The Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy offers a
concentration in Education Research, Assessment, and Program Evaluation. This concentration is intended to meet the burgeoning demands for professional staff and leaders in educational organizations focused on data-driven decision making, program evaluation, assessment and testing, and teacher or faculty pedagogical development.
In the global, knowledge society, educational access, equity, and effectiveness are emerging as the critical drivers of economic development. In postsecondary as well as primary and secondary education, policymakers in the U.S. and across the globe are focusing their sights on costs and student learning outcomes. Education policies in the US and other countries require that school leaders monitor student academic performance and undertake interventions to improve it.
Voluntary accrediting associations in the postsecondary sector are increasingly adopting outcomes-based standards. These developments constitute a paradigm shift in our conception of schooling: The proverbial educational “black box” is yielding to a data-driven, feedback assisted model of instruction and student development.
The program focuses on developing organizational capacity to generate and use data in the instructional, policy and decision making processes so that education leaders can meet the growing challenges of fostering education equity and quality.
The concentration in Education Research, Assessment, and Program Evaluation
within the Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy will
produce graduates who can conduct research and provide leadership nationally and internationally in the area of research. It seeks to produce a range of competencies, including the ability to:
- Implement an academic or applied research program from start to completion.
- Assess the effectiveness of educational policies, practices, and programs.
- Integrate research findings into practical initiatives designed to improve the performance of students and organizations.