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Students pursuing the Higher Education Organization Management Certificate (HEOMC) examine the administration, leadership, and management of colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions. Specific foci include organizational structures, governance, assessment and strategic planning, financial and other resource allocation, decision-making, and leadership in higher education settings. HEOMC students may delve into depth around the topics of crisis management and mental health, diversity and inclusion, or global higher education.

Students will develop the skills to inform evidence-based practices and policies for managing higher education organizations effectively and addressing the complex challenges and opportunities facing these institutions in a constantly evolving higher education landscape.

Four courses, as described below, are required to earn the Higher Education Organization Management Certificate.

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Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education

This course comprehensively addresses the budget process in colleges and universities, along with the impact of budget activities on all areas of institutional planning and operations. Students enhance their ability to write and speak effectively regarding issues related to budget and finance.

Assessment in Higher Education

This course examines how assessment can be used to improve higher education. The content includes a review of a variety of methodological approaches as well as the public policy context that is bringing assessment to the forefront of the nation’s educational agenda. Students develop a framework for thinking about the circumstances under which assessment and evaluation can be successfully conducted to promote educational quality.

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Proseminar in Higher Education

This course focuses on current and ongoing issues in the American higher education system. Students are introduced to a variety of areas of professional endeavor, such as enrollment management, student affairs, athletics administration and others. They explore major issues and policies, including affirmative action, college access, and governance and mission of different institutional types. They also have the opportunity to meet senior-level professionals in a variety of higher education positions.

Structure, Governance, and Leadership in Higher Education

This course provides students an opportunity to understand the structure and governance of colleges and universities and the characteristics of leadership in these institutions. Students explore the potential and limits of presidential leadership as well as competing and complementary forces, both internal and external.

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Crisis Management and Mental Health Issues

This course addresses different crises and mental health issues on university campuses. Students examine the concept of crisis (types and stages), the relationship to legal obligations, communication, and the prevalent mental health issues on U.S. campuses. Real case studies will be discussed using a crisis response model.

Global Issues and Strategic Partnerships

This course examines the "global university" and the role of higher education institutions in addressing global priorities through international partnerships. We analyze the leadership of administrators and faculty in creating the agenda for internationalization and the support of offices throughout campus. Case studies and institutional strategies in theory and practice will focus on transformative partnership models that advance reciprocity and academic quality. Governmental and non-governmental organizations with programs directed to international higher education also will be considered.

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Through Intentional Leadership and Organizational Change

This course provides a solid understanding of how individual identities and institutional/organizational and structural inequities impact experiences. Students will analyze and discuss bias, power, privilege, and marginalization on individual and systemic levels. This course focuses on understanding and practicing the critical elements of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) work through assessment, strategic planning, initiative alignment, and influencing organizational change.

Transferable Coursework

The coursework from this certificate is transferable to our Masters in Higher Education Administration and Policy Degree.

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