Adams State Higher Ed Administration & Leadership (HEAL) program

Master of Arts with an Executive Leadership Institute post-graduate certificate option*

Adams State's HEAL program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

Mission: Adams State Higher Education Administration and Leadership program prepares higher education professionals to manage and lead in institutions of higher education, especially Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and to enhance the success of the students they serve. Our mission works with the mission and goals of Adams State and the Graduate School. The Master of Arts and Executive Leadership Institution in Higher Education and Administration and Leadership program provides high quality courses that are rigorous, transferable at the graduate level, and reasonably priced.

[03/26/20]   Despite this global pandemic, and a temporarily closed campus, we are working remotely to support our HEALers and to ensure a smooth transition for the incoming Fall Cohort I.

Wonderful new things are planned for HEAL and the new cohort as we begin our 10th year!

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020, as well. A few spots remain. Don't delay, apply today. Any questions, please reach out to dr. f [email protected]

Stay safe! HEALers Rock!

[12/18/19]   Now accepting applications for Fall 2020. To apply visit

For more info contact Dr. Freeman [email protected]

HEAL supports our LGBTQ+ community!

This week may feel awful for your LGBTQ students. Show them some extra love.

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HEALer Victoria Garduño on HSIs. HEALers ROCK!

"CSU-Pueblo being an HSI means community. Community that I was a part of, and now able to give back to." - Victoria Obregon

Celebrate Hispanic Serving Institution week juntos (together) at CSU-Pueblo!


In 2017-2018, there were 523 #HSIs located in 27 states, Puerto Rico, and DC. Look at the complete list of HSIs on the Excelencia in Education website:

#HSIWeek #LatinoStudentSuccess

A Peace of My Mind

An important project completed at ASU this week...

We have shared some of the stories about the challenges and opportunities of talking about race that we gathered at Adams State University this week. The video is on A Peace of My Mind's Youtube channel if you'd care to check it out:

How Hispanic-Serving School Districts Are Supporting Well-Rounded Student Outcomes At the national level, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is increasing awareness among policymakers to better support the Hispanic-serving institutions that are a large and important part of the U.S. higher education system. As Hispanic students achieve success in higher e...

HEALers in South Texas at STC!

ASU master degrees among nation’s best

Exciting stuff happening at Adams State. Come check out the HEAL program. ALAMOSA – The graduate programs at Adams State University are getting attention.

It’s a HEALer kinda day! Student 1 for Cohort I...welcome Samantha!

Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators

See us here!

The AHSIE 11th Annual Best Practices Conference provides practitioners from current and emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions a forum through which they can share ideas, build partnerships, and influence the development of policies designed to increase student success and institutional effectiveness.

Have you registered yet? #AHSIE2019

Interesting new data.

HACU has released an analysis of 2017-18 academic year which shows HSIs across the nation total 523. The list of HSIs was created in conjunction with Excelencia in Education #HSIs

HEALers everywhere! Cohort E, Connor Dowd & dr f at the Columbus, Ohio airport. What a serendipitous thing.

Adams State Higher Ed Administration & Leadership (HEAL) program's cover photo

Adams State Higher Ed Administration & Leadership (HEAL) program

Come visit us in Austin for the TACHE conference!

[02/04/19]   HEAL will be here!

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - HACU accepting student applications for summer internships HACU representatives will also be visiting colleges and universities to speak to students about the Internship Program. Location updates will be made online here.

Now taking applications for Fall 2019--Cohort I. Be a part of this exciting program/network. Earn your masters degree in higher education leadership. Expand your opportunities!

ASU invites applications for master's degree in higher education leadership

Taking Applications for Fall 2018! Adams State University's Master of Arts degree program in Higher Education Administration and Leadership invites applications for a new cohort beginning in fall 2018.

Clifford Adelman, longtime higher ed researcher, 1942-2018

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of a great scholar and colleague, Clifford Adelman. Cliff spent an amazing career studying student access and success. His work has informed many other researchers, including myself.

Cliff was gracious enough to review a final draft of my dissertation before it went to committee. I remember being very nervous about his feedback. He was just so smart! But he helped me strengthen my study about vertical transfer. And for that I am always thankful.

RIP Cliff. A smart, opinionated researcher and interpreter of the higher ed enterprise dies at the age of 75.

[05/01/18]   HEAL is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Contact us to learn how an MA in Higher Education can benefit you!

Leadership Summit ~ 8/12/17


This is sooo great! Go grizz football 🏈!!!!

She's the first woman to ever sign a letter of intent to play college football at the Division II level or higher.

Additional photos from our successful and wonderful NASPA Conference!! Thank you Devin K. Kealey (photo guy) for the photos.

Come by our booth! We'd love to meet y'all!!!

Come by and visit our booth at the NASPA Conference in San Antonio!!!!

Home | 2017 NASPA Annual Conference

So Excited!! #NASPA17 Featured Speakers Cooper, Newsome, Mosier, Habib and Castro! Our Guiding Principles will shine through our Featured Speakers. Read the Featured Speakers' bios

Home | 2017 NASPA Annual Conference

We are headed to the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas! If you are interested in any programs - come on by and visit!!!! Here is more information:

HEAL - Adams State University

We offer an affordable two-year (36 credit hours), ONLINE master's degree with a low residency requirement. We are the only higher education administration master's program with a focus on Hispanic Serving Institutions!

If you know someone interested in earning a master’s degree or who might be a good fit for our program, please send us their contact information via [email protected]. Prepare yourself to become a leader in higher education. Take advantage of the stimulating and challenging online program we offer, while continuing to work.

[06/09/16]   Adams State University will do a Lunch & Learn presentation on Hispanic Serving Institutions and our Higher Education Administration and Leadership program at 11 and 12 today at San Antonio College, Oppenheimer Building, Room 325.

Adams State awarded $5.7 million in grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions

Adams State was the ONLY institution in the nation to receive both Title V grants most recently awarded, speaking both to our commitment to being Hispanic Serving and the quality of our Title V team. Adams State University was recently awarded more than $5.7 million through two federal Title V grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). These awards will bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $23.4 million.

New data gives pause on defining today's typical student - eCampus News

Data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows the vast majority of undergraduates are now classified as nontraditional - meaning they have at least one of the characteristics which tend to define nontraditional students - including having dependents, being a single caregiver, having delayed postsecondary enrollment, not having a traditional high school diploma, being employed full-time, attending school part-time, or are independent of their parents for financial aid reasons. NCES data shows what institutions have been scrambling to accommodate: massive numbers of “nontraditional” postsecondary students.

How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus

How do administrators handle these types of issues? College students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education.

AAC&U President Comments on Release of US Department of Education College Scorecard Our colleagues in the Department of Education want the best for American college students, we know. Leaders in our government, from the president on down, have benefited from a strong liberal education, both at public and private institutions.

Mentorships Crucial to Recruitment of Hispanics in Higher Ed Although there is a lack of organized mentorship groups for minorities, mentorships continue to play a vital role in the recruitment of Hispanics.

[09/02/15]   And we're off! Best wishes to our "F" cohort as they start their first semester of their master's program!

[07/27/15]   Our deadline for Cohort F beginning this fall is fast approaching and there is still room in the cohort. If you know of someone interested in earning a master’s degree or who might be a good fit for our program, please send their contact info to me at [email protected]. Our students often express how beneficial this program has been for their professional development and their careers. Please consider sharing this opportunity in your networks.

We offer an affordable two-year (36 credit hours), ONLINE master's degree with a focus on Hispanic Serving Institutions.

[07/02/15]   We're looking for a residential graduate assistant on Adams State's campus. Must be admitted into the Higher Education Administration and Leadership program and able to commit to one year (available for up to two years). This is a great place to gain experience while working on your master's degree! Email me at [email protected] for additional information.

Transforming White People Is Not the Job of Minority Students

As institutions, do we rely too heavily on students of color to educate us about their "minority" experience on a college campus? It is time for universities to acknowledge their students of color as more than potential learning tools and diversity statistics for white students and brochures to brag about.

[06/07/15]   We're preparing the next generation of leaders for the nation's HSIs! 2 years, 36 credit hours, 395 per credit hour, national faculty, cohort based. Applications for this year's cohort are due July 15th!

Adams State Graduate Commencement Ceremony is May 16

Congratulations to all of our graduates! Catch it on the live stream! The Adams State University Graduate Commencement Ceremony, for students receiving their master’s degrees, begins at 1:30 p.m. May 16, in Plachy Hall.

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo By Sudie Hofmann I recently came across a flier in an old backpack of my daughter’s: Wanted: Committee Chairs for this Spring’s Cinco de Mayo All School Celebration. The flier was replete with cu...

Folt believes she should keep her opinions private

Do administrators have the option of not being "the voice of the institution?" To Ayesha Faisal, most incoming freshmen have false expectations coming into UNC about what their time at the University will be like. dir

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - New analysis on Hispanic-Serving... In 2013-14, 12 percent of postsecondary institutions known as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), enrolled 60 percent of Latino undergraduates.

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