EDH 7916: Contemporary Research in Higher Education

Spring 2020

A course in quantitative research workflow for students in the higher education administration program at the University of Florida

Course information
Meeting location
Getting started

Course information

Instructor Benjamin Skinner, PhD
Office 2-230F (Norman Hall Annex)
Email btskinner <at> coe.ufl.edu
Phone 352.273.4296
Class Meeting Time Tuesday (5:10p - 8:10p)
Class Location 1-239 (Normal Hall)
Office Hours Tuesday (3p - 5p)

Required tools, software, and registrations

Students will be expected to bring a laptop to class. It does not matter whether the machine runs MacOS, Windows, or Linux; however, the student’s machine needs to be relatively up to date and in good running order. It needs to be able to connect to the internet during class.

All software is freely available. Students need to download and install a few programs on their machine. See getting started to find links for all required downloads.



There are no required text books for the course. All necessary materials are at this website or can be downloaded from external sources.

Students may find some of the following books / online resources helpful:


Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found here. Grades are assigned in accordance with current UF grading policies, which may be found here

Honor code

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states,

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.”

The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.


Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the disability Resource Center. It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.

Course evaluations

Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available here. Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or here. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students here.