Graduate School - Higher Education

Jason Morris, Graduate Director   
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, Texas 79699-8252

Phone: 325-674-2830
Fax: 325-674-2123
Email: morrisj@acu.edu
Web: http://highered.acu.edu

Faculty
Jason Morris, Ed. D.,  Associate Dean, Honors College; Director, Masters Program in Higher Education and Associate Professor of Higher Education

Mark McCallon, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Library Science and Assistant Director of Brown Library


Introduction
 

The Master of Education in Higher Education, with an emphasis in college student affairs and conflict management, is a 36-hour program designed to prepare you for a professional career in a broad range of higher education settings.

Higher education is understood increasingly as a holistic enterprise that requires not only a traditionally organized discipline-oriented faculty but also a cadre of professionals trained in co-curricular concerns—matters that command great importance in the lives of college students but are not commonly the focus of classroom experiences. This program is designed both for working student development professionals who reside in a higher education setting and need advanced training and for recent college graduates who have an interest in working in higher education.

The program will prepare you to incorporate faith-based principles in professional practice. Graduates will be qualified for roles such as residence life director, academic advisor, international student coordinator, financial aid counselor, intramurals director, career services advisor and many others. The degree will also provide a solid foundation for future doctoral work in higher education.

This program is designed to provide learning that is both content-based and experiential and that is intentional in its consideration and integration of the role of Christian faith in the work of a higher education professional. Upon completion of this program, students will be knowledgeable about and competent in:

  • Resource management in higher education
  • Diversity and intercultural issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Student development
  • Legal and ethical issues in higher education
  • Student spiritual formation
  • Research methodology


 

Admission Requirements   

Admission requirements for the MEd in higher education are:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission); 
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript 
      must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;  
  3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and   
      evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  4. Two letters of recommendation; 
  5. A written purpose statement describing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to enter the higher education   
      program and future career plans; and 
  6. A personal interview with the program director.  Contact Jason Morris to arrange the interview.

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HIGHER EDUCATION (MED)   

Major Code: HIGH

Requirements for the MEd in higher education are:     

1. Higher Education courses:

    HIED 611 Foundations of Higher Education
    HIED 613 Introduction to Student Services    
    HIED 621 Research and Assessment in Higher Education    
    HIED 622 College Students and Student Developmental Theory    
    HIED 632 Spiritual Development in College Students    
    HIED 635 Higher Education Resource Management        
    HIED 643 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education
   HIED 695 Internship with Embedded Capstone    

2. Conflict Resolution courses: 
    CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication    
    CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation    
    CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace    
    

 

PROPOSED *Graduate Certificate Enrollment Management (CER)

Jason Morris, Academic Director
College of Education and Human Services
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, TX 79699

Phone: 325-674-6565
Fax: 325-674-6717
Email: enrollmentmanagement@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.ed/enrollmentmanagement

Faculty

Jason Morris, Ed.D., Associate Dean, Honors College, Director, Masters Program in Higher Education and Associate Professor of Higher Education

Mark McCallon, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Library Science and Assistant Director of Brown Library

Introduction
The Certification in Enrollment Management (CER-EMC) is offered through the College of Education and Human Services.

The certificate is a 12-credit hour post-baccalaureate certificate.  The certificate courses are offered in an online format with a mandatory residency session (offered in Dallas) designed to concentrate on practical skill development. 

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

The mission of the Certificate in Enrollment management is to prepare entry and mid-level enrollment professionals for the ever-changing world of marketing, recruiting and retention of students in the higher education setting.

Primary purposes of the program are to equip and enable graduates who:

  • Integrate the historical underpinnings, functionality, and professional standards of enrollment management into professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of prospecting and enrollment marketing.
  • Administer appropriate admissions decisions strategies related to the recruitment and selection of students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding student orientation, advising, retention, and the ongoing management of enrollment.

Course work in this program has been designed to provide students with a depth of knowledge in the theory and practice of enrollment management.  The inclusion of pricing, strategy, retention and student services reflects the  importance of developing a holistic view of enrollment management within the broader higher education framework.  Each student is introduced and immersed into concepts that will develop their capacity for advancement into positions of greater authority and effectiveness in their careers in higher education enrollment management.

Admission requirements for the MEd in higher education are:
Entrance into the program is not limited to any specific undergraduate degree.  The admission requirements for the CER-ENR program are:

1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);

2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;

3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate “B” average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;

4. Two letters of recommendation;

5. A written purpose statement describing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to enter the higher education program and future career plans; and

6. A personal interview with the program director. Contact Jason Morris to arrange the interview.


CERTIFICATE IN ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT (CER)

Major code: EMC

Requirements for the certificate in enrollment management are:

Required (12 hours):

HIED 6XX Introduction to Enrollment Management
HIED 6XX Approaches to Marketing, Recruitment and Selection
HIED 6XX Financial Concepts in Enrollment Management
HIED 6XX Student Services and Retention

Residency Session

*This program is pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

 


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