Become an expert in how to spur change to meet college completion goals and improve equity in student postsecondary outcomes.  Learn to strengthen the role of higher education as well as create environments that are conducive to student success. The Higher Education program emphasizes urban issues and themes of equity and access in postsecondary education.

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Program Context

Public colleges and universities are increasingly being called upon by state and federal government to make significant improvements in retention and graduation rates. Simultaneously they are being asked to make significant cuts in spending, to find ever greater efficiencies in operations, and to comply with increasingly complex accountability and reporting requirements. At the same time, college and universities are finding that their undergraduate students are becoming both fewer in number and more diverse—the 21st century college student is more likely than ever to come from racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups who have been traditionally poorly served in mainstream higher education. In sum, colleges must find a way to be more effective at lower cost for students who require greater academic and social support.

The context in which colleges and universities operate today requires a highly professionalized and skilled administrative workforce. Administrators need to be innovative in using technology to generate efficiency in the planning, delivery, and assessment of education; skilled at using data to understand and address barriers to student success; able to think systemically and manage culture change; and disciplined about developing inclusive, equitable, and culturally responsive campus policies and practices.

Temple’s Higher Education program is the only one in the region with a core focus on issues of access and equity diffused throughout the curriculum.

Program Contact

Joseph Paris​, assistant professor, is the faculty contact for the Higher Education program.
Phone: 215-204-2810

Academic Program Changes Effective Fall 2020

Reflective of our commitment to continually improve learning opportunities for our students and to deliver programs that address discipline-based knowledge in a broad, diverse, and changing environment, the College of Education and Human Development has modified the program requirements for several academic programs. These changes, as approved by Temple's Board of Trustees, are effective for students beginning their program in Fall 2020 and beyond.  To ensure students can adequately plan their course of study, the college is posting the revised program requirements. This information will remain available on this site until the updated 2020-2021 Temple Bulletin is published in August 2020. 

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