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Community College Leadership (Ph.D.)

The program has a strong reputation as an academically rigorous program that emphasizes executive-level leadership preparation. Students interact with some of the most important higher education leaders and policymakers in the U.S. while studying under the guidance of dedicated faculty members.

Community College Leadership (Ph.D.)


Description


What is Community College Leadership at ODU like?

The program has a strong reputation as an academically rigorous program that emphasizes executive-level leadership preparation. Students interact with some of the most important higher education leaders and policymakers in the U.S. while studying under the guidance of dedicated faculty members.

Program Highlights


What makes Community College Leadership at ODU unique?

  • Reputation: ODU is a high-quality, nationally-recognized program that enrolls community college leaders across the U.S.

  • Dissertation: Dissertation work starts day one and is supported through timely completion

  • Live Video Online: Live video courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings at times that let working professionals stay in their current positions while earning a high-quality degree

  • Team-Taught: Courses are team-taught by dedicated faculty and national community college leaders, as well as state and institutional guest speakers from across the U.S.

  • Summer Institute: Cohorts of community college leaders from across the U.S. gather once-a-year at our annual Summer Institute

  • Affordable: Our competitive tuition rates make the program worth the investment. Out-of-state students pay close to the in-state rate

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Education Administrators, All Other

$88,240

MEDIAN SALARY


All education administrators not listed separately.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Community College Leadership at ODU?

CCL 820:
Community College Leadership


FOR VCCS CCL STUDENTS ONLY

CCL 824:
COMM COLL FIN FUND RSC MGMT


An examination of the necessary financial knowledge and skills required for community college leaders through the exploration of how the mission and goals of the community college are directly connected to financial considerations. Course activities help prepare students to take leadership roles in budget decisions, development of state and local government appropriations, fundraising, resource management, and financial decisions that are based on data and realistic institutional goals. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the doctoral program or permission of the instructor.

CCL 826:
Community College Curriculum, Program Development, and Quality Assurance


A critical examination of community college curricula and program development. Students will develop the knowledge to understand and defend curricular issues related to developmental education, transfer education, career, technical and vocational education, continuing education, and general education. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the doctoral program or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Community College Leadership at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Community College Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Ph.D. applicants must apply by February 1st to begin in the summer semester. All applicants must have a completed Master's degree from a regionally accredited university.

  • Complete an online application;

  • Upload unofficial transcripts from previous educational institutions;

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT of at least 80.
    Applicants also upload supplemental materials including:
    •    A CV or resume that describes the your academic and professional background;
    •    1-page Statement of Purpose that addresses: What are your professional goals? Why do you wish to obtain a PhD?
    •    An original 2-page single-spaced academic writing sample on a current issue facing community colleges of interest to you that adresses: What is the issue? Why is it important to the field of community college research and practice?

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. At least one letter must come from a professor or an individual who describes the applicant's academic performance and writing ability. Letters from senior-level leaders that endorse the applicant's leadership potential are encouraged. Applicants will enter the emails for references in the online system, and references will be emailed a link to upload a letter of recommendation on letterhead and complete the online reference form.

  • Complete a phone interview.  The admissions committee composed of program faculty will review all applications then will select applicants for an interview via phone with the committee or committee member(s). Interviews will be used to determine final admissions decisions.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

David Ayers EdD, MSL


Location:

2325 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5163


For General Inquiries:

ccl@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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