The Higher Education Program at University of Houston is grounded in a philosophical belief in the transformational nature of higher education as an institution of social change. We believe our nation’s future depends on our ability to make effective use of the enormous talent and resources represented by the diversity of our people and our ideas. Accordingly, this degree is constructed around the following core values:
Education for all people and all places
The M.Ed. in Higher Education program is offered within a diverse setting because faculty and administrators believe that such an environment prepares students to become good citizens in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. It fosters mutual respect and teamwork, and it helps build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions. While enrolled in the Higher Education program, students will learn about the importance of diversity and equity of college opportunity from faculty who are experts in these areas.
Student experience and opportunity
Student work in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program focuses on students' academic and social collegiate experiences. One of the most important issues facing higher education today is the high attrition rates of undergraduates on our campuses and their differential impacts across various segments of society. The need to educate future practitioners on those factors that positively influence student adjustment to college, academic performance and, ultimately, decisions to remain committed to the attainment of a degree is perhaps the most important endeavor of the Higher Education program.
Proven experience and leadership
There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Each of these institutions --- collectively and individually --- plays an important role in the success of the nation and in the success of its respective community. In turn, the success of each of these postsecondary institutions depends on the devoted, dedicated, and effective performance of those trusted with leadership positions. Students in the program learn leadership theories and practice from faculty who have proven themselves as leaders throughout their careers.
Policy and planning
Because of current demands, higher education administrators must be prepared to engage in meaningful strategic planning and policy analysis that will realign campus support services with student needs resulting from rapid student and campus growth and increased student diversity. The M.Ed. in Higher Education program focuses on the impact of student diversity on learning and pays close attention to the broadening of policies, organizational structures and behavioral activities that are meaningful to students.
Collaboration and community
The M.Ed. in Higher Education program has been shaped, in part, by higher education practitioners who have assisted in the development of curriculum, teaching and research components and experiential opportunities for students. Through these partnerships, students are provided numerous opportunities to see the application of theories in practice. The program provides a strong sense of community by bringing together graduate students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners all dedicated to improving college student success.