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Admissions Information
Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

Higher Education & Student Affairs
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Higher Education & Student Affairs    
   Required Courses    
      EDU 5010   Gateway: Higher Education Foundations 3 cr.  The foundational history and philosophy of the profession of student affairs in post-secondary education in the United States. An overview of the organizational structure, functional units, and administrative relationship of personnel services in two- and four-year institutions of higher education. The variety of roles student affairs professionals play on college campuses and in different institutional cultures. The ways that college environments affect the educational experience and personal development of diverse student populations. 
      EDU 5060   Research & Educational Practice 3 cr.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. Prerequisite: permission of advisor. 
      EDU 5120   Student Development Theory 3 cr.  Major bodies of theory and research related to college student development in higher education and the contexts in which that development occurs. The history and nature of student development theory, how it is and has been created, used, and modified. How to locate, synthesize, and apply student development literature related to real-world issues in student affairs/higher education practice. Students apply existing theory to their actual experiences and consider additional ways of looking at those experiences. 
      EDU 5270   Leadership and Intervention Skills 3 cr.  Examination of traditional and contemporary issues confronting leaders in higher education institutions, and the building of leadership skills within the area of student affairs. The principles and dynamics of group interaction and processes/strategies for working with groups in higher education settings. Students develop a leadership profile and learn skills to effectively engage others, manage conflict and change, and build and sustain productive relationships. Emphasis on learning how to resolve moral and ethical questions prevalent across the spectrum of higher education. 
      EDU 5340   Organization, Governance, and Administration 3 cr.  Organizational and management theory as it relates to issues in higher education, with exploration of the culture of higher education institutions. Conceptual models of colleges and universities as large, complex systems, and application of these models to real institutions’ contexts and problems. The distinct, overlapping, and sometimes conflicting roles and responsibilities of particular administrative positions within a college or university. How change occurs in institutions and how that process can be conceived, designed, and implemented. Prerequisite: EDU 5010. 
      EDU 5430   Media Production for Online Instruction 3 cr.  Students learn techniques and strategies for creating new instructional media for use with online instruction, and ways to convert conventional resources into appropriate electronic formats. Technical issues related to balancing media quality and user bandwidth limitations are analyzed. 
      EDU 5670   Service-Learning Practicum 3 cr.  Experiential learning within student affairs. Study of the civic roles of post-secondary education institutions, contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed through service-learning to help higher education institutions become more productively involved with communities they serve. Students work with an experienced practitioner as a supervisor, and program faculty as instructor, to examine their experience in a seminar format and through a reflective portfolio. Prerequisites: EDU 5010 and EDU 5270. 
      EDU 6120   American College Student 3 cr.  The impact that college has on students, both during college and in their lives afterward, explored through various conceptualizations, models, and literatures concerned with explaining and/or examining student outcomes, and the methods employed to translate these concepts into practice. Factors that influence college impact, including student characteristics, college experiences, and institutional types. Consideration of questions surrounding college impact: what are the desired consequences of college; who cares about it and why; how do we conceive of and measure it? Prerequisite: EDU 5120. 
      EDU 6340   Policy, Finance, and Law 3 cr.  Public policymaking processes and the roles of the state and federal governments in relation to higher education; selected current public policy issues; financial issues such as government support for institutions, cost of attendance, financial aid and student indebtedness, access and opportunity. Legal issues such as freedom of expression and religious freedoms, affirmative action; student, faculty, and institutional rights and responsibilities, rights of students with disabilities, employment discrimination, and institutional liability for student behavior. Prerequisite: EDU 5010. 
      EDU 6480   Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 3 cr.  Historical, contemporary, and research aspects of diversity and equity in post-secondary education: access and participation, campus climate, curriculum, and outcomes. Information, concepts, policies, and controversies related to gender, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, socio-economic, ability, and religious differences among students, faculty, administrators, and other employees. Emphasis is placed on critical reading, writing, and class participation. The array of post-secondary educational environments and the administrative competencies necessary to ensure academic equity. Critical stance development is cultivated throughout the course. Prerequisite: EDU 5120. 
      EDU 6670   Professional Experience Practicum 3 cr.  In-depth experiential learning within a functional unit within student affairs. Students take on professional responsibilities in a functional area of a college or university to apply ideas from course work and readings to the practicum setting. Concepts of leadership and innovation are integrated with career development perspectives to support and analyze professional goals. Prerequisites: EDU 5010 and EDU 5270. 
      EDU 6970   Student Affairs Research Project 3 cr.  Integrating material from prior course work and experiences through the assessment and evaluation of a program or unit at a college or university. Students draw on theory and research regarding institutions and students to design a project leading to original research and the presentation of findings and recommendations for practice. The experience is designed to replicate a professional situation of problem-solving as an incoming manager. Prerequisites: EDU 5060, EDU 5670, EDU 6670. 
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