The University of Denver (DU) and Morgridge College of Education (MCE) pride themselves on their ability to make diversity and inclusion a key part of their commitments, work environments, administrative structures, and staffing practices. The Higher Education Program (HED) at MCE infuses these concepts into its curriculum and strives to produce graduates with a passion for social justice in all of its forms.
In response to this, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has recognized DU, and subsequently MCE, as one of 2016’s Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.
The Selection Process
The nominees are selected based on the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at Ohio State University.
The CHEE makes their selection based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated commitment to institutional mission and strategic plan
- Available and involved senior student affairs leadership
- Formal and informal recognition of good work
- Institutional and practical support of work/life balance
- Intentional investment in the development of student affairs staff
The CHEE is an interdisciplinary research and policy center that promotes the role post-secondary education plays in global society, especially the roles and responsibilities of public higher education. CHEE is committed to improving student success by doing research, policy analysis, and outreach that will help make higher education more accessible, affordable, and engaged.
Higher Education at MCE
Students in the HED program develop unique competencies intended to serve the diverse needs of higher education organizations and contribute to the national landscape of higher education policy. During their time in the program, students become deeply involved in DU’s higher education system as they learn to apply their education to the real world. The majority of students secure an internship or graduate assistantship in an administrative unit at DU. The Student Life Office on campus is one of the most popular units for students to work in.