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Higher Education and Community College Online Program

Why choose the online-option in Higher Education and Community College

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The online option was designed for the working professional looking to gain additional knowledge in the area of Community College and Higher Education. Because the entire program is online, the student can remain employed full-time while working toward the degree. Along with the convenience of online education, many of the factors listed for attending campus also apply to the online degree including a curriculum aligned with ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.


The online Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education and Community College at Eastern Illinois University pursues the highest standards of scholarly excellence as evidenced through sustained achievement of criteria developed and adopted by the Graduate School. The program utilizes a cohort model with a low faculty-to-student ratio. The department currently offers an M.S. in College Student Affairs (CSA) with an online option in Higher Education and Community College (HECC). The programs incorporate the standards developed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as its benchmark for assessment. The purpose of our training, which includes supervised practical experience in a variety of settings, is to equip students to become qualified, ethical and culturally competent leaders in Higher Education.


Program Overview- Please watch a short program overview from the Chair of the department.


Learning Goals for the online M.S in Higher Education and Community College:

  • Candidates will display the required academic preparation and professional dispositions necessary to succeed in the graduate program in Counseling or Higher Education Leadership.

  • Candidates will display evidence of depth of content knowledge.

  • Candidates will display evidence of maintaining professional disposition.

  • Candidates will display evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Candidates will display evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Candidates will display evidence of advanced scholarship through research and/or creative activity.

  • Accountability

    First Choice Program

    Status Report

    CASA Annual Report

    Program Evaluation Summary Report

    MAP Report

    IBHE Review Summary

    ACPA and NASPA Competencies



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