Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL)

State
Colorado
Academic Level
Graduate
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Females/Latinas,
Males/Latinos

Overview

The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program prepares higher education professionals to manage and lead in institutions of higher education, especially Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and to enhance the success of the students they serve.  The HEAL program provides high-quality courses that are rigorous, transferable, and reasonably priced. The program aims to increase Latinos/as obtaining a post-secondary degree or certificate, increase Latinos/as leaders in institutions of higher education, and develop leaders that are knowledgeable of the needs of Latinos/as and HSIs.

Program Description

The HEAL program combines academic coursework with hands-on practice at their home institution. They provide their students with a financial aid packet and holistic advising approach to best recruit and retain their students.  The program helps prepare the next generation of leaders for the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions. The program serves future leaders who are already employed at entry and mid-level positions in a higher education institution and offers students a rigorous course of study that combines online instruction with face-to-face residencies. Once students complete the program, they will be able to recognize and apply leadership principles, analyze and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data, and effectively step in when decision-making and problem-solving. 

Outcome

  • Increase in Latinos/as pursuing a post-graduate credential: As of 2020, 54% of HEAL graduates are Latino/a, with the current and incoming cohort being 90% Latino/a.
  • Increase the number of Latino/a leaders: Many of HEAL alumni have been promoted at their institution or have moved to a higher-level position at another institution. Several of their alumni have also have gone on to pursue a doctoral or law degree.