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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

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ADM 630 Methods of Research
A study of procedures used to locate sources of information, organize and interpret collected data, and apply results of published research. Various research methods are studied and used.

ADM 735 Institutional Research, Assessment & Accreditation
This course provides an overview of best practices of institutional research. Additionally, students have the opportunity to develop strategies to investigate relevant trends or problems within an institution. Field experience required.

ADM 750 Philanthropy and Community Engagement: Institutional Advancement in Education
The purpose of this course is to refine the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to plan and execute innovative approaches to advance the educational institution's mission by increasing private and public financial support, promoting awareness of the institution to key publics, and involving constituents in the life of the institution. In this era of declining publicly appropriated funds for education at all levels, the role of outside private funds from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and other key community stakeholders is growing and increasingly important. Institutional advancement focuses on attracting and generating private support through the identification, research, cultivation, asking, closing, and stewardship of donors and private gifts.

CNS 635 Human Development
A detailed study of the life-span development for the individual in terms of human growth and development, foundations and dynamics of human behavior, and personality, and learning theories and their application.

CSP 615 Introduction to Student Affairs
The historical and philosophical development of the Student Affairs profession will be explored and discussed.  Major topics include an in-depth study of the departments that typically constitute the division of Student Affairs. This includes history, function, trends, issues and significant personnel.  Course content will be presented through an independent study of selected readings.

CSP 616 The American College Student
Characteristics of the contemporary American college student will be examined. Major topics will include an examination of student motivations for entering institutions of higher education, developmental theory related to college students, problems and challenges for making higher education accessible to a large percentage of the population, and the impact of contemporary economic and social trends on the college population.

CSP 617 Current Issues in Student Affairs
Current topics shaping the profession of student affairs will be examined.  These will include issues involving the relationship between the student and the university, student development, funding and governance, as well as current issues involving the impact of changing social trends on the work of the student affairs professions.  Student research on current issues, current events journal, and a project (individual or group) will be used in the presentation of the course.

HDL 660 Developing Human Potential

A course designed to familiarize students with those factors which prevent individuals from reaching their full personal, social, and professional potential. Students will recognize these factors and the skills necessary for positively affecting individual potential.

HDL 670 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Leadership

The course focuses on the role cultural environment and diversity play in the lives of people and the implications of that role for leaders. There will be an overview of the different micro-cultures to which individuals belong, customs and traditions, diversity issues, with application to self and the role of leader. It is expected that the student will expand his/her multicultural perspective and gain greater knowledge of the understanding and practice of intercultural leadership.

HDL 692 Individual, Group & Team Dynamics

A study of the history and characteristics of group and team dynamics. An exploration of how to effectively utilize theories, structures, models and strategies for individual, group and team interventions, development, and the facilitation of growth will be presented.

PSE 700 History & Foundation of American Higher Education

This course provides a historical overview of the U.S. system of higher education, with an emphasis on the development of colleges and universities, and how these developments have shaped current policies and practices in higher education. Curricular, administrative, and policy issues will be explored.

PSE 710 Higher Education & the Law
This course examines legal issues relevant to American colleges and universities. The fundamental knowledge of higher education law for administrators will be introduced. Discussed will be key legal principles that impact professional practice in higher education such as legal governance of higher education, academic freedom, affirmative action, and other issues pertinent to faculty, staff, and students.

PSE 720 Student Affairs Internship I

This course provides students with practical application, complementing the theoretical concepts introduced in the PSE-Student Affairs graduate program. Students will complete a semester internship in a Student Affairs setting. The internship setting will be approved by the student and instructor and consist of 150 hours at the approved site. Supervision of the student's internship experience will be shared between the site supervisor and the instructor. The seminar will meet in-person on the Murray Campus one time per month. Seminar sessions will allow students to reflect on field experiences, discuss the assigned leadership text, develop an action plan for employment and listen to guest lecturers from the higher education profession.

PSE 725 Higher Education Internship I    
This course provides students with practical application, complementing the theoretical concepts introduced in the PSE-Higher Education graduate program. Students will complete a semester internship in a Higher Education setting. The internship setting will be approved by the student and instructor and consist of 150 hours at the approved site. Supervision of the student's internship experience will be shared between the site supervisor and the instructor. The seminar will meet in-person on the Murray Campus one time per month. Seminar sessions will give students an opportunity to reflect on field experiences, discuss the assigned leadership text, develop an action plan for employment and listen to guest lecturers from the higher education profession.

PSE 730 Student Affairs Internship II
This course provides students with practical application, complementing the theoretical concepts introduced in the PSE-Student Affairs graduate program. Students will complete a semester internship in a Student Affairs setting. The internship setting will be approved by the student and instructor and consist of 150 hours at the approved site. Supervision of the student's internship experience will be shared between the site supervisor and the instructor. The seminar will meet in-person on the Murray Campus one time per month. Seminar sessions will give students an opportunity to reflect on field experiences, discuss the assigned leadership text, develop an action plan for employment and listen to guest lecturers from the higher education profession.

PSE 735 Higher Education Internship II

This course provides students with practical application, complementing the theoretical concepts introduced in the PSE-Higher Education graduate program. Students will complete a semester internship in a Higher Education setting. The internship setting will be approved by the student and instructor and consist of 150 hours at the approved site. Supervision of the student's internship experience will be shared between the site supervisor and the instructor. The seminar will meet in-person on the Murray Campus one time per month. Seminar sessions will give students an opportunity to reflect on field experiences, discuss the assigned leadership text, develop an action plan for employment and listen to guest lecturers from the higher education profession.

PSE 740 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

The purpose of this course is to investigate contemporary issues impacting higher education. Current trends and innovations are critical themes for educational leaders to explore. Special topics in higher education explored in the course may include funding, policy, access, technology, learning initiatives, and special populations.

PSE 755 Postsecondary Instructional Support Systems

This course examines the comprehensive nature of the instructional support system as a vital component in the evolving P-20 learner-centered environments of education. Theory and effective practice are used to guide the discussion and investigate the issues. Students investigate and seek potential solutions to authentic problems facing educational leaders such as diversity needs of students, instructional support, advising strategies, enrollment management, recruitment and retention, placement testing, career development, residential life, and student activities.

PSE 760 Organization and Operations in Postsecondary Education

The focus of this course is the management and planning functions within higher education institutions.  Students will examine the competencies and training necessary to address key operational and leadership roles specific to the allocation and management of resources to meet the mission of the institution.  Resources other than financial will be included, and special emphasis will be given to maintenance of facilities, institution and community resources, personnel, and time.

PSE 770 Academic Leadership in Higher Education

This course will focus on various roles and responsibilities of faculty members and individuals within academic leadership positions. The administrative contexts and organizational cultures within which they work will be analyzed, along with the career patterns of the academic person.


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