For those who want to be informed leaders, scholars and change-makers in urban higher education
The MEd in Urban Higher Education focuses on leadership in higher education and explores issues within the academy related to, and informed by, the urban context. Six key themes guide the program:
- Emphasis on the urban context, especially its specific opportunities and complex challenges
- Higher education needs to build and maintain equity and authentic diversity
- Everyone in the organization is a leader, change agent and advocate who contributes to the continued improvement and advancement of the institution
- Principled leadership and ethical behavior are the foundation for sound professional practice
- Teamwork and collaboration are crucial for continuous organizational improvement and advancement
- Best practice in higher education requires evidence-based and data-informed decision-making
Program themes and coursework build on current strengths of the college, particularly within the Educational Policy Studies (EDPS) department. Urban Higher Education's two areas of emphasis draw direct benefit from two of our award-winning programs: the EdD in Urban Education Leadership and the MEd in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA).
Faculty leadership and support
The Educational Policy Studies department’s Education Organization and Leadership and Social Foundations faculty, and the college’s MESA faculty have a long history of working with students interested in higher education topics, problems, and research. In 2018-2019, 92% of EDPS graduate level courses were taught by full time faculty or adjunct faculty with doctoral degrees and professional practice expertise. The MEd in Urban Higher Education program has a very similar teaching profile.