The Higher Education Program is practitioner-oriented with a primary focus on the preparation of academic and administrative professionals who are characterized by their competence and confidence to be effective leaders in the higher education workplace.
The graduate-level program awards the Master of Higher Education (M.Ed.) (with specialization areas in Student Affairs and Organization/Administration) and the Doctor of Education in Higher Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education that centers on administration. HIED is part of the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders and began in 1961.
Higher Education program faculty maintain active and diverse research agendas. Their scholarship encompasses the study of faculty, students, governance and fundraising from historical or current perspectives at both four-year and two-year college settings. In the past three years, they have collectively authored or co-authored two books, eight book chapters and 32 refereed journal articles. They also have received research grants from such highly competitive funding agencies as the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
An inclusive, diverse, and equitable culture and climate is central to student success and the university's academic mission. The University of Arkansas envisions a reality where all members of our campus community — students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, prospective students - and community stakeholders across our region, state and beyond — are committed to creating an engaged culture and climate of appreciation for inclusivity, diversity, equity, respectfulness, and civility.
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