MASTER OF ARTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION & STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
The purpose of this program is to prepare graduates to provide thoughtful and effective service within diverse higher educational settings. MAHE will employ an engaged instructional methodology to teach, model, and promote whole person education and to cultivate change agents who will provide exemplary higher educational service and leadership from a Christian perspective.
Taylor University invites you to connect with current research, thinking critically in order to form a personal philosophy of Student Development that will inspire your future work in higher education.
In the mid 1960's, Taylor University President Milo Rediger determined that student development personnel played a critical role in the educational process. With support from the faculty he came to two important conclusions:
- Student Development personnel were educators whose teaching extended beyond the classroom. Thus, they would be identified, trained, and positioned as members of the faculty.
- As educators and agents of community, Student Development professionals should be educationally equipped for the vital roles they performed.
Simply stated, the Rediger philosophy was that student affairs personnel were teachers whose classrooms were the residence halls, counseling offices, and student government meeting rooms of the campus.
For the past 50 years, this philosophy has not only shaped institutional operations but effectively enhanced community life at Taylor and is in large part responsible for the unique brand of whole person education for which Taylor has become known.