Student Testimonials



Laura Cruz-Atrian
Laura Cruz-Atrian
Research Analyst
East Los Angeles College
The HEAL program has deepened my understanding about the current challenges in the field of higher education as a whole. The program’s hybrid format coupled with the content of each of the five classes provide a great learning opportunity for working professionals looking to expand their knowledge in the field of higher education. The leadership class resonated with me the most as it allowed me to reflect on my own leadership story. I reaffirmed my leadership abilities and understand the meaningful impact I will have on the lives of students as I progress in my career as an educational leader.

After twenty years in higher education focusing on budgets and personnel, I wanted to expand my knowledge of higher education administration.  The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) certificate program is the perfect vehicle to gain that knowledge.  I thoroughly enjoy the curriculum of higher education leadership, law, finance, and diversity, which is taught by an amazing team of faculty members who are dedicated to your academic success.  As a working professional, I appreciate the opportunity to learn from and work with colleagues from other fields and institutions.  The ability to apply the theory and principles learned in class within my professional environment is exciting.  I highly recommend this program to my colleagues.Anne-Marie Larrabure
Anne-Marie L. Larrabure
Senior Budget Analyst
Office of Academic Research and Resources
Cal Poly Pomona

LaKeysha Carter
LaKeysha Carter
Admissions Counselor
California State University, Long Beach
The HEAL program has been an exciting journey! I truly appreciate the connections I’ve made with colleagues in various divisions of higher education. Our cohort exchanged a wealth of knowledge and I am grateful for all the perspectives I have been exposed to. With the awareness I have gained in the program I have been able to contribute in new ways to conversations around significant changes on my own campus. Though I swore I was done with school after my Master’s program, I’m glad I choose to participate in this certificate program.

I have always appreciated learning and expanding my horizons. The Higher Education Administration and Leadership Certificate program allows me to do so. My class peers in the program are from multiple colleges and universities which fosters us all to consider diverse viewpoints and perspectives in both public and private education. Our constant interaction with each other through discussions of the course materials and topics has been meaningful and provides many opportunities for critical thinking and application of principles.  This has been a wonderful experience as I continue my professional and personal development. I highly recommend it to my colleagues.Michelle Clark
Michelle Clark
Director of Accounting
Chapman University

Becky Schlafer
Becky Schlafer

Director
Student Business Services

Chapman University
I was excited to get the news that I was admitted to the Higher Education Administration and Leadership program. I have been looking for something that encompasses the different areas of higher education and leadership, and this program really hits it all. It has been a blessing to be part of this program and learn from colleagues, guest speakers, and high quality professors. The HEAL environment provides real life situations that empower you to grow and to apply your knowledge to both your profession and your personal life. I definitely recommend this program.

As a student in the HEAL program, I had the opportunity to learn and grow as a higher education professional and gain from the professional diversity of my cohort, as well as develop the fundamental tools to be a successful leader of change. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in higher education. With amazing faculty, a great cohort, and courses that accommodate my work schedule, I feel empowered to apply the core aspects of the program towards making a lasting impact on the students I serve.

Kendrick Jones
Kendrick M. Jones
Enrollment Specialist
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Carolyn Gardner
Carolyn Caffrey Gardner
Information Literacy Coordinator
University Library
California State University, Dominguez Hills

The coursework for HEAL has helped me see connections in my work to that of the larger university environment. I have a better understanding of the entire university ecosystem and imagine that this knowledge will help me move further in my career as a higher education professional. Through participation in HEAL, I’ve had an opportunity to meet professionals from all levels of universities throughout Southern California, thus increasing my own professional network. Learning from current practitioners and professionals is my favorite part of the program!


The HEAL program was exactly what I was hoping for! My classmates and I have been able to engage with higher education professionals, as well as participate in relevant conferences. The curriculum allowed me to stay engaged with higher education in an academic setting while furthering my professional development. Being immersed in a focused certificate program after graduating from my master's program has allowed me to stay current in the research and have insightful discussions with colleagues from different campuses. The HEAL program continues to inspire me to make a positive impact on students and challenges me to continually think critically.Jacqueline Toy
Jacqueline Toy

Academic Advisor
University Honors Program
California State University, Long Beach