research to student personnel in particular and to higher education in general.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 5525 Advanced professional seminar: College student development theories
Course focuses on college student development theories and their application to higher education. Primary areas of focus include: (1) intellectual and ethical developmental theory, individual development models, learning styles models, and theories of cultural identity, (2) ethical considerations using theory in practice, and (3) critique of theories from a variety of research perspectives.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 5526 Advanced professional seminar: Advanced professional seminar: The literature of higher education
Permission required if not a student in the program. Intensive analysis of research/writings on problems and issues in postsecondary education. The course is intended for Ed.M. and Ed.D. students in the program. Other students in the college who wish to enroll should obtain permission of the instructor. Analysis of selected classic and contemporary works that have influenced thought and affected public opinion and public policy related to higher education. Topics vary from year to year.
Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 5527 Advanced professional seminar: The college professoriate
Review and discussion of the research and literature, diverse roles, and expectations that characterize the position of college professor, with attention to implications for professional and personal development.
Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 5533 Advanced professional skills: Faculty evaluation and development
Theory and practice concerning the evaluation and improvement of college teaching. Topics include models and practices for the evaluation of faculty and for the organization and administration of faculty development programs.

ORLH 5534 Advanced professional skills: Financial decision making in education
Introduction to a series of financial decision-making tools including cost accounting, cost benefit analysis, and discounted cash flow. Emphasis on applied financial decision making.

ORLH 5536 Advanced professional skills: College classroom assessment
An in-depth study of major assessment techniques for the college classroom. Particular attention will be paid to assessment models associated with collaborative learning, teaching portfolios, and student portfolios.

ORLH 5537 Advanced professional skills: College classroom assessment research
Prerequisite: ORLH 5536. In-depth study of classroom research methods based on the classroom assessment methods studied in ORLH 5536.

ORLH 5900 Research in higher education

ORLH 6511 Coordinating seminar in higher education
Permission required. Course restricted to Ed.D. and Ed.M. students in the Higher Education program. An overview and discussion of the most topical literature in American higher education, this course is designed to explore a wide variety of educational roles in the context of the goals and aspirations of new doctoral students.
Instructor(s): Corbin Campbell

ORLH 6557 Research practices in higher and adult education

Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 6558 Research practices in higher and adult education

Instructor(s): Anna Neumann

ORLH 6900 Research and independent study in higher education

ORLH 7500 Dissertation seminar in higher education
Students should have completed most or all coursework (including research methods courses) and have passed the certification examination. Students register for the course the semester a proposal hearing is to be scheduled. The course is intended for students who have identified a reasonably narrow area for research and have already completed a preliminary literature review. The course will assist the student in design, methods, and other matters of concern in the preparation of an acceptable dissertation proposal.

ORLH 7900 Directed dissertation in research
All doctoral students eligible for this course must register each semester until a proposal hearing has occurred and a proposal has been approved.

ORLH 8900 Dissertation advisement in higher and adult education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
Instructor(s): Monica Christensen

ORLH 9900 Research and independent study in higher education