This online program prepares individuals to become leaders of 21st century institutions of higher education. This includes the positions of department head or director, dean, vice president or president. The curriculum, rich in theory and application, focuses on leadership, organizational development, the change process, and programs and services of highly effective institutions. During the first two years, each course requires a 6- to 8-hour practicum.
Faculty, full-time and adjunct, are current or retired higher education administrators. These include three presidents and three vice-presidential level positions plus highly qualified faculty in statistics and data analysis. Our professors are dedicated to helping students succeed. And succeed, they have: 62% of graduates have gotten new positions after completing the program. These include three presidencies, two executive vice presidencies, and numerous vice president, dean and department head positions.
The 2019 cohort was the ninth cohort admitted. All students in the first six have completed all courses; 76% have received the Doctorate of Education degree; 80% have completed year two of the program to earn their Educational Specialist degree.
How is the Program Structured?
Designed to be completed in three years and to suit the schedules of busy professionals, the program is delivered synchronously via Zoom on Saturdays. The program is 63 semester hours with 21 hours delivered each year. All courses are required to be taken in the semester offered. Two courses, each consisting of five class sessions, are taken each semester. In each semester there are five open Saturdays. The schedule is shared several months in advance so you can plan your weekends. There are no on-campus requirements. A new cohort is admitted each fall semester at which time each student is assigned a faculty advisor.
Students complete 42 hours of courses in the following areas:
- Leadership and organizational development
- Effective programs and services of a community college
- Traits of a highly successful community college
After passing the leadership portfolio presentation, you will begin work on your dissertation project, a problem-centered, action research project on a topic of interest to you and your institution. Your degree is complete when you finish 9 additional credit hours in developing the dissertation project, 12 credit hours in research for the dissertation project, and successfully complete and defend the project.