BW Adds Distinctive Leadership in Higher Education Master's Program

January 1, 2010

The Leadership in Higher Education (LHE) is a new master's degree being offered this fall at Baldwin Wallace University.  A distinctive and engaging initiative, this program makes BW the only private college in Ohio to integrate student affairs and academic affairs in a master's degree focused on leadership in higher education.

This Master of Arts in Education degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.  The program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework and 16 credit hours of supervised professional-level internships.  It is designed for individuals who are recent college graduates, who are working professionals in the field of higher education, or who are degreed individuals seeking a career transition to higher education.

Through its distinctive combination of student affairs and academic affairs, the LHE program focuses on the areas of student/adult development, ethical leadership, funding/finance in higher education, diversity, student outcomes, history/philosophy of higher education, research methods and career preparation.  In addition, LHE students explore topics such as assessment of educational environments, technology in education, counseling theory and practice, teaching and learning in higher education, staffing and development, and marketing.

According to Karen Kaye, Ph.D., chairperson of the Division of Education, "Unique to the Leadership in Higher Education program at BW is the role of senior college leadership in developing and delivering curriculum and internships that are designed to develop leaders who recognize the synergies gained in integrating the normally 'siloed' areas of Administration, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs."