Impacting Education (Jul 2021)

An Approach to an Online EdD in Community College Leadership Program

  • Christine Harrington,
  • Kimberlee Hooper,
  • AnnMarie Hughes,
  • Eric Klein,
  • John Melendez,
  • Faraz Siddique,
  • Ellen Wasserman

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 6, no. 3
pp. 7 – 12


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The purpose of this article is to provide an example of how an EdD in Community College Leadership program is offered in an online format. First, the benefits of online programs, including increased access and flexibility for working professionals and higher levels of diversity among the student body are discussed. Then, several strategies to promote connection among students and to facilitate a supportive, engaging learning environment virtually are shared. For example, the value of using a cohort model, a carefully designed curriculum with assignments that have practical value, and a balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities is described. Finally, the important role of and strategies for incorporating models and mentors into an online doctoral program are discussed.