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Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. Policy, and Development: Higher Education (HE) Cohort Curriculum for U.S. Educators

Coursework

The 65 credits (minimum) of coursework for the Ed.D. cohort program in higher education will consist of:

  1. 41 new semester credits distributed among courses in higher education and research methodology;
  2. 12 credits in a supporting program (coursework taken in areas outside OLPD); and
  3. 12 thesis credits, associated with the completion of the doctoral research project.

Students are permitted to transfer up to 12 credits of previously completed graduate-level coursework in education or related areas, subject to the approval of their faculty adviser, the director of graduate studies, and the Graduate School. These credits may be applied to the coursework listed above.

2010 Curriculum

(Tentative schedule - subject to change)

Fall and spring classes will meet on Friday and Saturday, approximately once a month. Summer courses will be offered each year in an intensive, two-week session near the end of June.

Year 1 (10 credits)
Summer Session 2010 Fall Semester 2010 Spring Semester 2011
OLPD 5701—U.S. Higher Education (3 cr)

Doctoral Seminar (1 cr)
OLPD 5001—Formal Organizations in Education (3 cr) OLPD 5704—College Students Today (3 cr)
Year 2 (12 credits)
Summer Session 2011 Fall Semester 2011 Spring Semester 2012
OLPD 5721—Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Ed. (3 cr)

OLPD 5080—Special Topics: External Relations and Higher Education (3 cr)
OLPD 8703—Public Policy in Higher Education (3 cr) OLPD 5080—Special Topics: Statistics Literacy (3 cr)
Year 3 (12 credits)
Summer Session 2012 Fall Semester 2012 Spring Semester 2013
OLPD 5056—Case Studies for Policy Research (3 cr)

OLPD 8702— Administration and Leadership in Higher Education (3 cr)
Cohort/Individual Option (3 cr) Cohort/Individual Option (3 cr)
Supporting Program (12 credits)
12 credits in a supporting program (coursework taken in areas outside OLPD)
Thesis Credits (12 credits)
Students must enroll for a total of 12 thesis credits prior to graduation. Students typically enroll for these credits during years 3 and 4 after the successful completion of the oral preliminary exam.

Total Program Credit Summary

Required new coursework credits = 41
Supporting program credits = 12
Thesis credits = 12
Total Ed.D. credits (minimum) = 65

Course Descriptions

OLPD 5001—Formal Organizations in Education (3 cr)
Presents classical and contemporary theories of organizations and their applications in higher education and related fields.

OLPD 5056—Case Studies for Policy Research (3 cr)
Qualitative case study research methods and their applications to educational policy and practice. Emphasis on designing studies that employ open-ended interviewing as primary data collection technique.

OLPD 5080—Special Topics: External Relations and Higher Education (3 cr)
Institutional branding and public relations, town-gown relations, crisis management, development and advancement, alumni relations, and federal/state lobbying.

OLPD 5080—Special Topics: Statistics Literacy (3 cr)
Focuses on how to read and interpret statistical data to inform institutional decision-making.

OLPD 5080—Special Topics: Action Research (3 cr)
Introduction to methods of action research, focuses on study planning, and collecting/analyzing data to address various institutional problems.

OLPD 5701—U.S. Higher Education (3 cr)
Presents historical and contemporary perspectives on higher education in the United States, with emphasis on the structure, history, and purposes of the higher education system as a whole.

OLPD 5704—College Students Today (3 cr)
Focuses on college student development, curricular and extracurricular activities, and student-faculty interaction in colleges and universities.

OLPD 5721—Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (3 cr)
Review of research. Theoretical frameworks, methodological perspectives, and research strategies used to study students, staff, and faculty. Historical perspectives.

OLPD 8702—Administration and Leadership in Higher Education (3 cr)
Examines issues of leadership, governance, and administration in higher education through theoretical perspectives and practical analysis. Topics include planning, change, decision making, organizational culture, budgeting, and conflict management.

OLPD 8703—Public Policy in Higher Education (3 cr)
Presents theories, analytic methods, and critical issues in higher education at the state and national levels. Issues include equality of educational opportunity and access, affirmative action, system-wide governance and coordination, research funding, student financial aid, and public accountability.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Dr. David Weerts
Coordinator, Higher Education Program Track
612-625-2289
dweerts@umn.edu

Revised November 2011


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