For leaders, scholars and changemakers in urban higher education institutions

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:

  • The urban context is key and underscores an emphasis on specific opportunities and complex challenges
  • Building and maintaining equity and authentic diversity in higher education is essential
  • 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 of Education, particularly within the Educational Policy Studies (EDPS) department. The program's two areas of emphasis draw direct benefit from the College's award-winning Urban Education Leadership program, and its well-established Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) program.

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.

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