‘Investment Creation’

UTRGV President Guy Bailey welcomed students to the new Higher Education Administration Arts Education program in October. The program, which includes full tuition and fees covered by UTRGV, is offered in an accelerated online format, allowing the entire program to be completed in two cohorts in one year. (UTRGV photo by Paul Chui)
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Edinburg, Texas – A historic educational journey that includes full tuition and fees at UTRGV began this fall semester for more than 100 university employees selected to participate in the new Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program.

Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in August 2022, the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree focuses on developing the next generation of leaders at UTRGV.

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UTRGV President Guy Bailey said in person during the program launch that, in the bigger picture, students from the higher education institution’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses can participate. “And we have to adjust. It’s important that we have the next generation of leaders to continue what we’re doing now. That’s why we’re making this investment.”

The new MA program – the integration of UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 in the Department of Organization and School Leadership – will be offered in an accelerated online format, allowing the entire program to be completed in the first two years. Groups.

The first cohort of 50 will begin the program on October 26, 2022, and the second cohort of 50 will begin on January 11, 2023.

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According to Dr. Federico Guerrera, Chair of the Organization and School Leadership Department of Higher Education Administration and MA Program Coordinator, the program will enable graduates to become managers at the required level in higher education.

“With a deep understanding of how the university system works, an employee can move from one department to another – where his talents and interests best fit – and be highly qualified to lead,” Guerra said.

of Art teacher in higher education administration degree, approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in August 2022, is focused on developing the next generation of leaders at UTRGV. The first group of 50 started the program on October 26, and the second group of 50 will start on January 11, 2023. (UTRGV photo by Paul Chui)
UTRGV employees have been selected to participate in the new Higher Education Administration degree program in the fall semester. The initial program for university staff will be unique because it will include an experiential classroom. (UTRGV photo by Raul Gonzalez)

Nurture and network UTRGV talent.

The program will be open to others outside of UTRGV in the future. However, the first two groups will consist exclusively of UTRGV staff from departments across the university.

“We want to develop our own talent,” Bailey said. “This MA paves the way for individuals in the university who want to be in leadership positions in a large university like ours.”

According to UTRGV Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Janna Arney, the UTRGV Staff First Program is unique because it includes an experiential classroom.

“Our staff has embraced the full experience of our faculty leading to an accelerated online master’s degree,” Arney said. “However, as scholarship recipients, they will have the additional opportunity and responsibility to participate in face-to-face meetings led by institutional leaders where specific UTRGV topics are discussed. These leader-led conversations help contextualize classroom learning.

Guerrera said the program will strengthen existing partnerships and create new opportunities for networking.

One of the courses in the degree plan is how students move into different departments – areas such as student affairs, advising, recruitment and access, admissions and financial aid.

“We hope it gives them a broader view of what’s going on at the university outside of their office,” Gere said. “Other roles can be different and more interesting than you imagine.

The first group student, Glomar Colon, JD, said she looks forward to collaborating with like-minded colleagues in areas outside of her own.

“It seems like an exciting opportunity to network and be a tool for change,” said Colon, executive director of research compliance and export control at the research division. Salvador Arellano III, another student accepted to the first group, said he was excited to learn from leaders like Bailey how educational institutions interact with government policymaking and legislation.

Dr. Michelle Abrego, assistant professor in the Department of Organization and School Leadership, spoke to new students in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program at a welcome reception in Brownsville. (UTRGV photo by Paul Chui)

“It’s a way to make real, lasting, lasting change,” said Arellano, a research associate in the family medicine department.

He said generations of his family have earned college degrees and believes education is another key component to the success of individuals and the region.

“By completing this degree, I will help advance this generation with the support of UTRGV,” Arellano said.

Fast way

The accelerated master’s program distinguishes semesters from traditional degrees.

A normal semester course lasts 14 weeks and accelerated courses last seven weeks. Taking two courses in an accelerated semester, or “module,” means students can complete four courses in the fall and spring semesters and four in the summer. The entire 30-hour program can be completed in 11 months.

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