Texas Tech University: Higher Education


Name of CPED-Influenced Program: Higher Education Administration
Key Contact Person:
Dr. Stephanie J. Jones, EdD
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Email: stephanie.j.jones@ttu.edu
Office:  (806) 834-1380
Program Description: 

The Higher Education program at Texas Tech University is a competency-based program for those who wish to lead change and reform higher education settings. It is designed to develop scholarly practitioners that understand the importance of equity and social justice. Graduates of the program are equipped to apply theories and practical research as tools to name, frame, and solve problems of practice, using empirical evidence to evaluate impact and develop innovative solutions for colleges and universities.

The EdD is a three year program that targets professionals already working in higher education organizations.  The program is online and residency is met by completing 21 hours in an academic year.  Students are required to attend one (1) week sessions each Summer I term for the three (3) years of the program – in Lubbock, Texas.

The program also offers an on-site PhD and EdD, as well has an on-site master’s program.

Stage in Redesign Process:  Implementation
Signature Pedagogy:

The signature pedagogy for the program is embedded fieldwork.  All Phase 2 and Phase 3 courses utilize embedded fieldwork projects to ensure students obtain the skills, knowledge, and experiences to be scholarly practitioners. Service learning is also incorporated into appropriate courses.

Laboratories of Practice: 

As all students enrolled in the program work in professional positions in higher education, their institutions serve as their laboratories of practice.  All coursework is designed to take advantage of students’ access to authentic problems in practice at their institutions. All Phase 2 and Phase 3 courses have problems in practice components and require application of learning outcomes of the course in authentic settings.   


The capstone project for the EdD in Higher Education Administration is a scholarly practitioner dissertation.  It is completed in the third year of the program. Students partner with higher education institutions to research problems in practice and to provide data-driven solutions to these problems.  A member of the partner institution sits on the dissertation committee.

Description of each year of the Program: 

Students are admitted in cohorts and admittance is once a year in the fall semester.  Students complete 21 credit hours per year, six (6) in the fall term, six (6) in the spring term, and nine (9) hours across the summer.  The program has two tracks: 1) community college administration, or 2) four-year college/university administration. 

All students are required to complete a scholarly practitioner dissertation, working in partnership with a higher education institution that has an identified problem in practice issue to be resolved.

Program Milestones: 

Milestones for the program are measured in three phases:  Phase 1 -   knowledge level; Phase 2 – guided practice; and Phase 3 – authentic practice.

In order to progress through the program, students must demonstrate competencies throughout all phases, and are assessed at the end of each semester and each year to determine if remediation is needed to ensure skills and knowledge are obtained.

All students are evaluated once a year through a formal program evaluation process.  They must successfully pass qualifying examinations and produce individual dissertations.

Graduate Competencies:

The mission of the Higher Education program is to provide our students – who are already higher education professionals - the skills to reform higher education organizations and be change agents who have the skills and abilities to improve student learning, provide leadership that focuses on how evaluation and assessment informs practice, and who will recognize, lead, and influence collaborative efforts among the members of the higher education community.

Admission Requirements: 
  • A master's degree in any discipline from an accredited public or private university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A minimum of three (3) years full-time professional experience in either a public or private two-year or four-year higher education institution or state or federal educational agency serving higher education, or some other organization with a clear connection to higher education. Professional experience is defined as holding a mid-level administrator position (minimum level of coordinator or specialist) or higher in an institution or agency of higher education. Adjunct teaching and work as a student while seeking a degree does not constitute professional, full-time experience. Full-time faculty positions do constitute professional experience. Other experience is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • A clear commitment to enter the administrative ranks of two- or four-year institutions of higher education or the university professorate in Higher Education administration.
  • Evidence of potential contribution to research, teaching or leadership in higher education as documented by three letters of reference from faculty or administrators in two- or four-year institutions of higher education.
  • Writing is evaluated based on responses to writing prompts.
  • GRE is required.
  • Preference will be given to applicants planning to serve in the state of Texas, but those outside the state of Texas are considered.
General Information:
  • Program Delivery: Online
  • Average number of students admitted into the EdD program each year: 15-20
  • Types of employoment students hold upon entering the program: Must be employed in a full-time professional position within a higher education institution.
  • Typical bachelors degrees held by students upon entering the program: Varies as there is not undergraduate degree in higher education.
  • Typical masters degrees held by students upon entering the program: Varies.
  • Number of credits in the program (beyond the Masters): 60
  • Professional qualifications required of prospective students: Three years of full-time experience in a professional position within higher education, and must be currently working in a professional position within higher education.
  • Length of Program: Less than 4 years
  • Are most students part time or full time?: part time
  • Admissions Cycle: New cohorts are admitted each fall.
  • Average number of students enrolled in each cohort: 15-20
  • Total number of faculty: 7
  • Former PK-20 Practitioner, Current University Faculty: 7
  • Current PK-20 Practitioner: 1
  • Former PK-20 Practitioner, Current University Faculty: 7