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Student Capstone Projects

The Advanced Seminar Capstone Course (MHE670) is designed to provide ​all students in the higher education administration masters program​ with the opportunity to apply and demonstrate their mastery of new skills and knowledge.​

For their capstone thesis projects, students undertake original research studies that involve the investigation of a current problem or issue in higher education. With close personal mentoring from faculty they formulate a research methodology, collect original data for their study via surveys or interviews, conduct an analysis and create original recommendations for practitioners. Many of the projects are publishable quality, and many students focus on a project that will help their current office or department at work to improve it's success.

Below are some example titles of ​original ​research studies students completed as their capstone projects.

Enrollment Management

  • Assessing the Future of Standardized Testing in the College Admissions Process
  • Factors of Increased Enrollment in Physician Assistant programs
  • Law School: Supply and Demand. The Impact of Lowering Law School Admissions Standards
  • An Assessment of Social Media Strategy and Measurement in Student Recruitment
  • Using Student Withdrawal Data at Community Colleges: Institutional Actions to Strengthen Retention Programming
  • Assessing the Factors that Lead Non-Traditional Adult Women to Online Learning Programs
  • Best Practices for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Implementation

Administrative Leadership

  • The Importance of Presidential Leadership in the 21st Century: Avoiding a Leadership Crisis
  • Best Practices for Implementing Dual Credit Programs
  • Barriers to Advancement, Voice, and Representation for African American Female Administrators at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)
  • Increasing Undergraduate Student Participation in Financial Literacy Education Programs
  • Implementing Best Practices to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates of Military Veteran Students in Traditional Higher Education Institutions
  • The Effects of Short-Term Education Abroad​ ​Program Design on Student Outcomes
  • Paperless Transmission of FERPA Protected Documents: Managing the Risks

Student Services

  • Supporting Native American College Students: An Exploration of Successful Models
  • An Exploration of Student-Athlete Support: Comparing the Perceptions of Academic Support Staff and Athletic Staff on Collaboration and Best Practices
  • Supporting the Success of First-Generation College Students: A Case Study of Strategies, Programs, and Practices
  • Understanding the Negative Socialization Impact on ​​Men’s Gender Identity Development:​ Recommendations for​ ​College​ ​Practitioners
  • Barriers to Hispanic College Students' Participation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Best Practices to Support Student-Athlete Academic Success
  • Ivy League Colleges' Support of First-Generation College Students: Determining Best Strategies, Programs, and Practices
  • Roadmap for Success: Creating Relevant and Dynamic Higher Education Experiences for the Adult Learner

Online Teaching & Program Administration 

  • Design and Implementation of Institutional Policy to Ensure Online Course Content is Accessible for Students with Disabilities
  • Promoting Student Learning in Online Courses: Effective Faculty Strategies
  • Best Practices and Strategies Provided by Instructional Designers: Assisting Online Adjunct Faculty with Effective Teaching

Institutional Advancement 

  • Creating Cultures of Undergraduate Giving: Case Studies of Successful​ Programs
  • Intercultural Competence Assessment: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Tool
  • Identifying Strategies that Motivate Parent Philanthropy in Higher Education ​