February 28, 2019

College resurrects its doctorate in higher education program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s College of Education is working to bring one of its former doctoral programs back to the forefront.

The college’s doctoral degree in higher education is in the process of being renewed after being suspended for almost a decade. The deadline for students to apply is May 30.

Christine Kiracofe and Lisa Snodgrass, both professors in educational leadership and policy studies, are working to resurrect the program.

Kiracofe said work to renew the doctorate program has included updates to reflect the numerous advances that have taken place in the field during the past decade.

“The program now includes a study abroad component to give students international comparative education experiences, and an internship component which will be personalized to the student depending on their area of interest in higher education,” said Kiracofe, the doctorate program director.

The study abroad component for students will last 7-10 days, she said.

The doctoral degree was a regular offering from the College of Education until staffing issues prompted the decision to suspend the program.

The degree is intended to provide preparation for leadership in a broad range of higher education leadership roles. Coursework will be offered in a hybrid format that allows students from throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in real-time, online video classes.

Course topics for the degree include higher education administration as well as external political and policy environments, legal issues and the economics and finance of higher education.

The program will culminate with an internship experience offering students real-world experiences with practicing higher education professionals. 

Writer: Brian Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu 

Source: Christine Kiracofe, 765-496-6068, ckiracofe@purdue.edu

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