In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized the role of community colleges in training a skilled national workforce. The White House Summit on Community Colleges pointed to enrollment growth at community colleges that has topped 20 percent in recent years.
Meanwhile, the American Association of Community Colleges has identified an “impending leadership crisis” at community colleges due to the number of retirements of faculty leaders and senior administrators. And in Indiana, community colleges are aggressively partnering with employers to identify the skills needed to prepare the local work force to compete in a competitive global economic environment.
Such factors mean that opportunities for advancement in the community college system are developing quickly.
Ball State is in a unique position to support those who work in today’s community colleges. Our Teachers College has played a major role in placing educators in today’s classrooms around the world and has graduated many alumni into significant community college leadership roles across the country.
In fact, the university has created a Community College Leadership Advisory Board that provides our program with special insight into this area of higher education. And it means you benefit from the only doctoral program in Indiana with a concentration on community college leadership. Ball State University is the destination of choice for Indiana’s community college educators.
Whether you are a college or university faculty member (adjunct or full time) or an administrator in academic advising, financial aid, or student affairs, our new emphasis in community college leadership can help you with your next career transition.
Selecting the community college leadership major will provide you with small classes offered at convenient times for working professionals with busy lives, cohort-like seminar experiences that will provide you with a team of doctoral student colleagues, and high-caliber mentoring from faculty and current community college leaders, all of whom are eager to share their expertise with you.