Community College Leadership Online Doctorate Degree
National American University’s community college leadership (CCLP) program offers an online doctorate degree that prepares administrators and faculty for leadership positions in community and technical colleges. Students will engage with community college experts and national leaders to address emerging college, district, or system issues. Part of The Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, the program empowers students to meet a wide variety of challenges in their careers as practitioner/scholars.
Online Open Cohorts and Blended-Learning Institution and Regional Cohort Options
To address the needs of a variety of potential doctoral candidates, the CCLP is offered through an online open cohort and a blended-learning format for institutional and regional cohorts:
- The online open cohort model is available to students nationwide, no matter their home location, and is delivered 100% online. Each cohort is comprised of 15 to 20 students, taught by community college experts and features teamwork with interaction, topical webinars and two residency courses for on-site observation of college leaders and data collection.
- The blended-learning institution and regional cohorts incorporate a combination of face-to-face and online sessions. Cohorts of approximately 18 to 20 students are currently being developed nationwide; each focuses on a specific institution or geographic region. The program features 14 courses taught by college experts, teamwork with interaction, topical webinars and sessions with travel to observe college leaders and collect data.
The doctoral CCLP degree consists of:
1. Completion of 60 credit hours of doctoral studies comprised of:
- 33 credit hours of core coursework
- 12 credit hours of research and culminating capstone coursework
- Nine credit hours of advanced doctoral practice (including a practicum and advanced leadership institute)
- Six credit hours of dissertation preparation
2. Successful completion and defense of a dissertation
Students are expected to complete the doctoral degree within five years of beginning the CCLP doctoral program, however many students complete in less time.
Graduates of the program will:
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of emerging issues, leadership, organizational development, and institutional transformation.
- Enhance understanding about developing a culture of evidence and inquiry; demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize institutional data; and communicate about, interpret, and apply data for decision making at the institution, program, and course levels.
- Advance understanding of strategic and master planning, staff planning, facilities planning, funding issues, resource development and allocation, strategic partnerships and alliances that align with mission and goals.
- Utilize knowledge about assessing institutional readiness, improving outcomes, cultivating public awareness and political commitment, and developing institutional capacity and commitment to introduce, foster, and sustain a student learning, equity, success, and completion agenda.
- Demonstrate the professional oral, behavioral, written, and listening communication skills required of executive-level leaders operating in different religious, political, and legal systems.
- Possess an understanding about involving key stakeholders in addressing ethical issues and creating policies, programs, and practices to enhance multicultural diversity in the faculty and in the student population.
- Exhibit an understanding of board dynamics and board and CEO roles and responsibilities in analyzing and establishing policies, priorities, goals, and implementing effective governance and operational practices.
- Evaluate the effectiveness and progress of an institution operating in local, district, state, national, and global environments.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan, confer about, execute, and assess programs and major initiatives.
- Utilize technology in multiple ways to achieve initiative and/or institutional goals.
- Understand team dynamics, how to build and develop effective leadership teams, and elicit stakeholder involvement.
- Understand human relations issues including employment, goal setting, evaluation, discipline, and professional development.
- Communicate and advocate effectively with media and local, state, and federal policy makers.
The majority of courses are offered sequentially over two, eight-week periods in a trimester so doctoral students may focus on one course at a time. Core courses are structured with three credit hours, including 45 hours of instruction per course, and approximately two hours of student and group work for each one-hour of instruction assigned; or, 90 hours of out-of-class student work for a course. This commitment represents approximately 16–18 hours per week for each eight-week, three-credit-hour course.
The additional nine hours of instruction may include a combination of:
- Supervised and/or structured college visits
- Zoom sessions
- Teleconference with local, state, and national leaders
- Interactive online using a variety of technologies
- Interactive teamwork and practical applications
To be completed prior to taking the capstone course, the advanced doctoral practice courses, or defending the dissertation.
ED8000 Community College History, Mission, and Emerging Issues
ED8106 Leadership Development
ED8200 Managing Change – Leading Institutional Transformation
ED8300 Organization Design and Development
ED8400 Ethics and Values
ED8500 Governance and Administration
ED8600 Planning, Finance, and Resource Development
ED8700 Policy, Politics, and Public Affairs
ED8800 Education Analytics
ED8900 Understanding the Contemporary Community College Student
ED9000 Introduction to Research Methodology
ED9020 Designing and Shaping the Dissertation
ED9600 Practicum I
ED9601 Practicum II
ED9700 Advanced Leadership Institute
ED9800 Dissertation Proposal
ED9900 Dissertation Completion
If a student is unable to complete ED9800 or ED9900 within a trimester, the student may sign up for a Dissertation Proposal Extension (ED9801 or ED9802), or for a Dissertation Completion Extension (ED9901 or ED9902) course.
Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.