The Benedictine University Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change (Ed.D.) program is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths in the administrative side of higher education. Studies emphasize leadership for educational and organizational improvement.
The online Doctor of Education program provides both the perspective and the tools to anticipate and lead change in post-secondary education. Coursework is topical in nature, interdisciplinary in focus and grounded in an inquiry-driven methodology characterized by critical thinking, analysis and self-reflection.
This online doctoral program readies students for the rigors and challenges of developing and implementing strategic plans, improving learning, managing resources, leading personnel, implementing policy and orchestrating change within a higher education organization. A dissertation is required for graduation.
During the first year of the program, students complete foundational courses providing a strong knowledge base in the principles and practices of doctoral study, higher education and organizational change. Topics include research methods for educational inquiry, the history and development of higher education in the United States, concepts and processes in change management and institutional planning.
In the second year, study advances to current issues in student services, curriculum, teaching, learning and resource management. The major theme is leading organizations through constructive change. Other areas of study include emerging technologies and best practices in post-secondary education. Students also start dissertation preparation and research, which continues throughout the rest of the program.
By the third year, students are actively engaged in completing a dissertation. Related to the student's specialized interests, the study is expected to constitute a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of post-secondary education. Candidates are expected to relate this knowledge to the theories, concepts and methodologies of their study in organizational development, and include implications for further research and theory development. The dissertation is presented and defended at the final oral defense.
Other third-year courses cover budgeting and resource allocation for organizations as well as human resource management topic related to higher education, including how to attract top talent and tenure reviews.
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