Introduction to Higher Education Administration

Course Description

New and prospective higher education administrators face a unique set of challenges in navigating leadership. This introductory course provides an overview of charting your course and meeting those challenges. We will cover faculty governance and transitioning to administrative governance, institutional research, and advances in ed-tech. This foundational course provides higher education leaders with insight to think more strategically, balance competing demands and multidimensional landscapes that influence and drive higher education governance

Course Outcomes

  • How to navigate the transition from faculty to administrator
  • Learn the different models of governance
  • Understanding strategic planning and assessment
  • Gain skill in how to use institutional research effectively

 Overview of the Course

  • Module 1 Transitioning from Faculty to Administrator: explores the critical steps faculty need to make the transition from a faculty to an administrator role and the skills that are needed to be successful there.
  • Module 2 Reactive vs. Proactive Strategic Planning in Higher Ed: explores the importance of strategic planning for institutions and the tools Higher Education Administrators need to plan for the future of their program.
  • Module 3 Pathways to Organizational Stability with Institutional Research (IE): has its roots in quality management and has to do with using data to assess, analyze and improve institutional data for improved programmatic and student outcomes.  
  • Module 4 Bringing it Together with Continuing Collaboration and Exploration: This module wraps up important topics on mentorship, upskilling, networking, and improving institutional research and strategic planning as the faculty member transitions into their higher ed administrator role.

Higher Education Administration Syllabus

 The Center for Higher Education Mission Statement

The Center for Higher Education Leadership (CHEL) was formed to provide academic leaders with information and a supportive community for improving management and leadership skills in an environment of changing demographics, financial challenges, and advances in educational technology.

  • 1 - Module 1: The Transition from Faculty to Administrator
  • 2 - Module 2: Reactive vs. Proactive: Strategic Planning in Higher Ed
  • 3 - Module 3 Self Paced: Pathways to Organizational Stability with Institutional Research
  • 4 - Module 4 Self Paced: Bringing it Together: Continuing Collaboration and Exploration

Joan Joan

Santi Santi

Mika Baretta Mika Baretta

Lance Kyle Bennett Lance Kyle Bennett

Paula Brantner Paula Brantner

Paula Brantner Paula Brantner

Lara Campbell Lara Campbell

Tammy Dieterich Tammy Dieterich

Dawn DiPeri Dawn DiPeri

Schnaude Dorizan Schnaude Dorizan

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca Oya Dursun-Ozkanca

Thomas Horvath Thomas Horvath

Debe Mack Debe Mack

David McCool David McCool

Richard Nelson Richard Nelson

Amaia Ojer Amaia Ojer

Elizabeth Osika Elizabeth Osika

James Pacello James Pacello

Christopher Parker Christopher Parker

Dianne Pinderhughes Dianne Pinderhughes

Amy Rapp Amy Rapp

Leila Ricci Leila Ricci

Leila Ricci Leila Ricci

Todd Rosenstiel Todd Rosenstiel

Issy Rush Issy Rush

Ed Sawyer Ed Sawyer

Jacob Smith Jacob Smith

Rogers Smith Rogers Smith

David Snyder David Snyder


Terri Givens
Dr. Givens