The Higher Education - Student Services concentration of Lewis University's online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program offers training and expertise in administrative systems, organization and functions related to student affairs departments at colleges and universities.
"Managing students—whether they are traditional college-age young adults or adults attending evening or online classes—is a special challenge. The curriculum of the Higher Education - Student Services concentration has been designed to respond to the changing face of the college and university experience."
— Dr. Richard Walsh, Director of the Graduate Program in Organizational Leadership Studies at Lewis University
The concentration is made of up courses totaling 12 credit hours.
This course focuses on the governance and management issues of higher education and the interface between the social and political forces. It will develop the context for understanding public and private institutions, academic and administrative organization, and governance generally and as these affect student-institution relationships. Emphasis will be placed on connecting the historical perspectives of higher education with the current leadership/governance issues of today. Theoretical frameworks and organizational models will be used for analysis.
This course combines the theory and application of team development. As a member of a group, students will develop a work product and have the opportunity to improve their skills in observing and analyzing group behavior as well as determining the role and impact of leadership. Students will improve their skills as a member and leader of a group. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of group development within organizations, how teams differ from work groups and how and when to develop high performance teams.
Reviewing the characteristics of the organization, administration and functions of student affairs programs, this course looks at the concrete services offered. Perspectives in planning, annual rotation of events and services, staffing issues, foundational budgeting and other areas of management will be reviewed. These services will be considered in regard to mission, diversity, traditional and non-traditional students. Students will engage in actual design and share in the implementation of student service initiatives in the learning context.
This course uses the concepts of positive psychology to focus on the development of adults as individuals and persons living in the context of organizations with a focus on the role of leadership in promoting personal maturation and learning. Working with theories of human development, this course develops a foundation for understanding and facilitating adult growth. Psychometric instrument used in this course: VIA Survey of Character Strengths.
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