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Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed Showcase

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed Showcase

The Watson College was host to the Higher Education Showcase on Dec. 10. The event, which is held at the end of each semester, gives masters and doctoral students in the higher education concentration in the Department of Educational Leadership (EL) an opportunity to share what they have learned over the course of the semester with Watson and university faculty, colleagues in student affairs and higher education administrative positions at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College, and each other.

Fifty students shared presentations and videos at the event.

Assistant professor Andrew Ryder said most higher education courses include applied learning projects, and the event gives students an opportunity to discuss their work with others in the field.

Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed Showcase“Our students come from vastly different backgrounds and bring a range of professional experiences to the program,” Ryder said. “The showcase provides a shared learning opportunity that is strengthened by having our partners and colleagues in higher education join in. It helps to build a sense of community across the program and with others who share an interest in the study and practice of higher education.”

WCE’s Ed Leadership students showcased a wide range of projects at the event.

Doctoral students in James DeVita’s Today’s College Student course conducted research on students within specific contexts. Projects included a study on the experiences of single mothers pursuing a degree in a community college setting, and a look at the college experiences of students who were homeschooled.

Students in Kevin McClure’s Organizational Studies and Campus Environments course (doctoral) conducted research over the course of the semester on a range of topics. Results from a study of successful tutoring and academic support services, and another on services that support students transferring from community colleges to universities, were among the papers shared.

Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed ShowcaseStudents in Ryder’s Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education course completed semester-long assessment projects for clients at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. They included an analysis of how the Masters in Higher Education program addresses specific professional competencies in the field of student affairs, an assessment of what students learn about the writing process when they utilize the UNCW Writing Center, and an assessment of student learning and satisfaction for the annual Seahawk Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.  

In the Foundations of Higher Education course, also taught by Ryder, students created videos documenting the history, mission and campus culture of select colleges and universities in the region. A video of East Carolina University, created by Marc Gmuca, Jeremy Lea and Eric Miller, was among the documentaries shared.


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education was introduced at the Watson College in 2012. A Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Higher Education has been offered since 2010.

For information on the M.Ed. program, visit https://uncw.edu/ed/el/highered/

For information on the Ed.D. program, visit https://uncw.edu/ed/el/edd/