Higher Education in the U.S.: An Overview
This course is intended to familiarize students
with the nature and characteristics of American higher education. Within
a framework of introductory lectures and discussions, students will become
familiar with (1) the structure of postsecondary education, (2) the roles
played by the various constituents in higher education, (3) issues that
affect American higher education, and (4) basic readings in the field.
HIED 8330: College
Teaching Problems and Issues
This course will explore
the existing practice, theory, and research on college teaching. The course
adopts a Practice-Theory-Research approach to consider the scope, nature
and direction of problems and issues in college teaching, to examine the
theories that exist on these problems and issues, and to guide students
to conduct small-scale research on a problem or issue of their choice.
This course is essential for graduate students who pursue studies or careers
in which research on teaching is a major focus, and for current and prospective
faculty members in institutions of higher and/or postsecondary education.
HIED 8332: Curriculum
Design in Higher Education
[Prerequisite: Higher Education
8330 or consent of instructor. ]
This course will address
curriculum issues in a variety of postsecondary settings, and the primary
focus is undergraduate programs including liberal, general, occupational,
and professional education. The course is designed for postsecondary faculty,
administrators, and researchers who are interested in curriculum planning,
evaluation and revision, instructional design, or academic staffing. The
course approaches curriculum planning from an ëinternal and external
constituenciesí perspective, including society and its organizations,
administrators, faculty, students, and others. In this approach, curriculum
will be defined broadly as a plan or design for student learning at the
course, program, or institutional level.
HIED 8333: College
and University Faculty
This course will explore
the existing data and theory on college and university faculty. The course
adopts a chronological approach to consider how recruitment to the profession
occurs, the socialization processes involved in the preparation of future
professors, the labor market, the nature of the work they perform, their
relationships to other subgroups (students, administrators, and colleagues),
the frustrations and rewards of the occupation--in short, the academic
career. This course is essential for graduate students who pursue studies
or careers in which research on faculty is a major focus, for current and
prospective faculty members in institutions of higher education, and for
those interested in the sociology of work and occupations.
HIED 8345: Internet
Research in Higher Education (Online Seminar)
This course is intended to
familiarize students with the scope and nature of higher education- related
resources that are available in various formats using computer technology
and the Internet. In addition, it explores the concept of 'environmental
scan' and assists students to create scan strategies that are optimally
useful for their specific instructional, administrative and research interests.
Areas of emphasis include 1) the World-Wide Web, focusing on the identification
and use of video, text and dataset resources; 2) electronic listservs,
their uses, misuses, and etiquette; and 3) Usenet Newsgroups, introducing
basic software and resources for accessing and exchanging information related
to the study of higher education on both national and international levels.
HIED 8345: Sociology
of Higher Education
This seminar examines the
role of higher education in reproducing and reinforcing prevailing social,
political, and economic relationships, including a focus on how the dominant
educational culture marginalizes students from different backgrounds and
experiences. This seminar will also explore the interaction of schooling
and social stratification and the social organization of higher education
for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and also for college
and university faculty.
HIED 8350: The
American College Student
This course is intended to
familiarize students with the nature and characteristics of the student
population (historical and contemporary) in American higher education.
In addition, it explores the effects of different college environments
on student outcomes. Additional areas of emphasis include 1) the psychological
development of students, focusing on environmental impact; 2) an introduction
to the variety of research methods used in quantitative and qualitative
studies of college students; and 3) evaluation and assessment issues, introducing
basic methodological problems in the study of college students. This course
is essential for graduate students who pursue careers in which research
on college students is a major focus, or who design and administer programs
for students on college campuses.
HIED 8399: Dissertation
[Prerequisites: consent of
instructor; student's doctoral chair. Open only to doctoral students.]
Formulation of topic for
dissertation research; development of dissertation prospectus in form satisfactory
to student's doctoral committee.
June 9, 2001