What is HALE?
Consistently ranked in the nation's top-10 higher education programs, the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) doctoral program prepares some of the strongest, most well-equipped leaders in higher education. The innovative HALE curriculum challenges students to critically analyze the current research, develop their instruction and pedagogical approach, and discover ways to advance the field of higher education.
Our Community of Scholars
With one of the largest higher education departments in the country, HALE students encompass a wide range of backgrounds, expertise, and research interests. Some students choose to attend the program full-time, while others enroll part-time and continue their professional employment. All students are welcome in HALE, as we believe this diversity adds to the strength of our community. As the field of higher education is broad and far-reaching, future graduates must be prepared to address a multitude of issues. We believe the best preparation for the future is learning from one another today.
In association with the HALE program, the Center for Higher and Adult Education serves as a research hub for innovation and the advancement of higher education. Students and faculty are invited to fully participate in the center’s efforts further policy and international work in postsecondary education. The center also provides funding and support to students for various professional endeavors, including internships, externships, conference attendance, and publication.