FAYETTE, Iowa (October 10, 2012) — Upper Iowa University has added a Student Affairs track to its successful Masters of Higher Education Administration (MHEA) program.
UIU initially launched the MHEA degree program in 2008, and saw its first cohort of graduates in 2011. The MHEA is designed to prepare leaders for higher education institutions.
"Our program initially focused on the emphasis area of Leadership and Community and Technical College Administration," said Dr. Graeme Armstrong, assistant professor of education and MHEA program chair. "This new area is designed for administrators who are entering or moving upward in careers related to student services and student affairs, such as academic advising, residence life, Greek life, religious life, campus services, career counseling, tutoring and mentoring."
Armstrong said students in the Student Affairs emphasis will take coursework in student development theory, teaching, advising, retaining adult learners, multicultural issues in higher education, and student affairs practices in higher education.
"Colleges and universities are putting greater emphasis every year on enhancing this cadre of student services, not only for their residential students, but for commuter students and adult learners as well," Armstrong added. "Even online students can benefit greatly from such activities as academic advising, tutoring, mentoring and career counseling. As the significance of these co-curricular and student services increases in higher education, so does the demand for stronger professionals in the field. The MHEA Student Affairs emphasis at Upper Iowa University can provide that preparation."
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 about 6,200 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.
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