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Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership

Since 1941, National American University has been providing quality technical and professional career education in a caring and supportive learning environment to undergraduate and graduate- level students. National American University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,, 800-621-7440.

The Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, which is the home of the College of Education, is a vital part of National American University. The Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) is guided by a national advisory board comprised of seasoned, community college professionals, all with decades of experience in the field. These are leaders who are nationally recognized for scholarship, teaching and learning excellence, and service to the community and technical college field.

The CCLP is offered through both an open cohort learning format which is delivered all online, and a blended-learning format which is delivered online and includes face-to-face sessions in all core courses.

Our cohort-based program addresses the competencies and characteristics identified as critical by institutions involved in community college leadership. The CCLP prepares senior administrators, faculty, and other aspiring leaders to tackle the multitude of complex issues impacting community and technical colleges (e.g., accountability, increasing enrollment – with students often under prepared for college, decreasing state support, closing achievement gaps, demand for increasing completion rates). Course topics focus on leadership issues in areas such as: history, mission, and emerging issues; leadership development and leading institutional transformation; ethics and educational value choices; educational analytics; policy, politics, and public affairs; planning, finance, and resource development; governance and administration; and, understanding the contemporary community college student. For more information, please see the Program Details page.