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University of Houston - Clear Lake
Doctoral program announces Higher Ed specialization
News Release
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education announced that its Doctor of Education in  Educational Leadership degree program now includes a specialization in Higher Education.

“We’ve received requests since launching our doctoral program to include classes with this special emphasis,” explains Program Area Chair for Educational Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership Larry Kajs.

With the recent growth of enrollment at community colleges and universities in the Houston Metropolitan area, an increase in higher education administrative services is expected.

“Many higher education professionals want to advance their careers in college and university administration, and we’re pleased to provide the academic preparation to address this need,” adds Kajs.

The specialization will include classes in higher education law and policies, student affairs, planning and budgeting operations. In addition, candidates will examine major trends facing higher education and solutions for effectively responding to some of these multifaceted issues, such as accommodating discipline-specific developments, university governance structures, diversity in higher education, state and federal funding levels and how to serve evolving societal needs while preserving the tradition of higher learning, and state and federal funding levels.

“These courses will strengthen the candidates’ abilities to effectively respond to multiple academic, social, and management issues related to the operations of a college or university in promoting a successful environment,” Kajs says.

The School of Education doctoral program addresses the preparation and development of key knowledge and skills for higher education leadership and management. Coursework includes strategic planning, dispute resolution, marketing of services, program evaluation and sound research practices for data-driven decision making. Instruction for the doctoral cohorts utilizes a case study method as its primary curriculum vehicle, as well as field-based activities, along with online instruction supplementation to meet the work schedules of busy professionals.

UH-Clear Lake’s School of Education has earned a national reputation as a leader in preparing administrators, counselors and instructors. In 2009, the School of Education was named winner of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, while, in 2008, UH-Clear Lake was selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification, a national classification recognizing its commitment to sharing knowledge and resources with the community. 

Information on how to apply for the doctoral program can be found online at Questions about the program or the application process can be directed to School of Education Director of Student Relations David Benz at or Kajs at

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