FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: New M.Ed in Urban Higher Education and a special course for Spring 2019!

New Higher Education Course for Spring 2019  - EDPS 594 "Student, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Urban Higher Education" Download the flyer to share! 

See the update below on the new M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education:

The M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education proposal was approved by the Educational Policy Studies department, and this fall the proposal was approved by the College of Education Educational Programs and Policy Committee. The proposal will now move through the approval process at the UIC campus, University, and Illinois Board of Higher Education levels.  If approved at all levels, we plan to admit our first class of M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education students in the Fall semester of 2019.

The M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education is a 36-hour program that has a 20 hour set of core required courses.  The program’s urban focus will give it a unique perspective in comparison with leading programs throughout the country.  This program will explore issues within the academy related to, and informed by, the urban context.  Given the program’s urban and leadership focus, six key themes guide the program:

  • The urban context is key and underscores an emphasis on specific complex challenges and opportunities
  • Building and maintaining equity and authentic diversity in higher education is essential
  • Everyone in the organization is a leader, change agent and advocate who contributes to the continued improvement and advancement of the institution
  • Principled leadership and ethical behavior are the foundation for sound professional practice
  • Teamwork and collaboration are crucial for continuous organizational improvement and advancement
  • Best practice in higher education requires evidence-based and data-informed decision-making


Through 16 hours of elective courses, students may choose an area of emphasis in (1) Leadership, Governance, Organization and Policy, or (2) Institutional Research for Decision Making.  Ideally, students will begin with the Urban Higher Education Organization and Context course as an introductory seminar and complete the program with the internship (if needed) and culminating seminar, designed to help students make connections between their professional interests and academic studies, and between theory and practice.  Students may take the remaining core courses and 16 hours of elective/area of emphasis courses as their schedules allow.  If you have interest in learning more about the proposed program, please contact me at

Please note that I have also included a flyer for a higher education focused course that will be offered this Spring 2019 term by Dr. Mark Martell.  If you are not a current UIC student and would like to register for the course, please contact Claire Grimmenga at