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Higher Education Policy Courses

Higher Education Policy (EAD 882)

Higher Education Policy is designed for students who want to learn more about the important role of higher policies in U.S. and in other countries. The course aims to compare higher education policies from institutional, state, regional, federal and international (especially European) points of view. The purpose of the course is to help students understand key concepts of postsecondary policy issues within an international framework. Special emphases are given to major policy issues in academe, such as equity, efficiency, accountability, governance and quality assurance. 

Comparative Higher Education (EAD 964)

The course has two main purposes. The first purpose is to gain an understanding of key international higher education policy challenges and how these challenges play out in different international settings (national, institutional, in some cases regional). To assist students in making sense of these international developments, including the distinct national higher education systems in which they apply, we also examine the American “system” of higher education. The primary purpose here is to provide a comparative “benchmark” for interpreting these international higher education policy themes. The second purpose is to introduce students to the methods of international comparative research in higher education, the culmination of which will be a paper comparing one or more internationals settings with the U.S.

Policy Development and Analysis in Postsecondary Education (EAD 967)

The capstone core course in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) Doctoral program is designed to help students integrate and apply knowledge gained from the four initial HALE core courses. The course follows two complementary strands of inquiry: policy development in post-secondary education and policy research design and analysis. Students will use a case-based approach to propose and assess solutions to a specific policy problem in post secondary education.

Advanced Policy Seminar Course (EAD 971)