Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the degree programs in the Penn State College of Education.

In addition to the courses listed below, students can also take research courses in other College of Education programs.

HI ED 490. PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR: CAREER EXPLORATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Orientation to graduate study, research ethics, scholarly writing, and professional preparation for career paths in higher education.

HI ED 503. ETHNICITY, NATIONAL IDENTITY, AND EDUCATION (3 credits)
Surveys group-oriented education policies internationally, especially comparing those of Britain, Taiwan, India.

HI ED 504. RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT IN STUDENT AFFAIRS (3 credits)
Knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, implement and evaluate programs in student affairs.

HI ED 505. COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
Human development theory and its application to practice in higher education context.

HI ED 507. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HELPING SKILLS FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS (3 credits)
Exploration of diverse student populations, their different experiences, and the value university communities place on these differences, with a focus on developing helping skills for student affairs practitioners.

HI ED 545. FOUNDATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS IN THE UNITED STATES (3 credits)
A basis for all courses in higher education. Current issues are analyzed and trends of the future anticipated.

HI ED 546. COLLEGE TEACHING (3 credits)
Principles involved in teaching at the college level; effective use of teaching aids; criteria used in evaluation.

HI ED 548. CURRICULA IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Types of undergraduate curricula and their supporting philosophies; approaches to curriculum planning and assessment; patterns of interdisciplinary studies; sources of curricular reforms, representative case studies.

HI ED 549 (ADTED). COMMUNITY COLLEGES (3 credits)
Distinctive contributions to meeting the need for post-secondary education; development, functions, curriculum and instruction, government, administration and finance.

HI ED 552. ADMINISTRATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Philosophy of administration; principles of management and their application in colleges and universities; case studies of administrative problems. Prerequisite: Courses or experience in higher education.

HI ED 553 (CI ED, EDTHP, SOC). EDUCATIONAL MOBILITY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE (3 credits)
Role of education in social mobility, using quantitative, qualitative, and historical methods; focuses comparatively on Britain, East Asia, and South America.class

HI ED 554. THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Examination of the development of higher education in the United States against the background of influential social, political, economic, and intellectual forces; major trends and issues.

HI ED 556. HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS AND CLIENTELE (3 credits)
Guided inquiries into the life and work of college students. Previous graduate-level study of adolescence and young adulthood is highly desirable (e.g., IFS 435 and PSY 426).

HI ED 557 (EDTHP, SOC). SOCIOLOGY OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Reviews theory and current sociology research on student access, achievement, and governance in postsecondary education, with applications to policy analysis.

HI ED 560. LEGAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS (3 credits)
A process for analyzing case law on issues of access, student rights, employment, collective bargaining, church/state, private sector, and liability.

HI ED 562. ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY & HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Application of social science theory and research to post-secondary education organizations and administration; use of research in administrative practice. Prerequisite: HI ED 552.

HI ED 571 (EDLDR, EDTHP). COMPARATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Comparative methods of studying structural variations in systems of higher education in principal industrialized nations and other selected countries.

HI ED 585 (EDLDR, EDTHP). RESEARCH DESIGN: IMPLICATIONS FOR DECISIONS AND POLICY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
A capstone course on research design and analytical approaches in decision-making in higher education from several policy perspectives for dissertation proposal preparation. Prerequisite: Ag 400 and R SOC 573.

HI ED 586 (EDLDR, EDTHP). QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (3 credits)
Exploration of the theoretical framework undergirding qualitative research and its attendant practices and techniques. Prerequisite: completion of core courses in higher education.

HI ED 587 (EDLDR, EDTHP). EDUCATION POLICY AND POLITICS (3 credits)
The political economy and bureaucratic politics of educational organizations, with special attention to policy making, implementation, and evaluation processes.

HI ED 594. RESEARCH TOPICS (1-9 credits)
Dissertation proposal preparation. Student must take 3 credits of 594 in class. Registration contingent upon advisor's approval.

HI ED 595. INTERNSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION (1-9 credits) (Optional)
Supervised experience in administrative offices, in research, on instructional teams, and in college teaching. Registration contingent upon instructor's approval.
NOTE: Recommended for students without work experience in Higher Education.

HI ED 596. INDIVIDUAL STUDIES (1-9 credits)

HI ED 597. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-6 credits)
Special topics in higher education that examine in greater depth both current and recurring issues and that illustrate different approaches to the investigations of higher education. Each of the seminars and courses in this series is generally offered based on need, and topics may change from time to time. Examples:

  • Budgeting
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Higher Education
  • State Policy in Higher Education
  • The American Research University
  • Federal Policy and Legislative Process
  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • Equity Issues in Higher Education
  • History Since 1945
  • Economics & Finance in Higher Education
  • Technology in Higher Education
  • Foundations of Educational Research


HI ED 600. THESIS RESEARCH (on campus) (1-15 credits)

HI ED 601. PHD DISSERTATION FULL-TIME (0 credits))

HI ED 610. THESIS RESEARCH OFF-CAMPUS (1-15 credits)

HI ED 611. PHD DISSERTATION PART-TIME (0 credits)

HI ED 801. FOUNDATIONS OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH (3 credits)
Fundamental research methods with application to campus decisions in areas such as enrollment management, institutional effectiveness and student outcomes.

HI ED 810. PLANNING AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credits)
Provides students with a working knowledge of strategic planning models and budgeting structures and processes. Planning and budgeting skills are important components in institutional decision support. The course provides students with tools and skills in environmental scanning, revenue forecasting, expenditure controls, and benchmarking.

HI ED 830. DESIGNING INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH STUDIES (3 credits)
Teaches alternative research designs and necessary research skills, including sampling and basic measurement, data collection methods, survey research, interviews, focus groups, and selecting appropriate tools. (This course is prescribed for the Institutional Research area of practice.)

HI ED 840. ASSESSING STUDENT OUTCOMES AND EVALUATING PROGRAMS (3 credits)
Studies the many threads that add up to educational effectiveness: evaluating academic programs and curricula, assessing student learning outcomes, coping with accountability and performance reporting requirements, responding to the demands of both regional and disciplinary/vocational accreditation bodies. The course will acquaint students with strategies and instruments for conducting outcomes studies of programs, students, and alumni alike. Assessment topics include basic skills, general education, knowledge in the major, personal growth, and alumni outcomes.

HI ED 850. ANALYZING FACULTY WORKLOAD, PERFORMANCE AND COMPENSATION (3 credits)
Provides researchers with the skills and the analytical issues associated with analyzing faculty workload and performance in teaching, scholarship, and outreach. Topics include an overview of needed local and existing national databases, measuring faculty workload, evaluating faculty research productivity, using student ratings of instruction, providing support for academic program reviews, conducting salary studies, addressing issues of equity/diversity, and assessment faculty satisfaction, turnover, and flow.

HI ED 860. CONDUCTING ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT STUDIES (3 credits)
Provides students with a working knowledge of enrollment management processes and skills for the three stages of enrollment management: (1) attracting, admitting, and enrolling students; (2) the new student experience--orientation, advisement, curricular access, student support services, and remedial work where needed; (3) student success--persistence, academic achievement, graduation, and employment. The course uses logistic regression for predictive modeling of admissions yield, the impact of financial aid on student enrollment behavior, and enrollment forecasting.

HI ED 870. FOUNDATIONS OF ACADEMIC ADVISING (3 credits)
An overview of the academic engagement profession and the role of engagement in higher education. Topics include history, philosophy, theoretical models, emerging issues and scholarship, assessment, and academic engagement career preparation.