1 Abilene Christian University Master of Education in Higher Education Online Program Hardin Administration Building at ACU
2 Looking at the Big Picture In my career, I had been promoted a few times, however I still didn t feel I had reached my potential. My hope was that obtaining my master s degree would assist me in my pursuit of a career in upper management at a not-for-profit school. Nearing the end of my master s degree and shortly after attending ACU s residency in Texas, I began thinking it was time to advance my career. Now that I could add my master s degree to my resume I felt that by combining it with my work experience, I had the perfect marriage of education and experience to propel me further in the education sector. I began looking for new positions and shortly after I received a job offer. I am now the Associate Director of Scholarships and Bursaries for Canada s second largest university. I am certain that both the online and residency portions of my online master s degree at ACU significantly contributed to my ability to successfully obtain this position and will continue to assist me as I travel down my new career path. Peter Wilson ( 11) M.Ed. in Higher Education
3 Welcome to the online Master of Education (M.E.d.) in Higher Education at ACU. We are a dedicated community of students and faculty with a common interest in the study and practice of higher education, and a common bond in our Christian values. Our program has a unique focus on two special areas of student services: College Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Both tracks can prepare you to deal with issues and concerns in higher education settings from a Christian perspective. Our goal is to produce outstanding faith-informed practitioners who are prepared to engage and impact the lives of students while fulfilling their own professional goals in the process. If you are ready to take advantage of new opportunities, meet challenges and develop as a leader, our M.Ed. in Higher Education program is right for you. By becoming a part of the Wildcat family, you can strengthen your ability to serve students, enhance your career opportunities and build strong and longlasting relationships with your fellow students and our faculty. Thank you for your interest in this program. Our desire is to help you meet your goals as a higher education professional. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Jason Morris, Ed.D. Director, M.Ed. in Higher Education Associate Professor of Higher Education Co-Director, Graduate Certificate in Enrollment Management M E S S A G E F R O M T H E C H A I R
4 Developing young minds at the collegiate level goes beyond courses and test scores. We believe professional, emotional and spiritual development is essential for personal growth, Our M.Ed. in Higher Education at a glance: P R O G R A M O V E R V I E W and it takes well-trained, passionate professionals to help foster that development. Our online Master of Education in Higher Education is a 36-credit-hour degree that can prepare you for a career in a broad range of higher education settings. Our goal is to transform you into a faith-informed practitioner prepared to engage and impact the lives of students. Higher education is increasingly understood as a holistic enterprise that requires not only a traditionally organized, disciplineoriented faculty, but also a cadre of professionals trained in co-curricular concerns. The program features two concentrations, College Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, both of which can help you build the expertise to manage the nuanced interpersonal connections between students and professionals. Learn in a flexible, online environment that reflects your Graduate in as few as 2 years Benefit from no GRE/GMAT requirements Study in an interactive, faith-based environment Form lasting relationships with faculty and peers Develop leadership, critical thinking and interpersonal skills College Student Affairs Concentration Some individuals have a natural talent for providing guidance, smoothing things over and making peace among others. We can help you learn to analyze, address, mediate and manage conflict effectively and professionally and develop strong leadership qualities in student affairs. You can impact students lives by providing the guidance and valuable personal lessons that come from outside of the classroom. Specifically, I chose ACU because it worked for me. It was one of the more affordable options at the time and after working at a Christian college, I loved the idea of integrating faith into all the coursework and how immediately applicable it was to what I was doing and what I have been doing. I would learn something in class and immediately turn around and use the stuff. Not only practical respects, but spiritual aspects as well. Lindsey Fifield ( 11) M.Ed. in Higher Education dedication to higher education and your faith. Whether you aspire to work with students on a direct or administrative level, our online program can help you build the foundational knowledge to excel as a guiding force. Enrollment Management Concentration More than 4,000 colleges and universities national utilize enrollment personnel. With this track you can gain a deeper understanding of enrollment marketing, admissions strategy, financial aid and student retention practices.
5 The M.Ed. in Higher Education program is a 36- programs and services which the college student HIED Spiritual Development in hour program comprised of 11 courses. Students affairs field delivers within American colleges and College Students complete 24 hours of core requirements and universities. (3 credits) Provides students with a comprehensive 12 hours towards their concentration. Program introduction to spiritual development. Includes also requires participation in a professional development residency at ACU in Abilene, TX. To learn more, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at Ext (U.S. and Canada) or Ext (International). Core Requirements: HIED Foundations of Higher Education A comprehensive introduction to American higher education, including its historical development, structure, roles and diverse characteristics. A special focus will be placed on the interplay of Christian faith with the historical development of American higher education. (3 credits) HIED Introduction to College HIED Research and Assessment in Higher Education This course examines a variety of scientific methods that provide the foundation for research in higher education settings. Research processes will be examined in stages from problem formulation to data collection and analysis. The course will focus on how research problems are formulated, how hypotheses or research questions are derived, the specific designs that researchers may use in addressing given research topics, approches to data collection and analysis and evaluating the research of others. The course will also focus on appropriate assessment techniques in the higher education setting. (3 credits) HIED College Students and Student the history and principles of Christian spiritual formation as well as a broad range of historical and philosophical approaches to spirituality. (3 credits) HIED Higher Education Resource Management A comprehensive introduction to managing resources in a higher education setting. A special emphasis is placed on budgeting and financial planning. (3 credits) HIED Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education Provides an examination of the major legal and ethical issues confronting contemporary higher education professionals. Emphasis is placed on federal regulations and mandates, C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N S Student Services Development Theory constitutional issues, tort liability, contractual An introduction to and overview of the field of A comprehensive introduction to the holistic relationships, distinctions between public and college student affairs is offered with emphasis development of college students and the history, private sector institutions of higher education upon its historical and philosophical foundations, application and practice of student development and ethical standards for professionals in its basic documents and its primary objectives theory within the context of American higher higher education. (3 credits) within American colleges and universities. education. (3 credits) Students will survey and analyze the typical
6 HIED Internship with Embedded College Student Affairs Concentration Enrollment Management Concentration Capstone Experience Requirements: requirements: Internship provides students with an ongoing CONR Conflict Theory and Communication HIED Foundations of opportunity to apply what they are learning Designed to prepare professionals for the field of Enrollment Management C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N S to actual professional experience. A Capstone Experience is embedded in the Internship and is the culminating academic event for all higher education master s degree students. To meet the comprehensive requirements of the Internship, students participate in the Capstone Experience during the last semester of their degree. The Capstone Experience exhibition is created by students to demonstrate mastery of program learning outcomes. The Internship with the embedded Capstone Experience is assessed on a pass / pass with revisions / fail basis. (0 credits) conflict resolution. Provides advanced opportunities to analyze case studies, critique basic assumptions of conflict theories and role-play appropriate behavior in conflict scenarios. (3 credits) CONR Principals and Practice of Negotiation and Mediation Comprehensive study of the conceptual and interpersonal skills required to engage in effective negotiation and to serve as a mediator. Emphasis is placed on development of interest-based negotiation and mediation skills with strategies assisting parties in the creation of opportunities for agreement. (6 credits) CONR Managing Conflict in the Workplace Gain a historical overview of enrollment management, significant concepts related to the field, and professional foundations on which to build. (6 credits) HIED Approaches to Marketing, Recruitment and Selection Learn to develop an ethical and effective marketing and recruitment plan that will align well with the educational and enrollment goals of your institutions. (3 credits) HIED Enrollment Management: Student Services and Retention This course emphasizes the continuing nature of enrollment management once students enroll as freshmen. Gain a solid understanding of the Designed to prepare professionals for conflict importance of orientation, student services, resolution in the work environment. Provides advising, and student retention. (3 credits) opportunities to develop skills in identifying the signs and root causes of friction, anger, violence and conflict in the work environment. Analysis of case studies provides the framework for understanding sources of organizational conflict. (3 credits)
7 Professional Development Residency (required) The residency requirement for the higher education master s degree is a four-day professional development series on ACU s campus. The residency combines social and networking opportunities as well as professional development. The residency session is offered once a year during the summer. While some lunches are included in the cost of the program, students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, other meals and any additional costs. Optional Residency Programs Enrollment Management Certificate Residency If you elect to add the Enrollment Management certificate to complement your degree, you must attend a two-day residency at Disney Institute in Anaheim, California. During this residency, you ll have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of how to better connect with potential students and create a service-driven atmosphere at your institution. R E S I D E N C Y Attend a one-day course, Disney s Approach to Quality Service. Spend time as a group sharing perspectives and ideas with your peers. Conflict Resolution Certificate Residency If you elect to add the Conflict Resolution certificate to complement your degree, you must select one additional conflict resolution course and attend an additional five-day conflict resolution residency session, offered twice a year (January and June) at ACU. *Additional fees for optional residency programs apply, including a residency fee, airfare, hotel, dining and entertainment.
8 The strength of the faculty at ACU creates a program unlike any other. Faculty participate in research, are published, act as consultants to colleges and universities and actively participate in professional organizations. They bring vast experience to their classrooms and have a passion for teaching and learning. A C U F A C U L T Y Mark McCallon, Ed.D. Associate Dean, Library Services B.A., LeTourneau University, 1989; M.L.S., Texa s Women s University, 1991; Ed.D., Baylor University Corey Patterson Co-Director, Graduate Certificate in Enrollment Management; Managing Director, Online Programs B.S., Abilene Christian University 1993; M.A., Azusa Pacific University. Jason Morris, Ed.D. Associate Professor, Director, M.Ed. in Higher Education B.A., Pepperdine University, 1994; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1996; Ed.D., Texas Tech University, 2002.
9 Learning Outcomes This program is designed to provide learning that is both classroom-based and experiential, and that is intentional in its consideration and integration of the role of Christian faith in the work of an education professional. This program offers knowledge and competencies 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 Enrollment marketing Admissions strategies and recruitment Student orientation and advising Financial aid and tuition pricing What our students are saying L E A R N I N G O U T C O M E S According to a recent survey of ACU Master of Education students: 97% have applied the skills they learned to both their personal and professional lives 90% agree the faculty members were supportive throughout their studies 85% would recommend ACU to a friend or colleague
10 A D M I S S I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S To be admitted unconditionally to the Master of Education in Higher Education, you must: 1. Complete an online application 2. Pay an application fee of $50 3. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work 4. Complete a bachelor s degree from a regionally accredited university with an approximate B average or above Note: Applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted on a space-available basis; however, they are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. 5. Submit two recommendation forms that indicate support of readiness for graduate study 6. Submit a typed two-page statement of purpose 7. Submit a current resume Additional departmental reviews of such things as your transcripts, statement of purpose, recommendation forms and resume may occur. We are committed to ensuring that the program is right for you and you are right for the program. Note: Transfer credits are not accepted for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program. How to Apply To begin the application process, simply call an enrollment advisor, whose job is to: Counsel you and determine if the program suits your individual goals Guide you through the application process, ensuring you meet all deadlines Work with the Admissions Committee on your behalf Call: Ext (U.S. and Canada) Ext (International)
11 Master of Education in Higher Education Online Program Tuition, Fees and Expenses Below you will find the total tuition costs associated with our M.Ed. in Higher Education online degree program. Tuition (per credit hour) $726 Total Credit Hours 36 Application Fee $50 Resource Fee $275 Residency Fee 1 $500 Total Tuition Cost 2 $26,961 Note: Students are required to go through a pre-application interview before submitting an application for admission. 1 Please note that students will also incur airfare and hotel expenses related to their travel and stay during the residency. These expenses are contingent upon student s location as well as airfare and hotel rates at the time of scheduling travel arrangements. 2 Total based on current tuition rates, credit hours and fees as shown. In addition to tuition, students can anticipate spending $100-$200 per class for textbooks. Specific details on course materials will be provided prior to registration. T U I T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
12 I didn t think I would have a connection with my classmates in an online program, however, through regular discussions on the discussion boards and group work within the online program at ACU, I ve really built some genuine and authentic relations with other people who are also online. Alisha Tysor ( 11) M.Ed. in Higher Education
13 How do I qualify for the M.Ed. in Higher What financial aid options are available? When do I start the program? Education program? To qualify for the Higher Education program, you must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Please see the admission requirements for full details. Do I need to take the GRE or MAT? No, the GRE or other standardized tests are not required for entry into the Master of Education program. How long is the M.Ed. in Higher Education program? On average, the program may be completed in just under two years of part-time study. How much does the program cost? Total cost for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program is $26,961. Please see the tuition information page for a detailed list of tuition and fees. Federal financial aid may be available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information and to complete an online application, visit Students are always encouraged to seek tuition assistance from their employers first and coordinate the balance with financial aid. For some programs, we also accept VA benefits, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, as tuition payment. How do I apply? To apply for the Master of Education in Higher Education program, please contact an enrollment advisor who will assist you with the application process, provide you with all necessary materials and work with the Admission Committee on your behalf. To speak to an advisor, please call Ext (U.S. and Canada) or Ext (International). You may enter the program six times per year. We have two starting points during each semester fall, spring or summer. How much time is required in this program? This program is designed for working professionals who must keep up with the demands of work and home. Most students require hours of study per week. Your facilitator will help keep you on track. Students also find their small group of fellow students is a tremendous source of support. Will my diploma say online degree? No, you will receive the same degree, and your diploma is the same as students who study on campus. F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S
14 A B O U T A B I L E N E C H R I S T I A N U N I V E R S I T Y About the ACU Graduate School Since its founding in 1906, Abilene Christian University s mission has been to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. In pursuit of this mission, ACU provides an environment for graduate students where they can experience real relationships with both faculty and other students. Students have one-on-one time with faculty members who are interested in both academic and spiritual growth. This close-knit community with an emphasis on Christian faith is dedicated to developing an attitude of global service. The many degree programs offer exceptional educational experiences by combining innovative academic learning styles with practicality. The active Graduate Students Association serves the students by offering professional opportunities, including stipends for students who wish to attend or present work at various academic conferences. Ranking The Princeton Review named ACU as one of the Best in the West for For additional ranking information, please visit our website at highered.acu.edu. About ACU A private Christian university, ACU includes the Graduate School; the Graduate School of Theology; the School of Information Technology and Computing; the School of Social Work; the School of Nursing, and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Honors. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest. ACU s current enrollment is about 4,600, including 3,800 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students, generally from 47 states and territories and 43 nations. More than 245 full-time faculty members, 96 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to engaging students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth. Accreditation ACU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga or call for questions about the accreditation of ACU.
15 Jacob s Dream sculpture site at ACU Abilene Christian University has a strong reputation for academic excellence and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
16 Master of Education in Higher Education Abilene, Texas Ext (U.S. and Canada) Ext (International) highered.acu.edu MEDHE_BRO_04_28_2015_75529