HEAL Schedule and Course Descriptions

All courses are online and 3 credit hours.


Fall 1

HEAL 500 Historical & Contemporary Issues in Higher Education *

This course provides students with an overview of the evolution of American higher education as we know it today. The first half of the course is an examination of the history of American higher education, beginning with colonial times and tracing its development to the present. The second half of the course examines current topics in higher education, focusing on perennial issues and why they continue to perplex higher education officials.

HEAL 510 Administrative and Academic Collaboration *

This course provides students with an overview of staffing practices in higher education and the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between faculty, staff, and administration, with a special emphasis on acquiring a better understanding of who faculty are, what faculty do, and what faculty think. Particular attention will be given to how organizational culture drives collaborative efforts in minority serving institutions.


Spring 1

HEAL 520 Leadership in Minority Serving Institutions *

This course examines the various leadership theories that inform the practice of administration in colleges and universities and the higher education industry in general. Through assignments, special attention will be geared toward applying these theories to leadership within the context of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

HEAL 530 Finance and Budgeting in Higher Education *

This course provides students with an overview of finance and budgeting issues in higher education. It describes the financial resource management in institutions as well as the budgeting process


Summer 1

HEAL 540 Leading for Student Success in Minority Serving Institutions (Summit) *

This course examines theories and practices that influence student success. Particular attention will be given to the roles and responsibilities of administrators engaged in managing organizational strategies and interventions within minority serving institutions.

HEAL 550 Policy & Politics in Higher Education *

This course examines state and federal government policies that influence institutions of higher education (IHEs) generally and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) specifically. The intersection between policies and institutional actions creates a dynamic that influences administrative leadership and student access and success. Effective leaders must account for the context in which they operate, and state and federal policies contribute to that context and, as such, merit special consideration and study.


* Courses Required for ELI Option


Fall 2

HEAL 560 Data Analysis in Higher Education

This course introduces the concepts and skills involved in understanding and analyzing research a variety of areas in higher education. The course provides an overview of basic, general knowledge of various research methodologies. It emphasizes the conceptual underpinnings of statistical analysis of data, including univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing and procedures in testing statistical hypothesis for one and two sample designs. This course also enhances students’ abilities to locate, read, comprehend, and critically analyze research articles and reports.

HEAL 570 Legal Issues in Higher Education

This course is designed to review the impact of the judiciary on higher education. The legal standing of institutions of higher education on issues of staff rights, student rights, and tort liability will be addressed. In addition, the impact of local ordinances, state and federal laws and regulations will be examined.


Spring 2

HEAL 580 Planning, Institutional Research & Assessment

This course provides students with an overview of decision-making strategies and techniques for effective planning, institutional research, and assessment. Particular attention will be given to the diversity of institutional settings and the context within which leaders in higher education practice, including small and large campuses, public and private colleges and universities, system offices, and state and federal level agencies.
Special focus will be directed toward understanding aspects of various planning processes and strengths and weaknesses of them. This course is designed to explore the foundations of the current interest in assessing outcomes of higher education and continuous quality improvement.

HEAL 581 Practicum in Planning, Institutional Research & Assessment

This course provides students actual experiences, through projects and activities, in the management and practice of planning, institutional research, or assessment in a professional setting within higher education administration under supervision. Students will work with administrators in college and university offices whose function is in the planning, institutional research, and assessment domain


Summer 2

HEAL 590 Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

This course provides an understanding of the various relationships that enable institutions of higher education to expand their resource base to help them fulfill their missions. Students will examine the importance of external partnerships and activities related to such partnerships, including but not limited to grantsmanship, institutional advancement, and strategic collaborations with public and private entities

HEAL 591 Practicum in Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

This course provides students actual experiences, through projects and activities, in the management and practice of entrepreneurship and external partnerships, including but not limited to the areas of grantsmanship, institutional advancement, and strategic collaborations with public and private entities. Students will work with administrators in college and university offices whose function it is to create, maintain, or grow external partnerships and expand the institution’s resource base.