‘McKendree In The Field’ MAED Degree In Higher Education Administrative Services



Chicago, Ill. — “McKendree In The Field,” a new program offered by historic McKendree University at the Field Museum in Chicago, enables you to earn a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) degree in higher education administrative services in 18 months, taught by those at the top of their profession.

Designed to link theory with practice, this innovative program is structured for full-time working professionals seeking to advance their careers, aspiring to leadership roles within colleges and universities, or making the transition from another occupation.

“Our challenging curriculum prepares students to be competent administrators able to provide direction, leadership, and day-to-day management of a college or university,” said Donald E. Fouts, Ph.D., the director of the McKendree Center for Higher Education Management. “Consider it the MBA for university service professionals.”

He noted that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, projected employment of higher education administrators will increase 14 percent by 2016, as many current administrators are expected to retire in the coming years. New administrators and leaders today must be equipped with the expertise, knowledge and vision to steer institutions into the future. College and universities will need skilled service providers to manage finances and human resources, recruit and retain students, provide complex technological support to students and faculty, and administer student services and development.

Classes are taught at the Field Museum every three weeks by seasoned faculty members and high-level managers, such as Dr. Fouts, former president of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities and an experienced advocate with deep knowledge of the higher education system; Dr. John P. Minogue, former president of DePaul University and a noted authority on institutional business processes; and Dr. James W. Croft, executive vice president of the Field Museum, and an expert on higher education budgeting and finance.

Class size is limited to encourage maximum interaction and collaboration.

The total cost of the program at the Field Museum is $21,000, including all fees and instructional materials. Generous financial assistance is available for qualified applicants through the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. McKendree University staff members can help you evaluate various financial aid options.

For more information, call the McKendree Center for Higher Education Management at (312) 637-9661. For questions about admission requirements, call (618) 537-6477 or 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6477.

McKendree University, founded in 1828 in Lebanon, Ill., was the first college established in the state. It ranks among the top 10 percent of "Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the nation and in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2010." Designed for adult learners and working professionals, McKendree’s graduate program offers degrees in education, professional counseling, business administration and nursing. www.mckendree.edu