||EDA644 - Higher Education Law/Politics
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|Course Description: This course examines the legal aspects of higher education, sources of law and authority presented; impact on, interaction with, and implications of the administration of higher education are discussed. The course provides an overview of the legal issues that arise in public and private college and universities and the policy implications of those issues. Pertinent federal and California statutes and case law will inform students of the legal rights and responsibilities of higher education students, faculty, and the administration.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
- Analyze the impact of law on the functions of higher education institutions
- Summarize relevant legal issues in higher education and an appropriate response to these.
- Determine the role of the administrator in contract negotiations with faculty and staff.
- Summarize the impact legal cases pertaining to higher education administrators.
|Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
- Analyze sound educational philosophy, theory and practice to managing change, policy and governance, strategic planning and analysis, student services, and enrollment management in higher education.
- Interpret major legal issues that impact higher education today and will impact higher education in the future.
Perspectives and Foundations
Overview of Higher Education Law
Legal Planning and Dispute Resolution
Focus on the difference between
(ADR via mediation and arbitration), and
formal dispute resolution
(courts). (This would later be
tied into contract planning, liability, employee
management, collective-bargaining, etc.)
The College and Its Governing Board and Staff
The College’s Authority and Liability
The College and Its Employees (generic, includes both faculty and
staff – faculty issues highlighted below)
The College and Its Faculty
Special Issues in Faculty Employment (focus here be placed on
Includes tenure issues
Rights to re-employment
Affirmative Action, etc.
Faculty Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression
The College and Its Students
The Student/Institution Relationship
Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual Student
Student Organizations and Members
The College and the Outside World
The College and Government (local, state, and federal issues)
The College and External Private Entities (associations,
accreditation, research, collaboration)
Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.
Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.
The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://www.nu.edu/LIBRARY/ReferenceTools/citations.html
National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:
Contact the Library:
- (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
- 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)
Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help
- Recorded class presentations
- Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:
- Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
- Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
- There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures