The Higher Education Administration Ed.D. is one of the inaugural Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Programs in the nation. Founded by visionary Dr. James Wattenbarger, the father of the Florida Community College system, the program was created with a mission focused upon educating a much needed cadre of community college leaders. Today, that mission has expanded to include four-year institutional administration, while still maintaining our community college roots. The curriculum links research and practice to prepare professionals for careers and advancement as leaders within a wide variety of higher education contexts.
Built around the needs of the working professional, this cohort-based program offers the curriculum in a blended format. Classes are offered on-line, with students attending two or three weekend sessions per semester. These meetings are held in rotation at the University of Florida and additional colleges within the state of Florida, adding to the student’s cohort experience, connection to faculty support, and their professional network. Typically, the degree can be completed in four to five years of part-time study.