Webinar Highlights New Higher Ed Graduate Certificate

Webinar Highlights New Higher Ed Graduate Certificate

By Julie Deardorff
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During a free lunchtime webinar, Northwestern University administrator and faculty member Jake Julia will discuss effective leadership in higher education and the benefits of pursuing the school’s new Higher Education Administration Graduate Certificate. The webinar is at 11:30 a.m. CDT on August 2.

Offered through the School of Education and Social Policy, the graduate certificate features blended learning to accommodate educational professionals who work full-time and need flexibility to expand their skills, grow their network and pursue graduate level course work.

The program is distinct because it includes a strong connection between theory and practice, a broad curriculum and a flexible schedule. Certificate participants also can eventually pursue a master’s degree, with the courses counting towards the degree.

Julia, associate vice president for change management and associate provost for academic initiatives, teaches his popular budget and finance course in the certificate program and the traditional higher education master’s program.

“I’m an example of someone working on the ground, bridging theory and practice,” said Julia. “Budget and finance, for example, is not just debits and credits. It’s, ‘where do our resources come from and how do we prioritize? How do we think creatively about the resources supporting our educational mission?’”

In the webinar, Julia will also discuss the role of strategic planning as it relates to budgets and finance because “planning without resources is just hope,” he said. “You have to be nimble as well. It’s great to have a plan and identify priorities, but when do you make exceptions to your plan and why?”

The certificate program involves five core courses on an alternative schedule. Students attend two face-to-face weekend meetings on the Evanston campus; the remaining class sessions are held virtually.

In addition to learning how to communicate effectively about budget and finance issues, students will delve into U.S. higher education issues, the minds of today’s college students and how learning and teaching relations to higher education administration.

The certificate is offered by SESP’s Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program with courses based on the existing master’s degree curriculum. It targets individuals with at least three years of experience in higher education and fills a gap in educational services for this population, director Lois Trautvetter said.

 “We’re building on our master’s program’s great reputation,” Trautvetter said. “We’re seeking those who are looking to expand their knowledge of the higher education community and the role of various stakeholders, which could include faculty members aspiring to be chairs or hold other administration roles, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members.”

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Webinar registration is available online or by emailing ms-highered@northwestern.edu.

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