NJCU Offers Innovative Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership

NJCU Offers Innovative Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership


Doctorate Is Responsive to Diverse Community Needs

New Jersey City University now offers a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership.

Aspiring leaders enrolled in this doctoral program will graduate prepared to build, lead, and advance community colleges that are responsive to diverse community needs and excel in recruiting and graduating diverse student populations.

Applications will be accepted in Fall 2018, with the first cohort of candidates commencing their studies in July 2019.

The 55-credit program will be offered in a hybrid model that includes blended courses, online courses, and face-to-face courses, delivered over a three-year curriculum that includes a summer residency requirement and an international study component.

NJCU President Sue Henderson announced the Community College Leadership doctoral program (CCL), stating, “This innovative doctoral program will build the leadership needed for ensuring excellence in community colleges, a sector of higher education that is vital to empowering diverse, underserved and underrepresented men and women, and closing achievement gaps. This Community College Leadership program clearly reflects our institutional commitment.”

The CCL doctoral program offered by NJCU will serve doctoral students with diverse career backgrounds, including those with experience in the leadership and administration of American or international two-year colleges.

Dr. Daniel J. Julius, NJCU Provost and Senior Vice President, said, “The Community College Leadership doctoral program is an exciting one that will be firmly grounded in research-based practices. It will position graduates for leadership roles in education globally. Graduates will have enormous potential to shape higher education and meet needs and challenges both in the U.S. and internationally.”    

The program is committed to research-based practices in recruiting and supporting doctoral candidates who have the potential to excel and to achieve the program goals. By modeling these practices throughout, the program will prepare its graduates to carry these advocacy practices into their future community college leadership positions.

The guiding objectives of the doctoral program in CCL are organized around four major strands:

  • Community College Leadership based on the Community College Standards identified by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC);
  • Cultural/Global Competence;
  • Financial and Entrepreneurial Leadership;
  • Technology Standards for Administrators.

The Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership is the third doctorate offered at NJCU; a Doctorate in Education in Educational Technology Leadership and a Doctorate of Science in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy are also offered.

For more information on the Community College Leadership doctoral program at NJCU, contact Dr. John Melendez, CCL Doctoral Program Coordinator, at jmelendez@njcu.edu, or visit www.njcu.edu/CCLDoctorate.