A study of the administrative and organizational aspects of colleges and universities with emphasis on principle organizational components, and contemporary leadership issues.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The purpose of this course is to broaden the candidate’s understanding of higher education, its history, current challenges, and organizational structure with emphasis being placed on effective higher education leadership. The distinctive leadership challenges and organizational procedures of Christian colleges, private colleges, community colleges, and state university systems will be addressed. In addition, the administration of academics, athletics, and student life will be addressed.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the events that shaped the foundation of higher education in America.
- Analyze the roles of the university president, provost, academic vice president, academic deans, and trustees in regards to decision making, accreditation, governance, and responsibilities.
- Analyze the importance of the staff department in light of emerging leadership and management practices coupled with technological innovations.
- Evaluate why societies become more bureaucratic at the expense of traditions, emotions, and values and how bureaucratic thought processes become habits.
- Compare the differences between bureaucratic and participatory decision-making models and how they rely on an ethical component.
- Evaluate personal administrative goals with an emphasis on future career opportunities as guided by prayer, biblical wisdom, and God’s direction.
- Articulate a personal ethical decision-making style and the events that contribute to its formation.
Textbook readings, presentations, and websites
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will complete 5 Discussions throughout this course. The candidate will create a thread of at least 400 words with a minimum of 2 citations in current APA format. The candidate will also reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words; replies do not require citations. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)
Media Analysis Paper
The candidate will compare coverage of his/her selected college administration topic in 3–4 different types of sources (newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books, professional association website). The candidate will determine what perspectives are present or absent and assess sources for bias. The candidate must identify relevant scriptural principles and perspectives from a biblical worldview, including at least 1 relevant Bible verse. This assignment must be 800–1,000 words and requires citations from 3–4 sources in current APA formatting. (MLO: B, F, G)
Journal Critiques (3)
The candidate will write 3 Journal Critiques based on research articles from various professional journals. Each critique must follow current APA format and must be 2–5 pages, not including the title page and reference page. (MLO: A, E)
Leadership Issues in Higher Education Report
The candidate will write a report on the major leadership issues confronting higher education institutions today. The report must follow current APA format and must be 2–5 pages (not including the title page, abstract, or the reference page). A total of 3–5 references is required. (MLO: B, E, F)
Journal Analysis Paper
The candidate will write an 800–1,000-word essay in which he/she will compare 3 scholarly journal articles with different points of view on some issue related to college administration. The analysis must thoroughly interpret and examine the articles for perspective, validity, and significance of the findings. The candidate must support his/her discussion with relevant facts, arguments, examples, and details from his/her review of article. The analysis must be well-reasoned, indicating substantial breadth and depth of thinking, include at least 1 relevant Bible verse, and use current APA formatting. (MLO: B, F, G)
The candidate will survey and report on the ethical decision making in higher education. This report must follow current APA format and must be 2–5 pages (not including the title page, abstract, or the reference page). A total of 3–5 references is required. (MLO: B, K)
Managing and Developing Educational Staffs Report
The candidate will review and analyze the concepts and processes that have emerged during recent decades concerning the professional development of educational staffs. This report must follow current APA format and must be 2–5 pages (not including the title page, abstract, or the reference page). A total of 3–5 references is required. (MLO: G, H)
Personal Administrative Project
The candidate will develop and report on a personal plan of action. This project requires research, including personal interviews. The project must follow current APA format and must be 2–5 pages (not including the title page, abstract, or the reference page). A minimum of 5 sources that are 10 years old or less is required. (MLO: J, K)