Higher Education and Policy Administration Program Gains New Degree

Higher Education and Policy Administration Program Gains New Degree

Higher Education Program
Starting in fall 2011, the School of Education and Social Policy will offer a master of science degree in higher education administration and policy. Presently the School offers a concentration in higher education administration and policy within its Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program. The MSEd program also offers concentrations in elementary, secondary and advanced teaching, as well as certificates in math, science, literacy and gifted education.

“Both Higher Education and the current Teacher Education concentrations within the MSEd program are high-quality, very successful programs with increasing enrollments and top-quality graduate students. Separating the programs allows us to focus attention and resources strategically to benefit each program,” says Penelope Peterson, dean of the School of Education and Social Policy.

Lois Trautvetter
Assistant professor Lois Trautvetter, who currently leads the higher education concentration as associate director of the MSEd program, will become director of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy program. Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon will continue as director of the Master of Science in Education program.

Transition planning will occur during spring and summer quarters of the 2010-11 academic year.

“I am thrilled that Northwestern University and the School of Education and Social Policy see potential growth in providing this new master’s degree program. Our goal is to prepare skilled and reflective leaders in administrative positions at colleges and universities as well as government agencies and private, nonprofit organizations concerned with higher education. I look forward to continue working with outstanding faculty, alums and graduate students with diverse perspectives and experiences,” Trautvetter says.

“We make this exciting change to support the continued growth of both programs,” notes Peterson, who acknowledges the endorsement of the 2010-11 SESP Faculty Executive Committee. Its members include Emma Adam, Carol Lee, David Rapp, Jim Spillane, Reed Stevens (Chair) and Uri Wilensky. 

“We also appreciate the excellent work and continued commitment of key faculty who comprise the Higher Education advisory board, including Grier Davis, Elizabeth Hayford, Jake Julia, Gregory Light, and Eugene Lowe. Finally, we congratulate both Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon and Lois Trautvetter for cultivating a talented group of higher education students and faculty and establishing the strong foundation on which we can now build this new Higher Education degree program,” Peterson adds.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/12/11