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CAPSTONE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
As a capstone course, this course is intended to provide integration, cohesion, and summary to the entire course of study. We will revisit and reflect upon the foundational hopes of the program for student learning. Likewise, students will complete a culminating project that illustrates their interests, knowledge, and proficiencies within the field of higher education.


COLLEGE STUDENTS IN AMERICA
This course offers a comprehensive overview of American college students. More specifically, it provides a multifaceted profile of who is currently in college. The course also examines and critiques major human development theories that attempt to “explain” students’ development. In this context, the course considers the feasibility of a Christian theory of students’ development during the college years.


COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS
Since national six-year college graduation rates hover at approximately 50%, it seems reasonable to inquire about the extent to which the American colleges and universities are effectively promoting student success in college. This course takes on this “problem” by examining research and literature about college student success to identify particular policies, programs, and practices that promote students’ success in American higher education.


FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
This course is intended to provide an introduction to various research design and methodology skills that are relevant to educational research. We will also examine the nature of the research process as well as the roles of researcher. Our hope is that students will become both more proficient and more accustomed to understanding, valuing, and interpreting educational research as well as designing, conducting and presenting effective research.


FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
This course is designed to introduce students to what might be called the worldviews that shape and have shaped the academy. More specifically, students will uncover and analyze underlying assumptions, perspectives, and practices that are present in American higher education historically and presently. Students will also be introduced to a biblical worldview as a framework for examining other worldviews that are currently operating in the American academy.


FOUNDATIONS OF LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE
This course explores the major philosophic systems that have functioned as foundations for Western higher education, and investigates the interplay of theories of knowing and models of learning in the context of higher education. In either case, it pays special attention to the use of Biblical categories to analyze and to direct the discussion toward the development of normative and practical alternatives for higher education.


GENDER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Gender and Higher Education will examine higher education research to explore how college environments shape men, women, and transgender students; attention will also be given to the experiences of campus leaders. Higher education (faith-based, public, and private) initiatives and programs to address disparities will be reviewed as well as practical steps practitioners can implement within their daily work.


HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
This course provides a general overview of the historical development of American colleges and universities, beginning with the colonial period and continuing through the current scene. The course will also explore the interplay of Christian faith with the historical development of American higher education.


LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE
This course examines literature and research on leadership planning and practice in American colleges and universities, particularly in the context of addressing macro (societal) and micro (organizational) change effectively. In so doing, the attempt will be made to evaluate ways in which a Christian perspective may provide understanding, critique and direction to academic leadership in response to changing landscapes.


LEGAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will discuss current policies and legal concepts concerning American institutions of higher education. The aim of this course is to develop in the student a compass for spotting possible legal concerns that may arise in a variety of professional settings. Students will have the opportunity to weigh and balance the sometimes competing rights and responsibilities of institutions, staff and students through lecture, discussion and case studies.


SPIRITUAL FORMATION
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the study of spirituality in higher education and various practices of spiritual formation in higher education.  This course includes the principles of spiritual formation as well as a broad range of historical and philosophical approaches to faith and spirituality.  The course considers the importance of creating mentoring environments that nurture spiritual and faith development as well as vocational commitments among college students.


THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL
This course examines the concepts of vocation, work, and faith commitment particularly as they take shape within the context of higher education. We will discuss biblical and theological perspectives on vocation and work in an effort to assess their merit and relevance for professional and personal life. In addition, we will consider the issue of leadership and its relationship to personal and professional development.