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Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development Ph.D.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 70 to 72
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local national, and international contexts. Its research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. Students in the MA and PhD programs choose from one of five complementary but distinct program tracks: education policy and leadership (EPL), evaluation studies (ES), higher education (HiED), comparative and international development education (CIDE), and human resource development (HRD). Undergraduate programs focus on human resource development and business and marketing education. In addition, the department offers a variety of programs for practicing professionals and various licensure programs.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have completed appropriate undergraduate and graduate study. In some cases, where previous coursework or degrees are marginally related, otherwise qualified applicants will be asked to complete additional background courses after admission. Applications are encouraged from individuals who may have completed undergraduate and/or master's programs in social science, liberal arts, business, and education fields. The department offers study opportunities for professionals who are employed full-time, as well as for those who wish to pursue graduate studies full-time.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit scores from the General Test of the GRE, two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential, a complete set of academic transcripts, and a current résumé; as well as answer required essay questions via the University online application system. Unofficial GRE scores, transcripts, and TOEFL/IELTS score may be submitted via the online application for admission review purposes only. Admitted students must submit official GRE scores (as applicable), transcripts (sent directly from institution[s]), and TOEFL/IELTS scores (as applicable) to the University as a condition of any admission offer. The GRE is required for all tracks in the doctoral degree programs (Ed.D. and Ph.D.). International students must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. All applications for admission are reviewed once per year for Fall admission. Submission of all application materials for all tracks by December 1 is strongly encouraged to ensure priority consideration for assistantships awarded for the next academic year. All new students begin in fall semester unless special permission to start earlier is granted by the program coordinator.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
30 to 48 credits are required in the major.
0 to 18 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Credits required by the major vary by track. The PhD is available in five program tracks: education policy and leadership, evaluation studies, higher education, comparative and international development education, and human resource development. All PhD programs include 16 credits in department core courses (which include 15 credits of research methodology courses), 18 or more credits in program core courses, 12-14 credits program approved electives, and 24 thesis credits. The minimum total of course credits varies by track (see the student handbook on the department website for details). Preliminary written and oral exams are required. Students must complete a dissertation. Within the general framework for PhD requirements, the degree program is developed by the student and his or her advisor and is subject to approval by the department's director of Graduate Studies and the University.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Comparative and International Development Education
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a program emphasis in comparative and international development education (CIDE) is offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD). CIDE uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of education's role in economic, political, and sociocultural development; international educational exchange; and the internationalization of education. The two specializations within CIDE are comparative and international development education and intercultural/international education.
Department Core (16 cr)
Professional socialization seminar
Taken fall term of first year.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Research courses
Take OLPD 8015 spring term of first year.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
Quantitative course to be determined by student and adviser (3 cr in or outside of department)
Qualitative course to be determined by student and adviser (3 cr in or outside of department)
6 credits of additional methods courses to be determined by student and adviser (in or outside of department)
Doctoral Seminars in CIDE (6 cr)
Students take 6 credits; 2 credits in each of 3 semesters starting in the spring term of the first year in the program; course numbers are listed as OLPD 8121, section 002; OLPD 8121, section 003; and OLPD 8121, section 004.
Specialization Courses (6 cr minimum)
Students choose two courses, with a minimum of one 8xxx course for specializations. Any specialization core course not being used as core class can become a CIDE elective.
Comparative and International Development Education
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
OLPD 5103 - Comparative Education (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5104 - Strategies for International Development of Education Systems (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5121 - Educational Reform in International Context (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8101 - International Education and Development (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8103 - Comparative Education (3.0 cr)
Intercultural/international education
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
OLPD 5048 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5124 - Critical Issues in International Education and Educational Exchange (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5132 - Intercultural Education and Training: Theory and Application (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
CIDE Elective Courses (8 cr minimum)
OLPD 5044 - Introduction to the Economics of Education (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5056 - Case Studies for Policy Research (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5061 - Ethnographic Research Methods (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5080 - Special Topics: Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5095 - Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5107 - Gender, Education, and International Development (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5128 - Anthropology of Education (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8022 - Education and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8104 - Innovative Systems Thinking in Education and Culture (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives (3.0 cr)
Additional Coursework (12 cr minimum)
These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the CIDE track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have advisor approval.
Education Policy and Leadership
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a program emphasis in education policy and leadership (EPL) provides an opportunity for intensive study of the field of education. It is especially suitable for students who wish to pursue careers in policy, research, or college and university teaching. It is also available to students who are interested in careers in school, district, and statewide administration, though it is more theory and research-oriented than the doctorate of education (Ed.D.) degree, which is also offered by OLPD. Educational administration offers coursework and research opportunities for those interested in making a difference in educational systems and settings that involve PreK-12 children and youth. The program is committed to supporting the development of leaders and scholars who work to continuously improve educational quality and effectiveness so that young people graduate from secondary education well prepared to continue their learning and to contribute to their communities. The program promotes understanding of schools as organizations and emphasizes application of knowledge and research to varied contexts of educational practice.
Department Core (16 cr)
Professional socialization seminar
Taken fall term of first year.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Research courses
Take OLPD 8015 spring term of first year.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
3 credit quantitative course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
3 credit qualitative course (in or outside of department)in consultation with adviser
6 credits of additional methods courses in consultation with adviser
Program Core: Education Policy and Leadership (18 cr)
OLPD 5346 - Politics of Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8104 - Innovative Systems Thinking in Education and Culture (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives (3.0 cr)
Subgroup 1
Take OLPD 5001 if it is being offered or one of the two alternatives if OLPD 5001 is not being offered.
OLPD 5001 - Formal Organizations in Education (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5011 - Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
OLPD Electives (Minimum 3 cr)
Electives selected with approval of advisor.
Additional Coursework (12 cr minimum)
These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the EPL track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have adviser approval. Students who have successfully completed enrollment in the University of Minnesota's Principals Academy may use transfer credits to fulfill this requirement.
Evaluation Studies
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a program emphasis in evaluation studies (ES) provides an opportunity for intensive study of the techniques and process of evaluation and policy research and of the social and political context within which program evaluation occurs. Graduates leave with a portfolio filled with evidence of their expertise with the tools of the evaluation trade--qualitative and quantitative inquiry methods, communication skills, and computer database analysis experience. Evaluation knowledge and skills are gleaned not only from time in the classroom but also from internships and collaboration with evaluation professionals in real-world settings. Evaluation studies students have access to some of the best evaluators in the field.
Department Core (16 cr)
Taken fall term of first year.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Research Courses
Take OLPD 8015 spring term of first year.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
3 credit quantitative course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
3 credit qualitative course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
6 credits of additional methods courses in consultation with adviser
Program Core: Evaluation Studies (15 cr)
Student must take OLPD 8595 for 3 credits. Student must take OLPD 8596 twice in two different semesters for 3 credits each time.
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems (1.0-6.0 cr)
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship (1.0-9.0 cr)
Additional Coursework (17 cr minimum)
These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the ES track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have advisor approval.
Higher Education
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a program emphasis in higher education (HIED) provides an opportunity for intensive study of the policies and organizational issues in higher education institutions and systems. HIED focuses on the experiences, practices, and decisions of those involved in postsecondary education, as well as on the sociopolitical contexts in which higher education exists. Areas of specialization include administration and organization, policy, college students, external relations, equity-oriented change, and research integrity.
Department Core (16 cr)
Professional socialization seminar
Taken fall term of first year.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Research Design and Methods
Take OLPD 8015 spring term of first year.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
3 credit quantitative course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
3 credit qualitative course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
6 credits of additional methods courses in consultation with adviser
Program Core: Higher Education (12 cr)
OLPD 5701 - U.S. Higher Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5704 - College Students Today (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8702 - Administration and Leadership in Higher Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8703 - Public Policy in Higher Education (3.0 cr)
Electives (9 cr)
Focused on issues relevant to the HE track with advisor approval.
Additional Coursework (11 cr minimum)
These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the HE track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have advisor approval.
Human Resource Development
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a program emphasis in human resource development (HRD) is offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD). Students in HRD combine study and related experiences to develop, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge of the purposes, practices, issues, and problems of work and community education; social, economic, historical, political, cultural, educational, technological, and psychological contexts within which work and community education exist; and types of research that contribute to or apply that knowledge to the specialization.
Department Core (16 cr)
Professional socialization seminar
Taken fall term of first year.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Dept Research Courses
Take OLPD 8015 spring term of first year.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
3 credit quantitative foundations course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
3 credit qualitative foundations course (in or outside of department) in consultation with adviser
6 credits of additional methods courses in consultation with adviser
Specialization (9 cr)
Courses must have advisor approval.
One 8xxx level theory seminar (3 cr)
2 or 3 8xxx level seminars offered by various HRD faculty (2-3 credits each for a total of 6 cr)
Additional Research Courses (9 cr)
In addition to the research/methodology courses mentioned in the department core, the following are required for students in HRD: - 3 credit statistics course selected in consultation with advisor - The Capstone Research Experience Course(OLPD 8087) is offered every other year. When it is offered take six credits over two semesters, three credits to be taken in fall semester and three credits to be taken in spring semester. Is usually taken during the second year if student is full time.
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
Additional Coursework (14 cr minimum)
These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the HRD track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have advisor approval.
 
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OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction/planning for individual program development, preliminary examinations, and dissertation prospectus. Modes of inquiry used in current research in education, databases relating to education, recent writings on literature synthesis, key contributions to education literature. prereq: EdPA or WHRE doctoral student
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 5103 - Comparative Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of systems and philosophies of education globally with emphasis upon African, Asian, European, and North American nations. Foundations of comparative study with selected case studies.
OLPD 5104 - Strategies for International Development of Education Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Strategies for improving quality/efficiency of schooling in developing countries. Introduction to current research on what policy/programmatic interventions have proven most successful in increasing access, raising quality, and improving efficiency of education in developing countries. prereq: Grad student
OLPD 5121 - Educational Reform in International Context
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critical policy analysis of educational innovation and reform in selected countries. Use theoretical perspectives and a variety of policy analysis approaches to examine actual educational reforms and their implementation.
OLPD 8101 - International Education and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of international development in post-World War II era. Theories of how education affects economic, political, social development. Case studies of contemporary international development/education issues. prereq: Doctoral student or instr consent
OLPD 8103 - Comparative Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Doctoral-level course. History, methodologies, and major debates in the field of comparative education. Major research paper or extensive literature review.
OLPD 5048 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction to cultural variables of leadership that influence functioning of cross-cultural groups. Lectures, case studies, discussion, problem-solving, simulations. Intensive workshop.
OLPD 5124 - Critical Issues in International Education and Educational Exchange
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of comprehensive policy-oriented frameworks for international education; practices of U.S. and other universities; conceptual development of international education and its practical application to programs, to employment choices, and to pedagogy.
OLPD 5132 - Intercultural Education and Training: Theory and Application
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examination of intercultural education; formal and nonformal education programs intended to teach about cultural diversity, promote intercultural communication and interaction skills, and teach students from diverse background more effectively.
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topical issues.
OLPD 5044 - Introduction to the Economics of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Costs and economic benefits of education, with a focus on K-12; educational markets, prices, and production relationships; investment and cost-benefit analysis.
OLPD 5056 - Case Studies for Policy Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Qualitative case study research methods and their applications to educational policy and practice. Emphasis on designing studies that employ open-ended interviewing as primary data collection technique.
OLPD 5061 - Ethnographic Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice in aspects of field methodology below the level of full field study; detailed reading; analysis of studies in anthropology and education for methodological content.
OLPD 5080 - Special Topics: Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topical issues in organizational leadership, policy, development.
OLPD 5095 - Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Course or independent study on specific topic within department program emphasis.
OLPD 5107 - Gender, Education, and International Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Role of gender/gender relations in international development/education. Interdisciplinary body of literature from development studies, political science, economics, anthropology, cultural studies, gender/women's studies.
OLPD 5128 - Anthropology of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth/EdPA 5128
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Insights from educational anthropology for educators to address issues of culture, ethnicity, and power in schools.
OLPD 8022 - Education and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Anthropological/comparative perspectives used to understand educational processes in a globalized world. What can be gained by adopting translocal view of educational phenomena.
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topical issues.
OLPD 8104 - Innovative Systems Thinking in Education and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Critical aspects of historical/contemporary systems philosophy, thinking, and analysis. Development of concepts/skills applicable to understanding multiple dimensions of educational systems in diverse contexts. Implications for leadership and fostering organizational and systemic change.
OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policy issues in education. Historical, international, political, research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming U.S. public schools.
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction/planning for individual program development, preliminary examinations, and dissertation prospectus. Modes of inquiry used in current research in education, databases relating to education, recent writings on literature synthesis, key contributions to education literature. prereq: EdPA or WHRE doctoral student
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 5346 - Politics of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Political dimensions of policy formulation/implementation in education. Use of power/influence in shaping educational policies and in resolving conflicts over educational issues. Analysis of consequences/cross-impacts. prereq: postbac, MEd, or grad student
OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Leadership theory. Emphasizes seminal scholars' work from related social science disciplines. Implications of theory for practice of leadership. Knowledge, behaviors, values, and skills needed in educational and other public settings.
OLPD 8104 - Innovative Systems Thinking in Education and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Critical aspects of historical/contemporary systems philosophy, thinking, and analysis. Development of concepts/skills applicable to understanding multiple dimensions of educational systems in diverse contexts. Implications for leadership and fostering organizational and systemic change.
OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policy issues in education. Historical, international, political, research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming U.S. public schools.
OLPD 5001 - Formal Organizations in Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Classical/current theories of organizations. Applications to education and related fields.
OLPD 5011 - Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
How theory is incorporated, affects the change process, and can improve schools/institutions of higher education. Characteristics that impact change processes/outcomes. Leadership/policy effects.
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction/planning for individual program development, preliminary examinations, and dissertation prospectus. Modes of inquiry used in current research in education, databases relating to education, recent writings on literature synthesis, key contributions to education literature. prereq: EdPA or WHRE doctoral student
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts, approaches, models, and theoretical frameworks for program evaluation that have developed since the 1960s. prereq: 5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243
OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 8595/EPsy 8295
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study of an issue in theory or practice of program evaluation. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on experience in conducting program evaluation in real-world setting under supervision of evaluation professional. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction/planning for individual program development, preliminary examinations, and dissertation prospectus. Modes of inquiry used in current research in education, databases relating to education, recent writings on literature synthesis, key contributions to education literature. prereq: EdPA or WHRE doctoral student
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 5701 - U.S. Higher Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
U.S. higher/postsecondary education in historical/contemporary perspective. Emphasizes structure, history, and purposes of system as a whole.
OLPD 5704 - College Students Today
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EDPA 5704/EPSY 5451
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Issues involving population of students in colleges/universities. College student development theory, students' expectations/interests. How college affects student outcomes. Role of curricular/extracurricular activities. Student-faculty interaction.
OLPD 8702 - Administration and Leadership in Higher Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Leadership, governance, and administration in higher education through theoretical perspectives and practical analysis. Planning, change, decision making, organizational culture, budgets, conflict. prereq: [5001 or EDPA 5001], [5701 or EDPA 5701]
OLPD 8703 - Public Policy in Higher Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, analytic methods, and critical issues in postsecondary education policy at national/state levels. Equality of educational opportunity, affirmative action, system governance/coordination, research funding, student financial aid, public accountability. prereq: [5001 or EDPA 5001], [5701 or EDPA 5701]
OLPD 8011 - Doctoral Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction/planning for individual program development, preliminary examinations, and dissertation prospectus. Modes of inquiry used in current research in education, databases relating to education, recent writings on literature synthesis, key contributions to education literature. prereq: EdPA or WHRE doctoral student
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topical issues.