Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL)

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The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) online 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 mission works with the mission and goals of Adams State University and the Office of Graduate Studies. The master’s in Higher Education and Administration and Leadership program provides high-quality courses that are rigorous and transferable at the graduate level at a reasonable price.

Program Description

The HEAL program helps prepare the next generation of leaders for the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions. The program serves the needs of 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 and mixes conventional academic coursework with hands-on practice at their home institution.

HEAL graduate students will be able to recognize and apply leadership principles, consistent, identification of potential leaders, and delegation and trust in others by inspiring confidence, securing group action, and showing productivity in accomplishing goals and objectives. Additionally, students will learn to analyze and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data for continuous improvement including essential and effective steps in the decision-making and problem-solving process for individuals and organizations


Among the cohorts that have graduated, more than 87% are satisfied or strongly satisfied with the program overall and Latino/as account for 60% of total enrollment. Overall, persistence and graduation rates are at 81%, with Latino/as accounting for 62%.

HEAL students have won national awards, including NASPA Region IV West, Graduate Rising Star, and the Kika de la Garza Fellowship program.