The graduate certificate program in institutional research is an 15-credit program designed to provide students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation. Enrolling in this program can greatly benefit in-career professionals, institutional researchers, graduate students, and persons employed in related fields. You can choose to take the courses for the certificate entirely online or take by traditional means at Penn State University Park. In addition, individual online courses will be open on a space-available basis to those who are seeking to upgrade their skills but do not wish to complete the entire certificate program.
Course List - Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research
|Foundations of Institutional Research||HIED 801||Explores concepts, methodologies and research practices that support campus decision making: national datasets, planning and budgeting, enrollment management and enrollment forecasting, faculty studies and instructional analysis, institutional effectiveness and accreditation, educational effectiveness and student outcomes assessment.||3 credits|
|Designing Institutional Research Studies||HIED 830||Teaches best practices and necessary skills in quantitative and qualitative research design, including sampling and basic measurement issues, research methods, survey research, interviews, focus groups, and selecting appropriate statistical tools.||3 credits|
|Higher Education Students and Clientele||HIED 556||Characteristics of higher postsecondary education students and other clientele; changes during postsecondary education years and during college; educational challenges and responses.||3 credits|
|Planning and Resource Management in Higher Education||HIED 810||Provides a working knowledge of strategic planning and resource management in higher education, especially in terms of pragmatic skills and decision-support tools relevant to institutional researchers.||3 credits|
|Assessing Student Outcomes and Evaluating Academic Programs||HIED 840||Examines institutional effectiveness: evaluating academic programs, assessing student learning outcomes, coping with accountability and accreditation demands. Assessment topics include studies of students' basic skills, general education, knowledge in the major, personal growth, and alumni studies.||3 credits|
|Administration Leadership in Higher Education||HIED 842||This course gives students an overview of administrative leadership within higher education institutions. Students learn about organizational structure, governance, leadership, decision-making, internal and external constituencies, culture, resources, and organizational change. Brief discussions of key organizational theories are included but the course primarily focuses on administrative practice.||3 credits|
|Analyzing Faculty Workload, Performance, and Compensation||HIED 850||Topics include measuring faculty workload, evaluating faculty research productivity, the uses and misuses of student ratings, assessment for promotion and tenure, and methodologies for conducting salary studies.||3 credits|
|Conducting Enrollment Management Studies||HIED 860||Studies the three stages of enrollment management: (1) Pre-admission (attracting, admitting, and enrolling students), (2) The Initial Student Experience (orientation, advisement, curricular access, and student support services), (3) Student Success (persistence, academic achievement, graduation, and employment).||3 credits|
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