Higher Education Administration: Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, or Institutional Research and Policy Analysis Tracks - M.S.Ed.
Designed to produce highly effective administrators and leaders, the Higher Education Administration Program is based in enrollment management, the only program of its kind in the nation. Enrollment management is an institution-wide approach that uses theory, research and teamwork to recruit and retain students and support their academic success, psychological development and personal well-being.
The program leads to a master of science in education degree via one of three innovative tracks: Enrollment Management,Student Life and Development, and Institutional Research and Policy Analysis. Open to both full- and part-time students, the program offers mostly evening classes.
The 33-credit Enrollment Management (EM) concentration focuses on administrative service components that when strategically managed work together to recruit and retain students for the institution and provide seamless support from matriculation to graduation and beyond. Components examined in coursework and hands-on opportunities include recruitment and admissions, financial aid and scholarships, market and institutional research, student employment and career planning, records and registration, academic advising and support services, student accounts, housing and alumni affairs. Ours is an expansive, interdisciplinary curriculum taught by a faculty of scholars and administrators from the School of Education, School of Business Administration, and the Division of Enrollment Management, which for 17 years has been a national leader in the practice of enrollment management. Because it is a working laboratory for EM activities, the University of Miami offers unusual exposure to the departments and offices found at most colleges and universities as well as applications of theory to practice.
The 36-credit Student Life and Development(SLD) concentration provides aspiring administrators the knowledge and skills to support a new college student’s transition and adjustment and ultimate involvement and achievement. This focus is especially important because (1) campus demographics, cultures and orientations have been shifting greatly; (2) a bachelor’s degree has become vital to social and economic achievement across the board; and (3) more students are coming to college bearing the effects of various life stressors and needing a motivating, helpful environment. Traditionally, student affairs professionals were educated in “college student personnel” programs – a valuable approach but more narrowly centered on campus life issues. In contrast, our program employs enrollment management basics, including strategic planning and research, to instill a holistic understanding of the many different components that can affect academic success, including the roles family and community play in promoting the well-being of students from diverse backgrounds. Through this focus on undergraduate diversity and psychosocial development, the program addresses the extracurricular activities and other tools associated with promoting personal development and well-being, including creative problem-solving, effective program evaluation, good teamwork and research-based decision-making. As in the EM track, students have many opportunities for hands-on experience.
The Institutional Research and Policy Analysis (HEIR) track focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Practitioners in the field of institutional research work in various capacities at the institution. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics. A hands-on practicum in institutional research completes the experience.
Instills understanding of enrollments from first contact with prospective students through matriculation, graduation and beyond. Research, teamwork, strategic planning and a capstone project are emphasized. After reviewing the EM track’s academic information and requirements on this site, you may also want to check out the Division of Enrollment Management-directed site at www.enrollmentmanagement.org
Instills deep understanding of diverse college students their families, and their communities, beginning with the transitions from high school. Practicum opportunities include financial aid, career planning, academic advising and support, housing, dining, alumni and more.
Students enrolled in the track will develop the conceptual and practical skills required to conduct institutional research in and/or policy analysis related to postsecondary institutions. They will be prepared for a variety of professional positions within postsecondary institutions including research and/or policy appointments within higher education program or centers, in institutional research offices, in federal and/or state agencies, or higher education associations. Upon the completion of this practice-based program, students will have the technical and practical competence and knowledge of postsecondary institutions that will position them for careers in the field of institutional research and policy analysis.