At Ferris State University, we are excited to offer the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program, which was launched in June 2010, when we enrolled an inaugural cohort of 29 students from 10 community colleges throughout Michigan. We are presently recruiting for the 2013 cohort, in Michigan and beyond, so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know!
As our program grows, we will be expanding this site to include important information for community college leaders. We will be posting some of our students' and faculty papers, producing newsletters, highlighting events, and expanding on critical issues. If you have ideas you would like to see here, please let us know that too!
Our commitment is to continue to offer a distinctive program that produces exceptional community college leaders. We have designed a program with the guidance of a distinguished National Advisory Board, whose profiles will be found in the “Our Talent” section of this website. The program is designed to be relevant, rigorous, convenient, and effective. By the end of this three-year program, students will be able to articulate the ways in which they will be able to demonstrate the program's outcomes, that include advocating and advancing mission, developing and executing strategy, and driving an institutional effectiveness culture, among others. Look for the complete list of planned outcomes under the “Our Program” link.
I am personally honored to serve as the Director of this program. I often introduce myself as a “proud graduate” of a community college, where I learned much of what I use each day of my life in writing, thinking, presenting, analyzing, and interacting. My community college education served me well. In addition, I spent more than 30 years in various community college roles, starting as an adjunct faculty member and serving as a full-time business faculty member, division director, and dean. My work at Ferris has enabled me to continue to work with exceptional community college colleagues across the nation, and leadership of this program will broaden these opportunities.
There has never been a time, in my experience, when community colleges have the ability to contribute so much to the renewal of our nation. The faculty and graduates of this community college leadership doctoral program will be contributing to this important journey.
Roberta C. Teahen, Ph.D., DCCL Director
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