Higher Education Program

2019 Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort

This doctoral cohort-based program is 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 spring semester of 2019. Two 8-week courses are offered back to back each semester. Each course meets virtually six Tuesdays from 5 to 10 pm, and in person two Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm in a location to be announced.  All students are required to participate in two 2-week summer leadership academies that focus on college  and university leadership and policy issues -- one summer in the US, where we will spend one week in Washington, DC and one week in Columbus, OH, and one summer abroad (country TBA) for two weeks.  All students participate in a policy internship course, where members work in groups on policy projects. 

Cohort Courses

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  • History of Higher Education (HED8010)
  • Research in Higher Education (HED8570)
  • Student Development Theory (HED8530)
  • The Independent College (HED8830)
  • Outcomes Assessment (HED8770)
  • Finance of Higher Education (HED8700)
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education (HED8730)
  • Governance and Administration (HED8640)
  • Federal and State Policy (HED8030)
  • Personnel Management (HED8790)
  • Critical Issues in Higher Education (HED8850)
  • 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 


  • 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, whether or not a degree was granted.
  • A letter indicating your reasons for and commitment to pursuing a doctoral degree and a career in the field of higher education.
  • A 1,000-word essay that discusses the most critical issue facing four-year colleges today, the reasons for choosing this issue, and the implications of the issue for the future of four-year colleges.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who can speak knowledgeably about your ability to conduct research and to write at the doctoral level.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.

We will begin accepting applications to the Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort on January 15, 2018.

The deadline for admissions to the Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort is October 19, 2018.

Interviews will be held the first week in November, 2018, with admission decisions being made shortly thereafter.

Information Sessions

Virtual Information sessions will be scheduled for May, August, and September of 2018.

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: 9/28/17