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College of Education to offer Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Penn State's College of Education will collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs to offer a master's degree in higher education and student affairs.

UNIVERSITY PARK — David Monk, dean of the College of Education, and Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, have announced a new partnership between the College of Education and the Office of Student Affairs to provide a scholar-practitioner-focused higher education master’s degree program.

The two‐year program will stress the importance of research that engages problems of practice, as well as the analysis of evidence that is the basis of high‐quality professional work in student affairs. Graduates of this new program at Penn State will enjoy a comparative advantage in the job market given the program's emphasis on problem solving using evidence‐based practices and innovations.

The Higher Education Student Affairs program will follow the successful partnership model the college has developed with the State College Area School District to form the Professional Development School. In operation for 15 years, the PDS follows the premise that both Penn State faculty members and professionals in area schools bring useful and relevant perspective to the partnership. In this master’s degree program, personnel from the College of Education and Student Affairs will be full partners in the delivery of the program.

Two program coordinators will oversee the program — College of Education Associate Dean Jacqueline Edmondson and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Philip Burlingame. Members of the new program’s faculty will come from the College of Education, Student Affairs, and other related units. All these faculty members will have graduate faculty status.

-- by Andy Elder (January 2013)