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Our Values

The effectiveness of leaders at any level and in any setting rests on competence and conscience. Technical knowledge and skill are placed in action at the service of core values, which are premier design instruments for organizational cultures and climates. Honoring these core values promotes leadership effectiveness. Neglecting these values takes clients and organizations in harm’s way and diminishes the promise and performance of those who give voice and meaning to educational organizations. The values upon which all programs are built and which guide the teaching and learning in the department include:

Civility—Affirming the power of human dignity and diversity

CandorRespecting the power of public forum and the role of dissent and debate

Courage—Acting on conviction and linking belief to action

Responsibility—Accepting care for one’s actions and decisions

Compassion—Caring for person and principle and hold high expectations

Community—Respecting diversity while developing and agenda of common caring

Persistence—Accenting long range goals and staying the course in face of hardship

Service—Placing the welfare and promise of others before self

Excellence—Calling individuals and organizations to high standards of performance

Justice—Ensuring equity in opportunity and recognition


Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. We are proud of our more than 60-year history of preparing educational administrators, policy scholars, and faculty. We offer a graduate program in Educational Administration (PreK–12), including a principal licensing certificate, MS, EdS, and PhD programs.  We also offer graduate programs in higher education administration, an MS degree in college student personnel, and a PhD in higher education administration.

On this website, you’ll be able to learn more about all of our programs and centers—the Center for Educational Leadership and the College Access and Persistence Services (CAPS) Outreach Center—and find the name and contact information for the coordinators of these various programs.

Norma T. Mertz, EdD
Department Head

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