FAYETTE, Iowa (August 2, 2011)—Nine students were the first to graduate from Upper Iowa University’s Master’s of Higher Education Administration (MHEA) degree program this year. One student, Teri Walker, completed her studies in December 2010 but chose to be hooded and receive her degree along with fellow members of the cohort at the formal end-of-the-year commencement ceremony on the Fayette campus.
In 2008 UIU received approved for its MHEA degree and launched the graduate program on the Fayette campus, at the UIU center in Madison, Wis., and through Upper Iowa’s online program. The MHEA degree program is designed to prepare professionals from various academic backgrounds for leadership positions in higher education or related fields.
The MHEA program offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree emphasis in community and technical college administration or in leadership. Graeme Armstrong, assistant professor of education and the University MHEA coordinator, says the two emphases are complementary but distinct. “Skills and competence in specific educational administration areas are developed through individual and group assignments that combine theory with practical examples. Learners apply relevant theories to real-world higher education case study scenarios based on the selected emphasis area,” he added.
“It is especially pleasing to see so many students in this first graduating class of the MHEA program,” Armstrong said. “Our enrollment in the program continues to grow, and we can look forward to many more successful students like these integrating the skills and knowledge gained from the MHEA coursework into their roles as professional educators.”
UIU’s first MHEA cohort includes the following: Jamie Coberly, [DeForest, WI]; Elizabeth Matthews, [Angier, NC]; Freddie Northern, [Cedar Rapids, IA]; Nicole Peton, [Des Moines, IA]; Dana Siems, [Urbana, IA]; Connie Smith, [Cedar Falls, IA]; Nadine Tiedt, [Sumner, IA]; Teri Walker, [Des Moines, IA]; and Amanda Yarolim, [Fayette, IA].
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to nearly 6,800 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.