Ph.D. Course Descriptions
EDHI 9700 : Internship in Higher Education
An internship is not required, but may be arranged for graduate students when individual needs and experiences are matched by internship opportunities. All internships must be approved, in advance, by the student's major professor, the graduate coordinator, and the Institute's director. The supervised internship is a work experience under a full-time administrator or scholar in an institution or agency of higher education. A major portion of the intern's time should be spent in observing, studying, and assisting in administrative decision making, policy implementation, active research, or institutional studies. Periodic written reports are required and serve as the primary means of evaluating intern performance.
EDHI 9630 : Critique of Educational Literature in Higher Education
Independent study of theory and research literature in the student's field of specialization.
EDHI 9500 : Policy Studies in Higher Education
Major public policy issues concerning U.S. colleges and universities, with emphasis on methods of analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating policy issues.
EDHI 9400 : Comparative Higher Education
Higher education systems and institutions outside North America.
EDHI 9300 : Doctoral Dissertation
Independent research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation under the direction of the major professor.
EDHI 9210 : Strategy & Management in Higher Education
Consideration of how higher education institutions develop and implement strategy, including drawing on the base of theory, research, and cases from business. Topics include industry structure; competition and differentiation; integration, diversification, and expansion; market selection and business plans; developing and maintaining brands; strategic management; organizational culture; and organizational change.
EDHI 9200 : Administrative Leadership in Higher Education
Administrative concepts and practices in American higher education, emphasizing theory and research in leadership and their application in decision making and policy.
EDHI 9100 : The American Professoriate
Social organization, social stratification, and change of the American professoriate by way of classical and contemporary readings. The transition of new faculty members from graduate school to the initial academic appointment.
EDHI 9060 : Social Theory and Higher Education
Social theories about higher education are explored, including theories that cover the relation of higher education to states and to markets, organizational theories, professionalization theories, theories about student issues such as financial aid, social stratification as well as implications of postmodern and feminist theories.
EDHI 9050 : Organization and Governance in Higher Education
Organization and governance in higher education, with special attention to the diversity of institutional types, relevant organizational theory, and the nature of change in colleges and universities.
EDHI 9040 : Using Technology in the College Classroom
Uses of technology—email, multimedia, distance learning, and other emerging tools—to enhance student learning in higher education.
EDHI 9020 : Critical Issues in Higher Education
Critical problems and issues facing colleges and universities; emphasis on change processes and improvement in performance and effectiveness.
EDHI 9010 : Academic Programs in Higher Education
Curricular development in colleges and universities; emphases on specialization, historical influences, curricular trends, academic planning, development, and evaluation.
EDHI 9000 : Doctoral Research
Independent research under the direction of a faculty member, usually the major professor.
EDHI 8990 : Introduction to Research in Higher Education
Consideration of critical research issues in the field; review of resources for higher-education research; specification of appropriate research questions; survey of alternative research philosophies, paradigms, and methods; evaluation of alternative research designs.
EDHI 8960 : Introduction to the United States Postsecondary Education National DataSets
A broad overview of the National Center for Educational Statistics national databases and other selected databases relevant for United States postsecondary education. Following review and understanding, each student will develop a research question, complete analyses, and write a report that uses data from one of the national databases.
EDHI 8920 : Quantitative Methods in Higher Education II
Advanced, problem-based analysis of secondary data sources in higher education. Exposure to major sources of data in higher education research. Applied regression analysis and model building. Overview of advanced methods.
EDHI 8910L : Quantitative Methods in Higher Education I Laboratory
Use of software designed for data access, data management, statistical computing, and graphical presentation.
EDHI 8910 : Quantitative Methods in Higher Education I
Applied data analysis and use of secondary datasets in higher education and institutional research. Assumes previous knowledge of relevant statistical principles. Emphasis on measurement, design, and analysis as interrelated components of rigorous empirical inquiry. Covers descriptive and exploratory data analysis and data management issues relevant to the examination of research problems in higher education.
EDHI 8890 : Seminar in Higher Education
Special topics in higher education; aimed at FDIG and other IHE graduate students interested in basic knowledge about higher education in Georgia and the nation.
EDHI 8700 : State Systems of Higher Education
Discussion of issues that frame the policy relationship between states and their higher education systems. Analysis of structures and policies that states use to govern or coordinate systems and the attributable outcomes. Covers historical trends in states' management of higher education, public and private.
EDHI 8600 : Assessment in Higher Education
Measurement concepts of postsecondary educational assessment and evaluation; emphasis on critical review of assessment methods, practices, and policy issues.
EDHI 8500 : Outreach and Public Service in the University
Public service, outreach, engagement, and extension dimensions of the U.S. university.
EDHI 8410 : Economic Applications to Higher Education
A rigorous examination of the ways economic principles, theories, and models are used to examine higher education. Topics include: investment in human capital, return on education, demand and supply of higher education, postsecondary revenues, and expenditures.
EDHI 8400 : Finance of Higher Education
Financing and financial management in higher education, with particular attention to patterns of financial support and costs, tuition and financial aid, cost-effectiveness, budgeting, and financial decision making.
EDHI 8300 : Law and Higher Education
Legal aspects of higher education, emphasizing pertinent court decisions affecting the administration of institutions, faculty, staff, and students.
EDHI 8200 : Institutional Research : Institutional Research
Institutional research, planning and policy analysis, administrative decision making, and decision support mechanisms or systems.
EDHI 8010 : Higher Education in the United States
An overview of the higher education system in the United States. Course readings and discussion will focus on unique attributes of the system, including its institutional diversity, state and federal roles in funding and management, demographic trends, and the public's conception of higher education.
EDHI 8000 : History of American Higher Education
History of American higher education, emphasizing the relation of history to contemporary concerns and methods of inquiry useful in higher education research.
EDHI 7650 : Applied Project in Higher Education
Independent study developed between the student and an Institute faculty member, involving a functional study of a topic, issue, or problem in higher education.