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EDL 701 History and Administration of Small Colleges 3 cr.
This overview course will cover the history and administration of higher and postsecondary education in the United States. The focus will be on the last half of the twentieth century and the current status in early twenty-first century. Topics include the background of higher and postsecondary education, the changes that have taken place over the last century, the relationship to the United States government and regulatory bodies, and the influence of societal factors. Students will also explore the economic, political, and social changes that are transforming the nature and structure of higher education. Students will examine leadership in their own and contemporary sites of education, through the lens of adult learning history, including marginalized communities and diverse cultures. Using case studies, students will be encouraged to place their current institutions in an historical and societal context.

EDL 715 Research Methods I: Qualitative 3 cr.
This doctoral level course is an introduction to qualitative research methods by emphasizing research design and the analysis of data gathered by a variety of methods, such as interview, observation, and document review. The focus of the course is on the identification and creation of research problems, the development of designs, actual data collection, and analysis procedures to address those problems. Participants will examine how to transform professional experiences into research activities that address topics of educational importance. Activities supporting this learning include constructing a researchable question, designing a research proposal, and practicing with data collection methods.

EDL 726 Organizational Management in Higher Education 3 cr.
This course is a comprehensive survey of the dynamics of behavior and management in higher education organizations. It examines individual and group behavior, motivation, leadership styles, ethics, innovation, conflict, organizational culture, and the process of managing change in higher education organizations. Historical perspectives will be compared with current issues in the fields of education. Through classroom discussion, research papers, case studies, and personal experience and reflection, the course emphasizes an analytical and practical approach to the subject.

EDL 732 Creativity and Leadership in Challenging Times 3 cr.
This course outlines the challenges leaders in higher education must face: accountability, autonomy, governance, resources, multiple stakeholders and interest groups, enrollments, capacity, the tension between centralization and decentralization, ambiguity and multiple interpretations of mission and purpose. One role of a leader in challenging times is to make sense of the challenges through providing a frame – or multiple frames – of reference; providing a more comprehensive understanding of the challenge and what is possible.

EDL 733 Thought Leaders & Critical Issues in Higher Education, 3 cr.
This course offers in-depth analysis of prevalent issues affecting higher education as illustrated in higher education literature.  It is a doctoral level seminar with an emphasis on reading topical issues by current thought leaders in the field. Students will be expected to stay current with issues, understand the background and historical foundation of the issues as well as develop the ability for concise oral and written articulation of the issues.  This course will include discussions, reports, and integration of knowledge from experience and other coursework in leadership and higher education.

EDL 735 Research Methods II: Quantitative 3 cr.
This doctoral level course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the basic goals, concepts, and methodology of quantitative research, and an understanding of the computation and application of descriptive and inferential techniques. Students will also improve their ability to critically evaluate published research.

EDL 740 Inquiry in Higher Education 3 cr.
This advanced doctoral level course is designed to give students the opportunity to discuss, expand, and apply what has been learned in other courses concerning inquiry in higher education. The course topics focus upon providing information for decision support through such activities as applied research, assessment, institutional research, and planning. The primary goal of the course is to prepare students to assess or supervise the assessment of programs, services, facilities, student outcomes, etc.; to identify information needs and obtain pertinent and accurate information that will assist in the decision-making process; to design and implement applied research and assessment tools to analyze, synthesize, and interpret information from multiple sources; to communicate information to others and to apply relevant information to the processes of supervision, program development, policy formation, budgeting, etc.

EDL 746 Finance, Budget, and Operations 3 cr.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the financial operations process within private colleges and universities. The financial statements will be examined in depth in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Students will develop skills and strategies for interpreting financial statements and other publicly available data to evaluate the performance of an institution. Additionally, students will examine external reporting requirements and IRS compliance initiatives. Access to capital markets and other debt strategies will be examined, and students will learn to develop debt strategies appropriate to the institution.
Students will learn how to develop a financial model to link strategic planning to the budgeting process to assure allocation of resources that meets the institution’s current and long-term needs. The course also examines other key areas within the financial area, including human resource management, fundraising, and risk management.

EDL 752 Research Methods III: Mixed Methods, 3 cr.
This course is an advanced seminar on what is usually called “mixed method” research—research that combines qualitative and quantitative approaches. The seminar will deal with advanced topics, and will provide doctoral students with guidance in integrating qualitative and quantitative methods and perspectives of their dissertation study.  The course focuses on both conceptual issues surrounding the use of mixed methods in social science research and analysis of data using mixed methods. Instructors will either supply students with data from national sources or students will use their own research data they are collecting for their dissertation study. Although the course will involve scrutiny of published research throughout, students are expected to develop skills in mixed-method research by engaging in actual analysis of data using mixed methods. Thus, the course will blend conceptualization, design, and analysis.

EDL 753 Research Methods IV: Issues in Research, 3 cr.
This doctoral seminar course is designed for novice researchers engaged in dissertation research.  Drawing on student experiences and questions from their current research, the course is designed to focus on the practical “how-to” as well as the complex ontological, epistemological, methodological, and ethical issues inherent in field work, analysis and report writing.  Topics may include: research paradigms, philosophical approaches, access, ethics, analysis, and trustworthiness.

EDL 771 A & B Administrative Apprenticeship Directed Study, 6 cr.
The administrative apprenticeship provides students at Endicott College with professionally supervised, consistent and comprehensive exposure to the roles and functions of a wide variety of administrative offices in higher education. The apprenticeship is structured to introduce participants to contemporary administrative issues, problems, and practices in higher education and to refine leadership skills and competencies. The apprenticeship provides students with first-hand experience from which they can become better informed regarding the diversity and complexity of administrative functions and leadership roles in small colleges. It offers students opportunities to construct from theoretical, research, and practical knowledge their own conceptual frameworks for understanding how small colleges and universities work. This course provides a structure that allows students to engage in administrative responsibilities under continuous supervision. This 6 credit course will be two semesters long and have a minimum of 224 hours of apprenticeship, which will be documented by the student and submitted at the end of the class with the remaining course requirements. Students will work out the logistics with the respective colleges and will have them approved by their Directed Study Faculty and the Director of the Ed.D. program.

EDL 755 Dissertation Proposal 6 cr.
This course is designed to assist students in developing a dissertation proposal. Students will identify their research interests and formulate a clearly defined research question(s) and methodology. Students will conduct a thorough literature review of relevant and current research. At the completion of this course, students will be prepared to conduct research that has social relevance and integrity.

EDL 760 Student Development: History and Issues 3 cr.
Students will examine the field of college student development from historical, philosophical and managerial perspectives. Students will explore the changing demographics of the modern student and its impact on student development operations. Students will examine major student development theories applicable to higher education. This examination will focus on ethical standards, legal issues, campus safety practices as well as the development and management of student development programming. Finally, students will discuss the various professional roles and responsibilities of student development professionals.

EDL 762 Leading in a Technological World 3 cr.
Higher Education leaders are faced with the implication of understanding the constant changing technologies and trends while making the right decisions for their institutions for competitive advantage, growth and retention. At the same time, leaders are faced with making sure the internal organizational structure can accommodate and support these technologies. This course provides the foundations of understanding, planning, organizing and executing the selection of technologies specific to higher education. The course will provide an overview of techniques and skills that can be applied to technology selection in such areas as: organizational complexity, integrated work processes, risk management, change management; and innovation.

EDL 764 Theories and Practice in Academic Leadership 3 cr.
An overview of the key academic issues in 21st century higher education. This course examines a range of topics including twenty-first century challenges and essential learning outcomes, curriculum trends and development, best practices in teaching and learning, planning and assessment strategies, and global competencies.

EDL 768 Teaching, Learning and Institutional Culture in Higher Education 3 cr.
This course will focus on current trends in supporting faculty work in higher education, including work life and the faculty roles of research, service, and teaching. Emphasis will be on the teaching and learning mission of higher education. While the material is applicable to all institutions of higher education, emphasis will be on faculty development in small colleges. Students will read key articles and works on the theoretical bases of professional development and research and read on the current, innovative trends in the field.

EDL 782 Dissertation Study 0 cr.
This course is designed to provide guidance, support, and mentoring to the Ed.D. degree candidate throughout the dissertation process. The course will involve a comprehensive and detailed review of the process of implementing the approved dissertation proposal, including preparation and planning, identification/development of data-gathering instruments, strategies for ensuring standards for reliability and validity of the research study, strategies for data analysis and interpretation, and protocols of dissertation research writing.

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