Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education

Higher Education — Penn State College of Education

The mission of the Higher Education program is to prepare individuals for researching, analyzing, and managing the critical problems in postsecondary education.

Mission

To prepare individuals for researching, analyzing and managing the critical problems in postsecondary education.

Student listening in class Our graduates hold positions as:

  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Faculty Members
  • College Presidents
  • Staff Officers in Colleges and Universities
  • Staff Officers in Public and Private Agencies & Associations

Overview

The Higher Education Program is located in the Department of Education Policy Studies within the College of Education, at The Pennsylvania State University. Its primary goal is the preparation of individuals who are capable of researching, analyzing, and managing the critical problems in postsecondary education. The Program uses the knowledge of several related disciplines to study postsecondary education systematically, and then applies this learning to the professional challenges faced by researchers and practitioners in the field.

Graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, including positions as administrators, researchers, faculty members, and staff officers in colleges and universities or in public and private agencies and association. Positions of graduates range, for example, from Director of The ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, to a faculty member in the University of Michigan's Higher Education Program, to Chair of the Educational Leadership Department at Florida State University. Our graduates are college presidents, top administrators in state-wide coordinating agencies, and vice presidents and deans of colleges and universities. Others are involved in national foundations and associations. Additionally, publication activity of our graduates is noteworthy and extensive, and several are leading scholars in areas of higher education.

That our graduates are so highly placed is due, at least in part, to the emphasis of the Program on providing a variety of opportunities for students to work with faculty and other professional staff at the University. A close association exists between the Program and the research-oriented Center for the Study of Higher Education, also located in Rackley Building.


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