Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The influence of educational leaders on curriculum design in higher education at a Northeastern U.S. university
by Sethi, Lovleen, Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 114; 10172480
Abstract (Summary)

There is limited literature regarding how higher education leaders influence and shape curriculum do for graduate students. The question is how the curriculum is influenced by higher education leaders. The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to discover how those in leadership positions in higher education influence and shape curriculum for business school graduate students. Examining the influence higher education leaders have on curriculum design will provide information to universities to evaluate their current processes and may help universities continue to improve program quality. An exploratory qualitative descriptive approach was taken for this study. Qualitative data was collected via eight interviews with those involved in curriculum design. Specifically, participants for this study were those in leadership positions (administrators, deans, associate deans, and senior faculty) in the masters of business administration (MBA) program at a selected university in the Northeast region of the United States. The data from the interview transcripts were analyzed to discover how those in leadership positions in higher education influence and shape curriculum for business school graduate students. The four major themes identified in this study were flexibility, streamlining, continuous improvement, and innovation. The study revealed that factors such as flexibility, communication (internal and external), adaptability, and technology all contribute to robustness of the graduate business curriculum and are a reflection of how those in leadership positions influence the curriculum. The findings from the study revealed similar views regarding participants’ experiences about their role in influencing and shaping the curriculum, challenges faced, and common experiences among several participants. The study revealed that the participants reported positive feedback on their level of participation with the curriculum design process. The practical implications that may result from the proposed research may explain the current leadership structures, both formal and informal, within department of business. Results of the study may also have the potential to inform the development of future curriculum design efforts to enable current and future department faculty and chairs to influence curriculum design as effectively as possible.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Cynthia
Commitee: Ford, Thomas, Rossman, Mark H.
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Higher Education Administration
Keywords: Curriculum design, Higher education, Qualitative
Publication Number: 10172480
ISBN: 978-1-369-27246-8
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