Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL)

Adams State University
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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. Its mission works with the mission and goals of Adams State University and the Graduate School. The HEAL program provides high quality courses that are rigorous, transferable at the graduate level, and reasonably priced.

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. 


  • Increase in Latino/as pursing a post-graduate credential in HEAL: since inception, Latino/as comprise 54% of HEAL graduates. The current cohort is 90% Latino/a. The incoming cohort is also 90% Latino/a.
  • Increase in the number of Latino/a leaders. HEAL graduates have seen much success in their careers. Several have gone on to doctoral programs and law school. A significant percentage have been promoted at their current institutions or moved to higher level positions at other institutions. Several have gone into other sectors such as nonprofit leadership. 

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