Community Colleges Concentration

Community Colleges Concentration in Ed.D. in Higher Education

This concentration equips professionals to expand and enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes to serve as effective faculty and administrative leaders at two-year colleges.

Program Highlights

Hybrid Instructional Delivery

Adopting an accelerated delivery model, courses during the fall and spring semesters are designed in a 7-week format blending the flexibility of asynchronous online learning with the benefit of synchronous real-time instruction. In each seven-week course you will attend online face-to-face classes through web-conferencing in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7. Courses scheduled during the summer follow a 5-week format, with synchronous class sessions in weeks 1, 3 and 5.

The 54-credt program is designed to be completed in four years or less. Generally, students take six credits, or two courses, per semester sequentially.

Study Higher Education and Specialize in Community Colleges

The foundational curriculum for the doctoral program allows you to study broadly in the field of higher education. The specialty courses in community colleges cover various topics instrumental for leadership in two-year institutions, helping you develop knowledge and skills specific to academic and leadership assignments in community colleges.

Learning outcomes specific to the Community College Concentration

  • Purposes and Practice – Demonstrate knowledge of the profile, issues, strategies, and practices of two-year institutions reflecting the varied constituents impacting or impacted by this area of the higher education community
  • Roles, Responsibilities, & Governance – Evidence in-depth knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and governance of faculty and administration in community colleges
  • Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness – Demonstrate knowledge of the science of learning assessment and institutional effectiveness and best practices for institutional change and innovation in community colleges
  • Advancement of Administration and Learning – Contribute to the advancement of administration and/or student learning effectiveness at community colleges through intellectual inquiry and scholarship.

Dissertation Research Support

You will focus your research on a topic you select, focused on issues critical to administration and/or instruction in community colleges. Your dissertation committee chair will be a highly qualified scholar-practitioner with expertise in the field you select for your research topic.


Courses specifically designed to support the Administration and Instruction Concentration include:

  • HED 715 Change and Innovation in Higher Education (3)
  • HED 725 Finance and Strategic Planning (3)
  • HED 732 Assessment of Student Learning (3)
  • HED 757 The American Community College (3)
  • HED 820 Applied Field Experience in Community Colleges (3)


You will complete a field experience at a community college, in an area of administration and instruction focused on a segment of the academic environment in which you have particular interest and/or desire to advance a particular expertise.

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