Howard University is launching a Ph.D. program that will be the first of its kind.
The program will equip students with the skills to serve in staffing, management, and support positions at minority-serving institutions, and graduates will receive a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (HELPS).
HELPS, which has been endorsed by the Department of Education and United Negro College Fund among others, will prepare students for the responsibilities of a university president such as fundraising in higher ed, managing board and community relationships, and ethics in decision- making.
We are optimistic that graduates from this niche program can become agents of change at minority serving institutions, as many are under-resourced as a result of state appropriations reductions.
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