Doctorate of Community College Leadership Applications Being Accepted for 2011 Cohort

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011 Doctorate in Community College Leadership cohort; a new Ferris State University degree program that was launched in June 2010 and enrolled an inaugural cohort of 29 students from 10 community colleges throughout Michigan.

“Community colleges are, by necessity, agile institutions,” said former Ferris president Robert Ewigleben. “Students graduating from this program will demonstrate the skills necessary to lead these responsive institutions. The national advisory board of pre-eminent community college leaders wanted a program that would address the real world of a leader in today's community college, and Ferris is providing it. In five years, graduates from this program will be leaders of distinction across the country.”

Roberta Teahen, associate provost, concurred that Ferris is committed to offering a distinctive program designed to produce exceptional community college leaders.

“We have designed a program with the guidance of a distinguished National Advisory Board … to be relevant, rigorous, convenient and effective,” Teahen said. “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.”

Ferris’ three-year Ed.D. program is tailored to the needs of full-time working adults. Most of the program is online with one weekend meeting for each fall and spring class and a one-week summer face-to-face session.

The program’s emphasis is practice informed by theory. Issues and problems within the courses are pertinent through the involvement of community college leaders as course developers and instructors.

The Admissions Committee will review applications as they are received. The final deadline for consideration is April 15, 2011. Orientation begins June 3 and the five-day face-to-face first courses will commence June 5, 2011. Program courses cover areas that include finance, technology, leadership, resource development, marketing, teaching and learning, policy, and leadership.

The Higher Learning Commission has extended its review of Ferris to include the DCCL program.

For more information contact program coordinator Andie Wirgau at (231) 591-2710 or email the program directly at  The program website is available at

23 February, 2011