School of Education Launches New Ph.D. Program

Howard University School of Education is pleased to announce the launch of a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, also known as HELPS. This innovative program is designed to prepare the next generation of education leaders for minority-serving institutions.

Through intensive research preparation, the HELPS program also will prepare students to become policy advocates in higher education. Coursework will cover responsibilities associated with the college and university presidency, fundraising in higher education, board and community relations, accreditation, contemporary issues in higher education and ethics in decision-making. Course-related activities (e.g., guest lectures and workshops from presidents of minority-serving institutions as well as other admin- istrative leaders) will provide students with salient insight into effective higher education leadership for minority-serving institutions in general and HBCUs specifically.

Another feature of the program will be collaborative opportunities with policy and higher education organizations in the Washington, D.C., area. Students will have opportunities to engage policymakers, lobbyists and practitioners while identifying the rela- tionship between education policy and higher education operations.

Selected students admitted to the program will be provided the opportunity to work as graduate assistants in one of the following policy organizations:

The American Council on Education,

United Negro College Fund,

The Education Trust, or


Applications are being considered now for the inaugural cohort to begin in fall 2017. For further information, email




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