The University of West Georgia will offer a new doctorate degree in higher education administration this fall after the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the program Thursday.

A doctoral student at a computer“This doctorate is the only one in the state that is fully online with an emphasis in higher education administration and one of only a few in the country offered at a nonprofit state school,” said Dr. Matt Varga, associate professor and director of the new program. “The online emphasis provides additional access for students who want the online doctorate in Georgia but are not in a position to attend a residential program to help enhance their professional career in higher education.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the higher education administrators sector presents the highest rate of growth among all sectors of education administrators over the next eight years. By 2024, it is expected there will be approximately 66,000 jobs available. Varga said the increase in market growth, combined with the desire for an online program, likely will translate into a high demand for the new degree.

Aimed at future-oriented administrators seeking to advance their careers, the program is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of college and university administration, leadership, and finance management, as well as the overall ability to address and solve critical issues through analysis and reflective thought.

Additionally, graduates will be able to conduct and analyze institutional assessments to make policy and program improvements. Further, they will be prepared to address legal issues and changes affecting higher education. Finally, graduates will be able to apply personal values and ethics as they influence professional practice.

“We are very excited to add this new, fully online program in Higher Education Administration to the repertoire of doctoral programs at the University of West Georgia,” said COE Dean Dr. Dianne Hoff. “The curriculum is engaging and relevant, and it positions the College of Education to make an impact on higher education leadership throughout Georgia and across the nation.”

UWG has four other doctorate programs, including Ed.D. degrees in nursing education, professional counseling and supervision, and school improvement and a Ph.D. in psychology: consciousness and society.

Posted on January 12, 2018