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Doctoral Program (more details)

Students in the Doctoral program critically examine, and strive to bring about change through action-oriented inquiry into:

  • existing programs and institutions;
  • innovative models and practices;
  • the social/cultural/political conditions that influence institutions and programs, local communities, and professional practices; and
  • the creative potential of new kinds of learning and teaching processes.

These educational processes may directly or indirectly influence students; educators; professionals in community services, public policy or counseling; clients of community organizations and professionals; and the general population. Examples of areas of concern to WISR Doctoral students are:

  • multicultural education,
  • community-based adult literacy programs,
  • health education in the face of health disparities,
  • the educational effectiveness and social impact of grassroots organizations as well as self-help groups,
  • the professional, continuing education of counselors concerned with personal and global trauma,
  • confronting the challenges and social inequities facing people in impoverished countries and disenfranchised communities,
  • creative and effective strategies of intellectual activism, and
  • the educational practices in formal school and college settings.

The Doctoral program in Higher Education and Social Change has graduated dozens of students, who have since distinguished themselves as authors of books, college professors, intellectual and social activists, and community and professional leaders since the first person enrolled in 1976.