Higher Education Summer Seminars

Practical learning, efficiently delivered

The Lynch School's engaging, practice-oriented summer short courses are geared towards higher education professionals and graduate students seeking professional renewal, new skills and knowledge, and career advancement. These courses are likely to be of interest to Lynch School students across all departments. The seminars are held on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. The courses, which can be taken individually or as a set, are taught by experienced, dynamic senior administrators and faculty from Boston College and other regional institutions.


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Short courses relevant for anyone in higher education. Take them all, or just one.  Students can take the professional development courses for credit or non-credit. 

ELHE 7305-01 Transgender Issues in Higher Education

May 19-20, 2017

Noelle P. Roop, Ed.D., School Psychologist, Boston Public Schools
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Education, Tufts University 

This course will provide an in-depth look at the experiences of transgender students on college campuses, as well as the institutionalize challenges that shape those experiences. Participants will be introduced to the topic through research, popular media, and case studies of individual transgender college students. Participants will then be guided through the macro, systems issues facing transgender students using an Activist-Change Framework to develop institution-specific action plans. This course will be a combination of lecture, group work, and exploratory learning to provide all learners with a deeper understanding of the experiences of transgender students. This course is ideal for mental health clinicians, educators and students and practitioners interested in creating systems change for marginalized populations.

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS. 

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

ELHE 7307-01 Student Experiences of Physical Campus Environments 

June 2-3, 2017

Barbara Jones, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, Boston College

“We shape our buildings and then they shape us.”  Winston Churchill.  When we ask students why they chose a particular university we often hear, “it just felt right.”  Why do students choose to leave or persist at a particular university?  Why are some residence halls prone to vandalism?  Why do some students find it easy to engage with the campus and others find it difficult?  This course will focus on how the elements of the environment interact with the characteristics of the students to create the culture of the campus.  Using a multidisciplinary approach to identify physical elements of the campus setting that influence behavior, we will explore different aspects of the campus including the role of physical artifacts in campus communication, culture and behavior.  Participants will learn components of campus ecology assessment and have the opportunity to explore and identify elements of the physical campus that can influence behavioral messages to students.  The course will be both theoretical and applied.

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

ELHE 7308-01 Working with International Students 

June 9-10, 2017

Laura Rumbley, Ph.D, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of the Practice, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College 

Adrianne Nussbaum, M.A., Assistant Dean and Director, Office of International Students, Boston College 

In 2015/2016, the United States topped the one million mark, for the first time ever, in the number of international students hosted on US college and university campuses. This development, combined with a robust population of short- and long-term visiting scholars and researchers, highlights the United States’ position as the most popular destination country globally for internationally mobile students and academics. Serving this growing and diverse population has taken on new and complex dimensions in recent years, with implications for institutional leaders, faculty, and staff at all levels. This course will provide participants with a grounding in the fundamentals of international student and scholar services, ranging from an orientation to the major trends in student and scholar mobility affecting the United States, to an overview of practical matters governing effective support services design and delivery. Ideally suited for early practitioners working directly in international student and scholar support roles, this course may also be useful for anyone looking for greater insight into the most important inbound mobility trends and issues affecting US higher education, and their practical implications.

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

ELHE 7309-01 The Black Power Movement and Higher Education 

June 16-17, 2017

Vanessa D. Johnson, Ed.D., Associate Professor & Director, College Student Development and Counseling Program, Northeastern University 

This course explores the impact of the Black Power Movement (1965-1975) on American colleges and universities.  Following a grounding in the history of the movement and its relationship to the Civil Rights Movement, students will explore impacts of Black Power on contemporary higher education. The course traces how the movement led to ideologies, scholarship, practices, and terminology that provided new lenses through which institutions of higher education viewed racism, cultural identity and college student development.  These lenses led to Negro college students not only adopting a Black identity but making demands on campuses that manifested in curricula, programs, and services. Responses to these demands outlived the Black Power Movement, ushering in the inclusion of other affinity groups in higher education and creating the cultural pluralism that we currently experience on college and university campuses.

The course covers the Black Power Movement’s impact on contemporary Blacks on college campuses, as well as White college students’ support for Black power. It also considers current challenges to Black Power on campuses from legislation and institutional policy and practices. The course features pictures, video, and case studies that help students to understand the successes and challenges to Black Power on campuses historically and contemporaneously. 

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS. 

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

Four Summer Short Courses 2017


May 19 & 20

Transgender Issues in Higher Education


June 2 & 3

Student Experiences of Physical Campus Environments 



June 9 & 10

Working with International Students 


June 16 & 17

The Black Power Movement and Higher Education