MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy

MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy

Jeanine Breen

Breen, Jeanine

Program Assistant, School of Education and Social Policy


  • BS Speech, Northwestern University, 1990
Carla Cortes

Cortes, Carla

Senior Career Advisor

Sr. Career Advisor, MS in Higher Education Administration & Policy Program


  • MS, Higher Education Administration & Policy, Northwestern University , 2009
  • MA, Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1993
  • BA, Government, University of Notre Dame, 1985

Research Interests

Access to higher education for students from all backgrounds; strategies and policies to improve student retention and success. Change management, data-driven institutional strategy.  

Mark P. Hoffman

Hoffman, Mark P.

Senior Academic Advisor and Enrollment Manager


  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2009
  • MS, Iowa State University, 1990
  • BA, Colorado State University, 1987
Chris Neary

Neary, Chris

Instructional Design and Technology Consultant


  • PhD, Educational Leadership, Iowa State University, 2019
  • MA, Political Science, Iowa State University, 2015
  • BA, Journalism, Michigan State University, 2009
Lois Trautvetter

Trautvetter, Lois

Director, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Professor, School of Education and Social Policy


  • MS, Polymer Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA, Chemistry, College of Wooster
  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Engineering education research including retention and recruitment of female and underrepresented undergraduate students and faculty, interdisciplinary skills, contextual competence skills, and design and problem solving skills.
Faculty productivity, enhancing research and teaching, faculty motivation, enhancing faculty-student interaction, and new and junior faculty issues.
Student development research that includes holistic and spiritual development of undergraduates.
Gender issues, females in STEM disciplines.