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Department announces renewed doctorate program for regional college & university administrators

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies has announced revisions to the doctor of education degree, or Ed.D., in higher education administration to better serve the needs of current college and university professionals.

The new program is a revamp of KU’s existing Ed.D. program in higher education administration and is designed for professionals who wish to complete a degree program while continuing to work full time. The program, in existence for more than 20 years, has a strong history of graduating leaders in the field.

Beginning this year, the revised doctorate program will shift to a holistic admissions approach, no longer requiring Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, scores. The revised program also will only admit a new cohort of students each fall semester.

The revised program embraces a new blended schedule of on-campus and online classes for working administrators who can benefit from a more flexible schedule with which to complete coursework and degree requirements that can be completed in a three-year cycle. Face-to-face classes will meet four times per semester on Saturdays so not to interrupt a busy work week. This allows students to explore both the main campus in Lawrence as well as the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

The department will host two free online information sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the revised doctorate program. The live, online information sessions will be 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, and noon Wednesday, May 24.

To participate in one of the online information sessions, RSVP here.

“We are excited to extend our program’s reach to better serve this region’s network of higher education administrators and professionals,” said Lisa Wolf-Wendel, professor and associate dean for graduate programs and research. “We acknowledge that asking our students to make it to Lawrence more than once a week just wasn’t feasible, and we are grateful to be able to partner with the Edwards Campus for our class meetings.”

In addition to the structural changes, the program’s curriculum and doctoral student experiences have evolved to better prepare students for leadership roles at a variety of institutional types while focused on understanding, using and telling stories with institutional data.

More information about the Ed.D. in higher education administration can be found online.

“Our goal with these program revisions is to better serve mid-level professionals looking to advance their careers in higher education,” said Susan Twombly, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

The KU Edwards Campus, located at 127th Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park, brings high-quality academic programs, research and public service benefits of KU to the Greater Kansas City community in order to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies is housed in the KU School of Education in Lawrence. It is a nationally-ranked school serving educators to prepare them as leaders.  

10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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