According to the American Association of Community Colleges (2010), community colleges, like many other American institutions, are experiencing a leadership gap as many current leaders retire. Moreover, the leadership skills now required have widened because of greater student diversity, advances in technology, accountability demands and globalization.
This specialization in community college leadership is intended to prepare leaders for service in one of the 1300+ institutions nation-wide serving more than 13 million students. (2012 Fact Sheet, AACC).
It is designed for students who are serving in and preparing for emerging leadership roles within the community college setting. Coursework empowers candidates to advance community colleges toward continued community service and educational excellence.
Offered as a specialization within the EdD and PhD program in leadership, this specialization focuses on the administration/leadership of community and two-year/junior colleges, as well as other post-secondary institutions. It explores and examines the policies, procedures, practices, and institutional issues, and the cultures and systems in which the leaders operate.
Across the curriculum, students will draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work. Additionally, students will be required to hone strong research skills and have a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making.
Grounded in topics related to higher education and community college systems in the United States, this specialization provides opportunities to explore the impact of globalization and technology on the community college system, faculty, staff and students.