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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Educational Leadership

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The Ed.D. concentration in Higher Educational Leadership enhances and broadens the leadership knowledge and skills of mid-career professionals within colleges and universities and other settings serving advanced learning needs. Its goal is to help leaders develop knowledge, interpersonal skills, values and awareness that will enable them to influence positively the functioning and educational outcomes of the institutions they serve. Through its structure and content the concentration is intended to (1) enhance both individual professional skills and vision; (2) enhance institutional capacities through more skilled leadership at all levels; (3) develop collaborative networks of professional resources and support through colleagues, faculty, and resource people with whom students have contact; and (4) provide a forum for analysis of regional and national problems in higher education and for advancing solutions to those problems with particular emphasis on understanding the impact of social contexts and individual identity development on colleges and universities.

The doctoral program in Higher Educational Leadership contains four major components culminating in the dissertation including:

   1. Professional Core: a broad, common strand of course work required of all students to provide a common understanding of colleges and universities in modern society (18 credit hours) including the following courses:
          * HED 676/677 Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education (2 semesters)
          * HED 650 Social Context of Higher Education
          * HED 652 Dynamics of Change in Higher Education
          * HED 654 Higher Education Policy and Politics
          * EDU 690 Topics: Advanced Leadership Studies (or a designated alternative)
   2. Research Foundations: a set of courses to provide expertise in evaluating and conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research in educational settings (a minimum of 12 credit hours)
   3. Professional Specialization: a set of interdisciplinary courses tailored to individual professional goals, needs and interests (a minimum of 18 credit hours which can include an internship or field research)
   4. Dissertation Research structured to solve problems or produce knowledge with direct applicability to higher educational practice (a minimum of 6 credit hours).

The structure of the program is defined by the Ed.D. requirements in the parent Educational Leadership program. It requires 90 credit hours past the bachelor’s degree. Students may transfer up to 45 hours from prior graduate work. The disciplinary backgrounds and the applied experience mid-career students bring with them are central to the learning environment. Students are expected to learn from one another as well as from faculty and others with specific expertise in areas of higher education.

Additional information regarding the program and the supplemental admissions process is available from Higher Education Leadership Doctoral Admissions, 5766 Shibles Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469. Application deadline is typically February 15.

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