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HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

faculty Vasti Torres, Ph.D. Vasti Torres is professor of higher education and student affairs administration in the School of Education at Indiana University and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR). Prior to joining the faculty, she had 15 years of experience in administrative positions, most recently serving as Associate Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Portland State University in Oregon. She was the Principle Investigator for a multi-year grant investigating the choice to stay in college for Latino students as well as a multi-year grant looking at the experiences of working college students. She has served as evaluator for the Rural Community College Initiative and Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students initiative. She is active in several higher education and student affairs associations and in 2007–2008 she became the first Latina president of a national student services association — ACPA. Between 2008 and 2010 she served as co-chair of the Future of Student Affairs Task Force. She has been honored as a Diamond Honoree, Senior Scholar, and Wise Woman by the American College Personnel Association, Contribution to Literature and Knowledge Award from NASPA, and Program Associate for the National Center for Policy in Higher Education. Dr. Torres is a graduate of Stetson University and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs

Danielle M. De Sawal, Ph.D. Danielle M. De Sawal currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. She is responsible for the program administration of the master’s program and teaching graduate level courses including Introduction to Student Affairs, College and University Administration, Student Development, Administrative Practices, Diverse Students on the College Campus and Advising Student Organizations. She presents nationally and regionally on her research related to student organization advising on college campuses. Previously she has served as research assistant on a national grant related to Latino college student experiences. Dr. De Sawal has worked for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) as the educational program coordinator and was responsible for the implementation of professional development seminars and institutes. She holds a B.S. from Colorado State University, a M.Ed from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

This certificate is designed for full time employees currently working in student affairs, without a student affairs degree, who are interested in learning more about the field, application of theory to practice and the current issues and trends facing our profession. The curriculum consists of 12 credit hours. Each course will be 3 credit hours. Three courses (9 credit hours) will serve as the core of the certificate program. Students will then select one of four course options for the final 3 credit hours.

Adult Education

The certificate can be combined with the online Adult Education master’s degree offered through Indiana University. Students interested in completing the adult education master’s degree online can also complete the HESA Certificate as part of that program.

curriculum CORE COURSES (9 credit hours)

U544 Introduction to Student Affairs Work in Higher Education (3 cr): Student affairs personnel are employed in a wide range of institutional types and functional areas. Knowledge and appreciation of the history, philosophy, and theoretical underpinnings of the field, as well as current and emerging issues facing higher education are key factors in working as a practitioner in student affairs. This course is designed to introduce you to the foundations of the student affairs profession and higher education environment in which it functions.

U556: Applying Student Development Theory to Practice (3 cr): Selected student development theories are examined (e.g., psychosocial, cognitive, identity development) in relationship to how these theories inform professional practice.

C565: Introduction to College and University Administration (3 cr): This course provides an introduction to administrative roles and functions in institutions of higher education (IHEs) from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Administrative work is performed in the midst of complicated interactions among people, events, and activities that are shaped in part by an institution’s mission, history and traditions, current exigencies, faculty interests, student characteristics, politics and an administrator’s experience and aspirations. These factors influence what one does, how one does it, and the meaning people make of the various settings, actions, and exchanges. One immediate implication is that an administrator’s effectiveness depends, in part, on the extent to which one understand and appreciates these and other contextual factors.

ELECTIVE COURSE (3 credit hours) – Select one of the following courses: School of Continuing Studies – Adult Education Program D505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan (3 cr): Review of selected adult education literature

describing the adult lifespan as it relates to participation in learning projects and adult education programming. Identify how social and cultural forces influence the engagement of adults in the learning process.

D506 Adult Education Planning and Development (3 cr): Investigate the theory and research of program planning and development for adults, including processes used to develop educational programs in various settings. Topics include needs assessment, program design and development, implementation, and evaluation.

School of Education – Higher Education and Student Affairs Program U550 Topical Seminar in Higher Education and Student Affairs (3 cr): An investigation of issues, functions and concerns that relate to higher education and student affairs administration, current issues in college personnel, and international student concerns.

U590 Independent Student in Higher Education and Student Affairs (3 cr): Individual research or study with a Higher Education and Student Affairs faculty member, arranged in advance of registration. A one-or two-page written proposal should be submitted to the instructor during the first week of the term specifying the scope of the project, project activities, meeting times, completion date, and student products. All courses are taught online. Students will be encouraged to engage in online video and written communication. For more information about how to apply to the program, registration, and pricing for the summer please visit the Indiana University Higher Education and Student Affairs web site at


The HESA Certificate can also be combined with the online Masters of Science in Adult Education degree.

he Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at Indiana University is a pioneer in the study of higher education and student affairs administration. Among the first departments in the country to offer degree programs in this field of study, the HESA program has a distinguished history and continues to be nationally recognized as a leader in the development of higher education scholar-practitioners. Our program offers a certificate that is available exclusively online for full time professionals without a degree in this discipline who want to gain foundational knowledge about student affairs administration.



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