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2015 Michigan Community College Leadership Cohort


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2015 Michigan Community College Leadership Cohort

Designed to prepare mid-level faculty and administrators in community colleges in Michigan for senior-level positions.  Applicants must be working at a Michigan public two-year college.  The cohort is limited to 15 members from a diverse mix of urban, suburban, and rural two-year colleges, and begins in the spring semester of 2015.

Courses meet virtually six Thursdays from 5 to 10 pm, and in-person at Schoolcraft College in Livonia one Saturday per month from 10 to 3 pm.  All students are required to participate in two 2-week summer leadership academies -- one in the US, where we will spend one week in Washington, DC and one week in Lansing, MI learning about community college leadership and policy issues, and the other academy will be in China, where we will spend two weeks learning about higher vocational college leadership and policy issues.  All students are also required to participate in an internship course, where members work in groups on a project supervised by a senior leader of a Michigan community college.

Admissions Information

  • Currently employed at a Michigan two-year college.
  • A completed College of Graduate Studies admissions form.
  • A baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited institution, with a preferred minimum GPA of 2.7.
  • A master's degree granted by an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  • A letter indicating your commitment to pursuing a career in the field of higher education, and a description of your potential research topic for dissertation study.
  • A 1,000-word essay that discusses the most critical issue facing two-year higher education today, the reasons for choosing this issue, and the implications of the issue for the future of two-year higher education.
  • Two letters of reference, including at least one from a faculty member who can speak to the ability of the applicant to conduct research and to write at the graduate level.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.

The deadline for admissions has been extended to Friday, February 13, 2015.

Cohort Highlights

  • Each course meets virtually on six Thursdays from 5 to 10 pm, and once a month on a Saturday at Schoolcraft College in Livonia MI from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Required participation in a two-week US Community College Summer Leadership Academy in Washington, DC and Lansing, MI, and a China Summer Leadership Academy in several provinces in China
  • Required administrative internship where cohort members work in groups on a project supervised by a senior leader of a Michigan community college

Future Michigan Community College Leadership Cohorts

Given the growing need in Michigan for training in the area of community college leadership, the UT Higher Education program faculty will start a new doctoral cohort at Schoolcraft College every four years, with the next cohort starting in the fall of 2019.

Cohort Classes

  • History of Higher Education
  • Research in Higher Education
  • Student Development Theory
  • The Community College
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Finance of Higher Education
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Community College Leadership
  • Federal and State Policy
  • Personnel Management
  • Critical Issues in Higher Education
  • International Higher Education
  • Internship
  • Quantitative Research
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Concept Paper Seminar
  • Literature Review Seminar
  • Dissertation

Total Credits:  61 credit hours 

Contact Information

Dr. Ron Opp
Coordinator, Higher Education Doctoral Program
Department of School Psychology, Higher Education, and Counselor Education
Health and Human Service Building, Room 1300A
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-2695


Last Updated: 3/23/15