ABOUT THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION
LR’s Master of Arts in Community College Administration offers a fully online transformative graduate experience: a mix of innovative program design and unmatched community college content. It incorporates the leadership competencies set forth by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Students may choose to complete the full degree program, or select either of two certificate options: the Certificate in Community College Administration or the Certificate in Community College Instruction.
The program is designed with the working adult in mind. As it is delivered fully online, learners have access from anywhere in the world to carefully designed coursework and engaged, expert faculty with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the community college system. Students may begin any semester (summer, fall, or spring term). And as a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time.
This graduate degree in Community College Administration is the ideal program for individuals seeking to advance or to enter any of the many professional roles in the community or technical college systems. The program emphasizes exposure to a variety of community college and higher education administration issues, programs, and services. Faculty work with students from the moment that enter the program to help them craft their career paths and identity their professional needs. Students who complete the degree graduate prepared to serve as accountable, innovative, and informed leaders in their college settings with a rich understanding of their profession.
The curriculum will prepare students to demonstrate specific knowledge regarding community college administration and leadership, enabling them:
- Identify, understand and adopt best-practice skills and models in community college organizational and leadership development, services for special populations, financial aid, policy and planning, admissions, marketing and promotion, evaluation, accountability and philosophy, learning skills development, counseling, finance, curriculum design, legal issues, and distance learning.
- Think critically and ethically about the purposes, design, functions and character of community college organizations and their service to society.
- Develop effective decision-making, leadership, management, and analytical skills.
- Examine the issues of governance in community colleges and institutional adaptation to the changing environment.
The 33-hour degree program integrates foundational courses with an Administration, Organization, and Leadership emphasis and a Professionalism component to expose students to a breath of community college and higher education issues. Classes cover a wide array of issues affecting community colleges today: its role in higher education; the adult learner; budget and management; law and ethics; assessment; technology; design and development of curricular and co-curricular programs; and leadership and administration. Additionally, students complete an intensive internship (which may include field projects at their home institutions, as appropriate). Courses emphasize the seminar setting, where adult students collaborate, discuss, present, and explore issues.
Also available are graduate certificates in both Community College Administration and in Community College Teaching. These 18-hour programs are excellent supplements for persons seeking professional advancement relative to their specific areas of interest.