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Ph.D. Courses

The administrative practicum is a work experience under a full-time administrator in an institution or agency of higher education. The practicum provides graduate students an opportunity to apply knowledge to workplace settings in higher education and reflect on the connections between research,…
An examination of research traditions and methods in higher education with an emphasis on understanding, synthesizing, critically evaluating, and applying research to administrative and policy issues.
Independent study developed between the student and an McBee Institute faculty member, involving a functional study of a topic, issue, or problem in higher education.
History of American higher education, emphasizing the relation of history to contemporary concerns and methods of inquiry useful in higher education research.
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…
Institutional research, planning and policy analysis, administrative decision making, and decision support mechanisms or systems.
Legal aspects of higher education, emphasizing pertinent court decisions affecting the administration of institutions, faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.
Public service, outreach, engagement, and extension dimensions of the U.S. university.
Measurement concepts of postsecondary educational assessment and evaluation; emphasis on critical review of assessment methods, practices, and policy issues.
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…
Special topics in higher education; aimed at FDIG and other MLIHE graduate students interested in basic knowledge about higher education in Georgia and the nation.
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…
Use of software designed for data access, data management, statistical computing, and graphical presentation.
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.
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.
An overview of qualitative research that seeks to stimulate students' imaginations with readings drawn from anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, higher education, and interdisciplinary work. In all readings, we will focus on how the research techniques might be used in…
This advanced qualitative research course is designed as the second part of a qualitative research sequence. In this course, students will carry out the work described in a qualitative research proposal. Students will continue to engage in critical conversations on a number of methodological issues…
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…
Network analysis or network science constitutes one of the fastest-growing quantitative modeling techniques in current research. This hands-on seminar will merge the strength of quantitative models with the powerful mathematical properties of network analysis. The overarching goal is that…
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.
Independent research under the direction of a faculty member, usually the major professor.
Curricular development in colleges and universities; emphases on specialization, historical influences, curricular trends, academic planning, development, and evaluation.
Critical problems and issues facing colleges and universities; emphasis on change processes and improvement in performance and effectiveness.
Uses of technology—email, multimedia, distance learning, and other emerging tools—to enhance student learning 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.
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…
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.
Administrative concepts and practices in American higher education, emphasizing theory and research in leadership and their application in decision making and policy.
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…
Independent research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation under the direction of the major professor.
Higher education systems and institutions outside North America.
Major public policy issues concerning U.S. colleges and universities, with emphasis on methods of analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating policy issues.
Independent study of theory and research literature in the student's field of specialization.
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 McBee Institute's director. The…

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