Explore our Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success
Student success is a major concern for higher education leaders today.
College and university educators who can do more with less and help their students achieve important educational goals will be in great demand. If you’re a current or aspiring higher education leader, the online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success (Non-Licensure) can help you develop the practical skills you need to create institutional changes that improve student retention and outcomes.
Explore strategies for developing programs and support services to help more students from increasingly diverse backgrounds reach their educational goals. Gain a deeper understanding of current higher education systems and future trends as you examine the social, political, and economic contexts influencing four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges. Discover how to apply business principles and best practices to help institutions more effectively manage resources and meet student needs.
- 12 semester credits
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success.
Understanding Students: Learning, Development, and Diversity
The success of any business is tied directly to its ability to serve its customers effectively. In higher education, those customers are students. In this course, education professionals examine fundamental principles of student learning and development as well as the implications of these principles for adult learners from a variety of backgrounds who have diverse needs and are in different stages of the educational process. They investigate and discuss factors affecting students' educational goals and aspirations, their ability to stay in college, and the impact of their educational experiences on their learning and development; through this exploration and discussion, education professionals gain a better understanding of the ways leaders can improve these outcomes.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Best Practices for Student Success
Student success depends not only on the quality of the institution's academic programs but also on the quality and availability of student services. In particular, the growing need to help increasingly diverse student populations succeed in college requires innovative approaches to retention and support initiatives. In this course, education professionals explore strategies to plan, organize, and manage student services and programs effectively as well as for ensuring that these programs meet legal and regulatory requirements. They also engage in coursework that emphasizes the design and deployment of programs and services, which enables students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Creating Supportive Learning and Service Environments
Supporting and retaining students until graduation are central to the mission of all institutions of higher education. In this course, education professionals investigate strategies for increasing student success throughout their college experience, from admission to graduation. They explore the ways in which faculty and staff throughout the institution can work collaboratively and leverage resources, such as emerging technologies, to create positive learning experiences. Educators focus on the interplay between academic and student support programs as well as how to design and implement such programs to maximize opportunities for student success.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Leading Change in Student Support Programs
In this course, education professionals explore strategies for leading change in programs and services to support student success and retention. Education professionals engage in research and discussion on a variety of issues, such as assessing needs, developing programs, and seeking resources through fundraising and grant writing. They also engage in activities that focus on ways that change efforts can support an institution's mission and strategic goals, such as increasing the participation of traditionally underrepresented populations in key program areas and building more inclusive communities of learners.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||12 semester credit hours||$759 per semester hour||$9,108|
|Technology Fee||Per semester||$220||$440|
*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.
Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.
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A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.
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