Dynamic. Affordable. Rigorous. Practitioner-focused. Relevant. These attributes
describe the established Doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State
University, a premier public university in Michigan with a career-oriented focus.
Graduates and current students cite the cohort model and three-year program plan
as key strengths. Additionally, courses are primarily taught by practicing community
college leaders and the program continuously adapts to the changing contexts in
Courses include resource development, learning, policy, planning and leadership.
Multiple dissertation options exist.
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Doctorate in Community
Empowering graduates to advance community colleges
toward excellence and community responsiveness
through exemplary leadership
We also continue the important work
of the Sustainability Education and
Economic Development (SEED) initiative.
SEED aims to advance sustainability and
green workforce development practices
at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources and building the capacity of community college
administrators, faculty and staff to grow
the green economy.
In 2015, we received a substantial
grant from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation to continue work
on critical needs identified in the 21st-
Century Commission on the Future
of Community Colleges report. The
Pathways Project is focused on building capacity for community colleges
to design and implement structured
academic and career pathways at scale,
for all of their students. As a multi-year project administered by AACC in
partnership with Achieving the Dream,
Inc., the Aspen Institute, the Center for
Community College Student Engagement,
the Community College Research Center,
Jobs for the Future, the National Center
for Inquiry and Improvement and Public
Agenda. I am proud that we are leading
efforts to help develop tools and resources
to implement programs at colleges across
the country to increase student success.
The Pathways Project work will continue
in 2016 and beyond.
CCJ You mentioned that there is still
“work to do” for AACC. What do you
see in the coming year as focus points
for the association?
WB I am so proud of what was accomplished in 2015, but 2016 is going to be an
exciting year for AACC. In addition to
the continuing Pathways Project, AACC
is also leading a project that will serve
to develop a national credentialing
model. Funded by Lumina Foundation,
the Right Signals initiative will work to
reconcile multiple, quality credentials
to send “the right signals” to employers,
students and colleges about the meaning
of these credentials.
We are also looking at 2016 as our
“Camelot Moment.” In recent years,
community colleges have been
recognized for their contributions to
the economic and social viability of
the country. At AACC, we believe that
we are uniquely positioned to take
advantage of the spotlight to continue
to forward the needs of our community
colleges. This year we will continue to
serve our members by focusing on the
work that I have already mentioned in
addition to efforts in college readiness,
institutional transformation, develop-
mental education redesign and campus
safety issues. As you can see, 2016
promises to be busy.