Higher Education Program

2017 Community College Leadership Cohort

Designed to prepare faculty, professional staff, and administrators for leadership positions.  The cohort will be limited to 15 members from a diverse mix of urban, suburban, and rural settings, and will begin in the fall semester of 2017.  Courses will meet virtually six Wednesdays from 5 to 10 pm, and in person one Saturday per month from 10 am to 3 pm in a location in Columbus to be announced.  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 Columbus, OH learning about community college leadership and policy issues, and the other academy will be in another country, where we will spend two weeks learning about short-cycle higher education leadership and policy issues.  All students participate in a policy internship course, where members work in groups on policy projects.

Information Sessions

Virtual Information sessions will be held on:

  •  Wednesday, April 12 : Noon - 1PM
  • Tuesday, April 25: 5 PM-6 PM
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Noon - 1PM

New session added: 

  • Wednesday, May 17th: 1PM - 2PM

If you are interested in attending the May 17th information session, please email Penny.Poplin.Gosetti@utoledo.edu.  A WebEx vedioconferencing invitation and instructions on how to join the meeting will then be sent to you.

Admissions Information and Application Materials

  • Community college work experience preferred.
  • 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 preferred 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.
  • A 1,000-word essay that discusses the most critical issue facing community colleges today, the reasons for choosing this issue, and the implications of the issue for the future of community colleges.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who can speak to your ability to conduct research and to write at the doctoral level.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.th

The deadline for admissions to the Community College Leadership Cohort is June 15, 2017.   This deadline has been extended to Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Future Community College Leadership Cohorts

The UT Higher Education program faculty will start a new Community College Leadership cohort every three years, with the next cohort starting in the fall of 2020.

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
  • Policy 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. Penny Poplin Gosetti
Coordinator, Doctoral Program
Department of Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, and Special Education
Gillham Hall 1000C, MS 954
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-2728
Last Updated: 6/5/18