Organization and Leadership Courses

O&L  614 - Introduction to Organization and Leadership (3)

This course will focus on the nature of organizational leadership and the performance imperatives facing organizational leaders. Additionally, this course analyzes leadership within the context of organizational structure in driving the organization forward.
• Restricted to Organization and Leadership, and Higher Ed / Student Affairs Majors;

O&L  615 - Information Systems in Educational Management (3)

Examination of the uses of information in the management of educational institutions and issues administrators face in the management of this information, including collection, storage, and dissemination. Focuses on integration and communications of information for decision-making. Includes an introduction to validity and reliability in tests and measurements; use of specific tools, such as school schedulers and student records; and human, technological, and legal issues in sharing information. Students will work in teams to develop hands-on projects. Any student taking this course must have the ability to use any personal computer for word processing or other tasks.
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O&L  617 - International Adult Learning: Domestic and Transcultural (3)

An examination of various facets of education needed for success in a global economy. An important focus of this course is the ethical considerations and responsibilities that are inherent in the design of adult education programs. The influence of tradition and culture for the adult learner is explored from an interpretive perspective.
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O&L  618 - Culture and Law (3)

This course examines primary legal systems in Eastern and Western settings. Further, the relationship among law, culture and policy formation are investigated.
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O&L  619 - Participatory Hermeneutic Research (3)

This course focuses on the theory and application of field-based research grounded in the critical hermeneutic philosophy of Gadamer, Ricoeur and other researchers that use the written and social text as a basis for data analysis.

O&L  621 - Budget and Finance (3)

Accounting, budgeting, finance, planning, funding, fund-raising and business management in public and private educational institutions and other non-profit entities. Emphasis on the relationships among the leadership role, the utilization of resources, and the accomplishment of organizational outcomes.

O&L  622 - Education Law (3)

Survey of federal and state laws and cases that apply to educational institutions. Topics covered may include: a) disability issues; b) civil rights; c) freedom of speech; church/state issues; d) evaluation and termination; e) the minor student; f) governing authority of state and local bodies; g) enforcement of educational policy; h) civil and tort liability.
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O&L  624 - Human Resources in Educational Management (3)

This course provides theoretical and practical discussions of the tasks, responsibilities and application to K-12 and higher education in educational management.
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O&L  626 - (3)

Course examines the foundations of social and cultural imperatives that are transforming organizations in the global economy. Further examination of traditions and rationality systems that have informed assumptions about organizations and policy making. Focus on concepts of ethics, language, technology, and hermeneutics in the emerging paradigms of organizational change.
• Restricted to Organization and Leadership, and Higher Ed / Student Affairs Majors;

O&L  627 - Legitimation of Power in Societies and Organization (3)

Study of rationality, power, and authority in modern societies with special attention to political language, technical imperatives, and symbolic aspects of organizations. Sources and processes of power and control will be examined.
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O&L  630 - Educational Leadership (3)

Current concepts underlying leadership theories and practices as they relate to leadership activities, including development and planning, implementation and evaluation in K-12 and higher education.
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O&L  632 - Educational Management (3)

This course provides theoretical and practical discussions of the tasks, responsibilities and applications in educational management.
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O&L  635 - Anthropology of Education (3)

Fundamental principles of anthropology as applied in education, business, and community learning contexts. An overview of the history, tradition, and political ideology of two or more countries, other than the United States, provides a backdrop for the study of culture, technology, and values in an American pedagogical setting.
• Restricted to Organization and Leadership Majors;

O&L  645 - Practicum in Higher Education and Student Affairs I (1)

The practicum will provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and apply course content to higher education and student affairs work. Students will participate in a student affairs office, program or other operation on campus and gain guided exposure to various aspects of student affairs work such as student experiences, program planning, implementation, administration and supervision, use of assessment and evaluation tools, application of ethical guidelines.

O&L  646 - Practicum in Higher Education and Student Affairs II (1)

The practicum will provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and apply course content to higher education and student affairs work. Students will participate in a student affairs office, program or other operation on campus and gain guided exposure to various aspects of student affairs work such as student experiences, program planning, implementation, administration and supervision, use of assessment and evaluation tools, application of ethical guidelines.

O&L  647 - Practicum in Higher Education and Student Affairs III (1)

The practicum will provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and apply course content to higher education and student affairs work. Students will participate in a student affairs office, program or other operation on campus and gain guided exposure to various aspects of student affairs work such as student experiences, program planning, implementation, administration and supervision, use of assessment and evaluation tools, application of ethical guidelines.

O&L  648 - Field Experience I (3)

Supervised, planned opportunities to relate and apply concepts of the Administrative Credential Services program and its seven conceptual areas - Educational Leadership, Program Improvement, Educational Management, Governance and Community, Educational Finance, Educational Law, and Information Management - to school practice. Plans are developed jointly with a member of the faculty and a field site supervisor. Students maintain reflective portfolios. May be taken concurrently with Field Experience II. Enrollment is limited to students in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.
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O&L  649 - Field Experience II (3)

Continuation and evaluation of Field Experience I. Students must register for both Field Experience I and Field Experience II before the joint evaluation by assigned faculty and field supervisor of their competencies. May be taken concurrently with Field Experience I. Enrollment is limited to students in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.
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O&L  650 - Instructional Leadership Capstone (3)

This course requires candidates to integrate course content and field experience learning from previous coursework and emphasizes how instructional leaders create school cultures that promote collaboration, community and shared responsibility for student learning. Specific methods of communication, problem solving, and data based decision-making are explored throughout the course. Candidates will complete their capstone at their school site under the guidance of their site supervisor and university mentor. They will identify a targeted group of students at the school site as well as work to provide leadership and guidance for teachers, parents and stakeholders in the community to develop and implement strategies to increase the achievement for the identified group of students.

O&L  652 - Data-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3)

The course will emphasize how school leaders can collect, analyze, and use data to make instructional decisions to improve the learning of a diverse student population. Specifically, school leaders will focus on academic outcomes for learners who are at risk for academic failure and often forgotten or neglected such as student with disabilities, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and English learners.

O&L  653 - Organization Development and Learning (3)

Attention to organizational development in fast paced environments. This course examines how leaders in organizations can mediate high performance and learning through project team development, communication, collaboration, and individual and group conversation-based assessment.
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O&L  654 - Schools, Community and Society (3)

This course examines the relationships among schools, communities, and societies from historical and cultural perspectives. Concepts of authority, power, and influence in a global society provide a basis for learning that cuts across communities and organizations.
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O&L  655 - M.A. Thesis/Field Project (3)

A thesis or field-based research project in Organization and Leadership which is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master's degree.

O&L  656 - Student Development in College (3)

Introduction to theories of student development and application of theories to student affairs practice and understanding U.S. college student experiences and outcome.

O&L  657 - Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (3)

This course explores perspectives and theories of evaluation and assessment in higher education and provides exposure to basic knowledge and concepts necessary to plan, design and implement assessment in student affairs.

O&L  658 - Culture and Work (3)

Course examines different cultural concepts of work as evidenced in a variety of worksites throughout the world. Particular attention is given to developing and sustaining successful transcultural workforces and globally dispersed teams through the study of culturally specific conceptions of space, time, rationality, promise, and responsibility.
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O&L  662 - Campus Environments and Cultures (3)

Introduction to research on college environments and campus cultures. Implications for student outcomes and student affairs practice are highlighted.

O&L  663 - Race, Diversity, and Higher Education (3)

An overview of major theoretical, research, and practical issues related to concepts of race and diversity in higher education.

O&L  667 - Capstone Seminar (3)

This course facilitates the use of concepts and theories learned in previous completed coursework to analyze current issues facing student affairs professionals and to design and initiate a final Capstone Project.

O&L  670 - Ethical Organization (3)

This course explores classic and contemporary, Eastern and Western approaches to ethics with emphasis on application to practical organizational issues. A focus is on the application of complexity sciences - the sciences of connectivity - to informed ethical decision making. This course is offered in a blend of online and face-to-face formats. Please see course schedule for details.
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O&L  671 - Complexity and Leadership Realities (3)

This course examines the role of leadership through a complexity sciences framework. Particular focus is on leading self-organizing entities through the integration of, for example, learning in organizations, social and intellectual capital, emotional intelligence, and the Jesuit traditions of risk-taking, collaborative work and change.
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O&L  672 - Complexity and Organizational Creativity (3)

This course focuses on the underlying dynamics of organizations from the perspective of chaos and complexity. Students examine both the creation of organizations and innovation and creativity within existing organizations with application to their individual experiences. This course is offered in a blend of online and face-to-face formats.
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O&L  697 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

Independent, in-depth study of a specific educational topic.
• Restricted to Graduate level;

O&L  698 - Special Topic Seminar (1 - 3)

Exploration of one or more selected topics in Organization and Leadership.
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O&L  709 - Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)

The essentials of developing a model proposal for the research project leading to a dissertation. Specific components of a good proposal, analysis of research proposals, and student research projects.
Prerequisites: GEDU 706 and GEDU 708
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O&L  715 - Information Systems in Educational Management (3)

Examination of the uses of information in the management of educational institutions and issues administrators face in the management of this information, including collection, storage, and dissemination. Focuses on integration and communication of information for decision-making. Includes an introduction to validity and reliability in tests and measurements; use of specific tools, such as school schedulers and student records; and human, technological, and legal issues in sharing information. Students will work in teams to develop hands-on projects. Any student taking this course must have the ability to use any personal computer for work processing or other tasks.
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O&L  717 - International Learning in Domestic and Transcultural Settings (3)

Examines the various facets of education needed for success in a global economy. An important focus of this course is the ethical considerations and responsibilities that are inherent in the design of adult education programs. The influence of the tradition and culture of the adult learner will be explored from a hermeneutic perspective.
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O&L  718 - Culture and Law (3)

This course examines primary legal systems in Eastern and Western settings. Further, the relationship among law, culture and policy formations will be investigated.
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O&L  719 - Participatory Hermeneutic Research (3)

This course focuses on the theory and application of field-based research grounded in the critical hermeneutic philosophy of Gadamer, Ricoeur and other researchers that use the written and social text as a basis for data analysis.
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O&L  720 - Education Law (3)

Survey of federal and state laws and cases that apply to educational institutions. Topics covered may include: a) disability issues; b) civil rights; c) freedom of speech; church/state issues; d) evaluation and termination; e) the minor student; f) governing authority of state and local bodies; g) enforcement of educational policy; h) civil and tort liability.
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O&L  721 - Budget and Finance (3)

Accounting, budgeting, finance, planning, funding, fund-raising and business management in public and private educational institutions and other non-profit entities. Emphasis on the relationships among the leadership role, the utilization of resources, and the accomplishment of organizational outcomes.
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O&L  722 - Leadership in Urban Contexts (3)

An examination of sociopolitical tensions between individualism and community. Special attention to social justice policy and practice in urban contexts.
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O&L  723 - Small Group Dynamics (3)

This course is designed to provide a systematic analysis of the theory and research of group dynamics with emphasis on group formation, cohesiveness, communications, conflict, problem solving and decision making, leadership, power, influence, and evaluation. In addition, this course will provide exercises and simulations that will enable you to develop competent group skills.
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O&L  724 - Human Resources in Educational Management (3)

This course provides theoretical and practical discussions of the tasks, responsibilities and application to K-12 and higher education in educational management.
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O&L  725 - Writing for Publication in Organization and Leadership (3)

Preparation of an article relating to administrative research. The student will prepare an article for publication which will be critiqued by the instructor and other members of the class. The final product will be a manuscript which is submitted for publication in an appropriate journal.
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O&L  727 - Legitimation of Power in Societies and Organizations (3)

Study of rationality, power, and authority in modern societies with special attention to political language, technical imperatives, and symbolic aspects of organizations. Sources and processes of power and control will be examined.
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O&L  728 - Culture and Work (3)

Course examines different cultural concepts of work as evidenced in a variety of worksites throughout the world. Particular attention is given to developing and sustaining successful transcultural workforces and globally dispersed teams through the study of culturally specific conceptions of space, time, rationality, promise, and responsibility.
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O&L  729 - Proposal Development (3)

Continuation of proposal development. Specific components of a proposal, analysis of research proposals, and student research projects.
Prerequisites: GEDU 706 and GEDU 708
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O&L  730 - Educational Leadership (3)

Current concepts underlying leadership theories and practices as they relate to leadership activities, including development and planning, implementation and evaluation in K-12 and higher education.

O&L  735 - The New Distance Education (3)

In this course, conducted in a World Wide Web environment, students will look for the pedagogy, the problems, and the potential of new forms of distance education in a variety of educational settings and for different kinds of educational and training needs: personal, corporate, and community. Practical skills and theoretical insights are developed.
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O&L  740 - Higher Education in the Global Environment (3)

Global social, economic, technological, and ideological changes are challenging traditional educational practices in homes, schools, universities, and in industry throughout America and around the planet. The new internationalization is having particular impact on higher and adult education. In this course, students will explore the facts, the forces, and the futures of higher education in the global environment.
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O&L  741 - American Institutions in Higher Education (3)

A survey of the missions, organizational structures, governance, and administration of various types of postsecondary and higher education institutions in America.
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O&L  742 - Operational Management in Higher Education (3)

Principles and practices of administering higher educational institutions with special attention to governance, organizational structure, finance, plant management, and support services.
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O&L  743 - Program and Faculty Development (3)

Current approaches to higher education needs assessment and program development with the integration of post secondary teaching styles for institutions in a rapidly changing environment. Class participants will investigate the tensions between traditional standards and new competitive and market driven forces.
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O&L  744 - Academic and Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)

Contemporary problems, issues, and trends in the administration of curricula, instructional programs, student development programs, and student support services are examined in relation to both conceptual models and actual institutional settings.
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O&L  750 - Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications (3)

Exploration of theories of human organizations and how they function. Emphasis is on critical analysis of organizational settings with which the students are familiar and applications of theory for improvement and change.
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O&L  751 - Leadership Theories (3)

An examination of the theories of leadership with emphasis on linking theory and practice to create effective organizational leadership.
• Restricted to Organization and Leadership Majors;

O&L  752 - Data-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3)

The course will emphasize how school leaders can collect, analyze and use data to make instructional decisions to improve the learning of a diverse student population. Specifically, school leaders will focus on academic outcomes for learners who are at risk for academic failure and often forgotten or neglected such as students with disabilities, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and English learners.
• Restricted to Organization and Leadership Majors;

O&L  753 - Organizational Development and Learning (3)

Attention to organizational development in fast paced environments. This course examines how leaders in organizations can mediate high performance and learning through project team development, communication, collaboration, and individual and group conversation based assessment.
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O&L  754 - School, Community and Society (3)

This course examines the relationship among schools, communities, and societies from historical and cultural perspectives. Concepts of authority, power, and influence in a global society provide a basis for learning that cuts across communities and organizations.
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O&L  756 - Student Development in College (3)

Introduction to theories of student development and application of theories to student affairs practice and understanding U.S. college student experiences and outcomes.

O&L  757 - Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (3)

This course explores perspectives and theories of evaluation and assessment in higher education and provides exposure to basic knowledge and concepts necessary to plan, design and implement assessment in student affairs.

O&L  758 - Fundamentals of Management (3)

A theoretical, systematic discussion of the tasks, responsibilities, and practices of management in today's society.
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O&L  759 - Women in Management (3)

Critical analysis of the role of women in positions of leadership; personal traits and environmental factors which enhance the success of women in management.
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O&L  760 - Professional Rhetoric and Presentation (3)

Professional representation of one's self and one's organization are key skills in today's world of full disclosure and 24-hour media coverage. The intellectual issues to be addressed and the practical tools to be mastered are the subjects of this "skills with purpose and understanding" course for organizational leaders.
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O&L  761 - Policy Analysis in the Pluralistic Society (3)

Policy Analysis is the application of social and economic theory and empirical findings to the prediction of the effects of new laws or rules. The traditional and accepted methods for doing this, which still prevail, are challenged by new political and philosophical forces, which are driving a reconsideration of the values and priorities influencing decision-makers. In this course, students see the basics of traditional policy analysis and learn to articulate their values vis-a-vis any proposed policy.
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O&L  762 - Campus Environments and Cultures (3)

Introduction to research on college environments and campus cultures. Implications for student outcomes and student affairs practice are highlighted.

O&L  763 - Race, Diversity, and Higher Education (3)

An overview of major theoretical, research, and practical issues related to concepts of race and diversity in higher education.

O&L  764 - The Community College (3)

American postsecondary education in public and private, two-year, collegiate institutions. Current trends and issues in curriculum, governance, finance, faculty and students will be reviewed systematically through organizational theory.
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O&L  765 - Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)

Trends in local and international cooperation and competition require new approaches to reaching agreement. The intersections of time, trust, and interest determine constructive solutions. Class participants will learn about culturally embedded approaches to problem recognition, negotiation, and communication.
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O&L  770 - Ethical Organization (3)

This course explores classic and contemporary, Eastern and Western approaches to ethics with emphasis on application to practical organizational issues. A focus is on the application of complexity science - the sciences of connectivity - to informed ethical decision making. This course is offered in a blend of online and face-to-face formats. Please see course schedule for details.
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O&L  771 - Complexity and Leadership Realities (3)

This course examines the role of leadership through a complexity sciences framework. Particular focus is on leading self-organizing entities through the integration of, for example, learning in organizations, social and intellectual capital, emotional intelligence, and the Jesuit traditions of risk-taking, collaborative work and change.
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O&L  772 - Complexity and Organizational Creativity (3)

This course focuses on the underlying dynamics of organizations from the perspective of chaos and complexity. Students examine both the creation of organizations and innovation and creativity within existing organizations with application to their individual experiences. This course is offered in a blend of online and face-to-face formats.
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O&L  790 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1 - 3)

Directed proposal development in consultation with dissertation committee.
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O&L  791 - Dissertation Research and Writing (1 - 3)

The design, preparation, and writing of the dissertation research study in consultation with the dissertation committee. Advanced to candidacy required.
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O&L  797 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

Independent, in-depth study of a specific educational topic.
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O&L  798 - Special Topic Seminar (1 - 3)

Exploration of one or more selected topics in Organization and Leadership.
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