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Program Contacts

Margaretta B. Mathis, Ph.D.
Senior Director, John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership, and Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Leadership
512-599-4322
mbmathis1@ksu.edu


Cynthia Tanner, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Programs and Projects, John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership
512-599-4322
ctanner515@ksu.edu

College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5525
785-532-7304 fax
edcoll@k-state.edu

Course Descriptions

EDACE 851 – The Historical and Contemporary Community College (1 credit hour)

The focus of this course is on the analysis of community college issues in the context of their historical development. Students will study the evolution of community colleges and how they were and are shaped by issues of the day. Students will become familiar with important historical events and seminal reports that shaped American higher education, in particular, community colleges. Students will develop analytical, communication, and leadership skills necessary for effective issue identification, communication, response, and management. Class topics will include the most significant national, state, and institutional issues of the past and those that are emerging as challenges for today's higher education leaders. Students will have opportunities to interact with some of today's most influential community college leaders and scholars.

EDACE 852 FIELD STUDY – The Historical and Contemporary Community College
(Two, 1 credit hour courses)

These paired on-line and face-to-face courses will focus on developing an understanding of historical and contemporary issues that have shaped and continue to impact community colleges. Students will develop and improve skills that are outlined in the leadership competencies published by the American Association of Community Colleges.

EDACE 853 – Making Good on the Promise of the Open Door: Access, Equity, Success (2 credit hours)

This course will explore the assets, experiences, and institutional challenges of community college students based upon personal characteristics such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexuality, disability, military status, and religion; and the national “best-practice” strategies currently being used to increase enrollment, persistence, and program completion for these diverse student groups. Students will assess the extent to which community colleges are “student-ready” based upon the assets and experiences of different student groups and the extent to which student success strategies effectively serve these same students.

EDACE 854 FIELD STUDY – Making Good on the Promise of the Open Door: Access, Equity, Success (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will provide an opportunity for students to reflect about challenges in changing community college cultures and structures from a traditional student-deficit model to a student-asset model accounting for the increasing diversity among community college students. Students will review and analyze information for team projects to best meet the challenges described.

EDACE 855 – Aligning Vision, Planning, and Resources (2 credit hours)

This course will study ways to understand, work with, and improve upon the financial model of community colleges, and will help develop skills needed to do so. Students will explore the financial implications of multiyear strategic plans, and development of multi-year financial plans. The course will study the relationships between strategic plans, financial plans, annual operating plans, resource development, and resource management of board-approved operating and capital budgets. We will examine choices available to leadership to increase traditional and nontraditional sources of revenue, while considering ways to contain costs without adversely influencing educational quality. Tuition pricing will be examined from a student’s perspective of affordability and access.

EDACE 856 FIELD STUDY – Aligning Vision, Planning, and Resources (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will expand the range of leadership competencies required of community college leaders through focusing attention on evidence-based strategic and financial planning, and budget management processes that have been proven to work. Students will acquire a basic understanding of revenue generation, cost containment, and practical applications of financial planning and budget management processes.

EDACE 920 – Educational Value Choices and Integrity (2 credit hours)

This course explores the prevalence of value choices confronting educational leaders in a community college setting, the influence personal values have on educational value choices, and the how educational leaders can maintain integrity in navigating the choices. This course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of ethical leadership and emphasizes individual student self-reflection and personal awareness development as a community college leader with integrity.

EDACE 921 FIELD STUDY – Educational Value Choices and Integrity (1 credit hour)

This online and face-to-face course focuses on the practical application of leadership integrity in approaching educational value choices within a community college setting.

EDACE 857 – Effective Leadership Theory (4 credit hours)

This on-line course will provide an essential introduction into leadership issues in higher education through individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational leadership theory and practical applications. Because the field of leadership behavior is emerging and continues to grow, you will review relevant concept models and theories from a variety of research and case studies.

EDACE 858 FIELD STUDY – Effective Leadership Theory (1 credit hour)

This face-to-face and on-line course will enable you to meet with many of the outstanding leaders in community college education throughout the country. These individuals will share with you national, state, and local challenges, accomplishments, and concerns they are facing daily. In addition, you will review and analyze information from the research and case studies to make recommendations individually and as a group as to how best meet the challenges described.

EDACE 859 – Effective Leadership Institute (1 credit hour)

Students will travel to three community colleges in their home (or nearby) state to meet daily with the Chancellor or President and leadership team for each college. In addition, students will also interact with a board of trustees member, state educational association leader, and other national community college leaders. Finally, students will also have the opportunity to hear from two recent doctoral program graduates who will share their dissertation journey.

EDACE 882 – Introduction to Educational Research (2 credit hours)

The purpose of this introductory research methods course is to introduce graduate participants to educational research methods, paying particular attention to the ways in which research can be used to understand and improve daily education practice, particularly in higher education. Throughout the course, key differences between qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and action research designs are highlighted, as are the nuances of data analysis for various methodologies. Finally, consideration of research ethics is given throughout the course, as is the potentially useful role that research technologies might have in supporting your research work.

EDACE 883 FIELD STUDY – Introduction to Educational Research (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research designs, their characteristics and their associated methodologies.

EDACE 991 – INTERNSHIP I (3 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the Adult Learning and Leadership-Community College specialization at Kansas State University are required to complete six credit hours of internship (Internship I and Internship II; 3 credit hours each) to apply and expand skills and knowledge designed to improve leadership abilities and opportunities.

EDACE 991 – INTERNSHIP II (3 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the Adult Learning and Leadership-Community College specialization at Kansas State University are required to complete six credit hours of internship (Internship I and Internship II; 3 credit hours each) to apply and expand skills and knowledge designed to improve leadership abilities and opportunities.

EDACE 863 – Creating a Culture of Evidence and Inquiry: From Enrollment to Outcomes (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to prepare senior administrators and aspiring leaders to develop and foster cultures of evidence and inquiry from enrollment to outcomes. Participants will consider how to develop and use robust common measures to benchmark and improve institutional performance. Because community colleges are increasingly pressured to demonstrate their performance to external audiences, the tool kit of the successful administrator must include the ability to critically analyze and evaluate research at the institutional (micro) and macro (state and national policy) levels.

EDACE 864 FIELD STUDY – Creating a Culture of Evidence and Inquiry: Enrollment to Outcomes (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will enable participants to engage with one another in furthering discussions about the readings. Through the field study, more attention will be placed on the quantitative and qualitative data elements needed to create a culture of evidence and inquiry and how to communicate them.

EDACE 861 – Fostering Desired Culture: Fundamentals and Strategies for Organizational Development (2 credit hours)

This course will focus on helping students to create organizational structures designed to thrive by fostering entrepreneurialism and innovation throughout the organization. This course will also focus on consideration of inclusion and equity in organizational design and development. Examining the importance of partnership development while applying elements such as design thinking, well-being and lean strategy into organizational design and development will be included in this course.

EDACE 862 FIELD STUDY – Fostering Desired Culture: Fundamentals and Strategies for Organizational Development (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will enable students to engage with one another and with outstanding community college leaders throughout the country. Students will review and analyze information from the research, discussions and guest speakers to make recommendations individually and as small teams as to how best address contemporary organizational challenges.

EDACE 922 – Policy Formation and Public Process (2 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough background to the principal public policy issues that are impacting American community college education. The structure of the course will provide an opportunity to fully explore the genesis, nature, impacts and potential results from a series of the most significant public policies that college leaders will need to address in this part of their careers. A significant part of that exploration will entail having participants examine and strengthen their own perspectives on the several policy areas and to have an opportunity to present their positions in simulated public policy environments.

EDACE 923 FIELD STUDY – Policy Formation and Public Process (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will enable students to apply the knowledge and skills gained from previous doctoral core courses to identify major issues and problems impacting the college/district and city/state/region it serves. Students will work in teams to envision and design a viable solution to address the identified problem, drawing upon previous core doctoral courses.

EDACE 924 – Effective Governance and Leadership (2 credit hours)

The Effective Governance and Leadership course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge required for contributing strategically and influencing others through thought leadership and practice (Hawkins, 2013, pp. 60-61) to address identified problems, develop, and implement a shared vision. The course is designed to build upon leadership competencies (American Association of Community Colleges (2018) and the knowledge, concepts, theories, and skills gleaned from previous doctoral core courses to develop viable solutions and plans for transformation to achieve identified goals.

EDACE 925 FIELD STUDY – Effective Governance and Leadership (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will provide participants an opportunity to gain a full understanding of the role and duties of the college board, the president, senior officers and other staff in the effective governance of the college. Particular emphasis will be given to the interactions between the entities, the compilation and sharing of relevant data to develop, support, or evaluate policies, the time needed to implement new policies, and the determinant of the cost of the policies.

EDACE 926 – Leadership for Transformation (2 credit hours)

This course will provide an essential introduction into the concepts and practices of introducing and implementing desired transformation in community colleges. Because the field of leadership behavior is emerging and continues to grow, you will review a relevant change theory (Kotter, 1996) to use as a lens for examining transformational leadership for initiatives among our nation’s community colleges.

EDACE 927 FIELD STUDY – Leadership for Transformation (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will enable you to meet with many of the outstanding leaders in community college education throughout the country. You will review and analyze information from the research and case studies to make recommendations individually and as a group as to how best meet the challenges described.

EDACE 928 – Designing a Comprehensive Plan for Success (2 credit hours)

This course will review the tenets of a leadership framework for entering a region and institution and implementing desired transformation in community colleges. Students will draw upon transformational and management strategies addressed in previous courses to develop a viable transformation solution that includes plans to achieve and evaluate an initiative relevant to the college/district and the communities, state, or region it serves.

EDACE 929 FIELD STUDY – Designing a Comprehensive Plan for Success (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course will provide an opportunity for students to reflect about challenges in introducing and institutionalizing desired culture change and effective best practices to develop the envisioned future. Students will review and analyze information for projects to best meet the challenges described. They will develop a presentation on a developed initiative that addresses the identified problem.

EDACE 970 – Dissertation Development: Starting the Journey (4 credit hours)

The purpose of the course is to assist students through the proposal and dissertation writing processes. All components of the dissertation will be addressed through classroom activities and field study assignments. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to identify and articulate the key steps in developing the dissertation proposal and dissertation. EDACE 986 Dissertation Development: Starting the Journey is 4 credits which includes Zoom sessions, Canvas discussion boards and papers.

EDACE 971 FIELD STUDY – Dissertation Development: Starting the Journey (2 credit hours)

These on-line and face-to-face courses offer the opportunity for students to deal with the theoretical and practical design of the dissertation and apply them to appropriate related research to writing the dissertation. These courses will help the candidate with the selection of the research topic under investigation and development of the argument that demonstrates the need for the study.

EDACE 930 – Implementing Leadership Competencies (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to identify the major competencies necessary to become a more effective and efficient leader and how these competencies align with those identified by the American Association of Community College Leaders (AACC). The course includes practical application of leadership, completing a self-assessment of core leadership competencies, and developing a personal leadership growth plan. Students will work in teams to develop a leadership institute that can be used in a community college setting.

EDACE 931 FIELD STUDY – Implementing Leadership Competencies (1 credit hour)

This on-line and face-to-face course is designed to identify the major competencies necessary to become a more effective and efficient leader and how these competencies align with those identified by the American Association of Community College Leaders (AACC). The course includes practical application of leadership, completing a self-assessment of core leadership competencies, and developing a personal leadership growth plan. Students will work in teams to develop a leadership institute that can be used in a community college setting.

EDACE 999 – Doctoral Research (1-18 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Sufficient training to carry on the line of research undertaken and consent of instructor.