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Graduate Certificate in Community College Administration & Leadership Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview: 

What is the significance of a Graduate Certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership from Drexel University? 

Applicants: 

Who should apply to the Graduate Certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership program? 

Job Placement: 

What types of careers are specific to the Community College Administration and Leadership area? 

Why choose Drexel’s certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership? 

The Drexel Difference: 

Why choose Drexel University? 

Financial Assistance: 

What type of tuition support is available for Drexel students? 

Military Tuition: 

I am a current/former member of the U.S. Military, do I receive any educational benefits? 


What is the significance of a Graduate Certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership from Drexel University? 

The Higher Education program’s certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental competencies expected of Community College Administrators. With the growth of community colleges within higher education, it is becoming increasingly important to have an understanding of their unique position. The coursework helps students to develop an understanding of the current issues and trends to be forward-thinkers in meeting the challenges facing community colleges in higher education. Completion of the program will lead to a Drexel certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership. This is not the same as a certification, and it is a separate program from the M.S. in Higher Education program.

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Who should apply to the Graduate Certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership program? 

This program is designed for students who do not wish to pursue a full-masters degree, but would rather complete the shorter certificate program focused on this particular area. This certificate program is highly recommended for students who may have already earned a Masters Degree in another field and want additional education credentials specific to Higher Education. It is also recommended for any student who wishes to further their education, skills and knowledge of Community Colleges but does not wish to pursue a Masters degree at this time.

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What types of careers are specific to the Community College Administration and Leadership area? 

Community colleges are a growing segment of the higher education field. With a focus on leadership, students with this certificate would be prepared for administrative leadership positions within community colleges, and other organizations outside of academia aimed at supporting them. As they continue to grow, community colleges will be representative of all divisions and units seen in higher education across the board as it relates to enrollment, continuing education and outreach, advising, accreditation, institutional research, financial aid, development, disability services, libraries, marketing and communications, sponsored projects and grants, student services, curriculum development, etc. The certificate program will help students address the needs specific to the community college sector.

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Why choose Drexel’s certificate in Community College Administration and Leadership? 

Rigorous Curriculum - The program provides a solid foundation in higher education along with specialized coursework focusing on the critical issues specific to the area of Community College Administration and Leadership.

Quality Core Faculty - The certificate program utilizes the same core faculty as the MSHE program. The MSHE program has a set of core faculty with extensive experience in higher education (e.g. administration, research, teaching, consulting, etc.). However, the MSHE program also hires adjunct faculty (e.g. vice presidents, provosts, deans, executive directors, faculty, etc.) from select associations/organizations as well as other universities and from within Drexel University’s administration to teach specialized courses. Moreover, courses include guest speakers who have expertise in select areas within and outside of academia (e.g., college/university presidents, corporate CEOs, training directors, software developers, politicians, executive directors, etc.). It is essential that students have the opportunity to work with faculty and speakers who are currently involved in each of the courses through work or research.

Flexibility - The program is offered completely online. Drexel’s online format has the same admissions standards, requirements, and faculty that lead to the same high quality degree.

Interactive Courses with practical applications - The online courses are interactive and engage students through mixed instructional methods. Materials are posted online weekly; however, students are required to work on individual and group projects, interact with the faculty, listen to guest speakers, and participate in some live “chat” forums. It is important that online students are actively involved in the courses and are part of a student/classroom “community”. Additionally, throughout the courses, students often engage in assignments and discussions that mimic what really happens in the field, allowing them to put theory into practice within the coursework.

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Why should a prospective student select Drexel University? 

As one of the most innovative universities in the United States today, Drexel University offers degree programs that provide students with skills and experiential learning opportunities through relevant assignments/projects and co-operative education. This is critical since career placement and advancement is often contingent upon skills, knowledge, experience. and educational attainment. Moreover, Drexel is among the top 50 private, non-profit, national doctoral/research universities in the US, and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Colleges for 2007. U.S. News & World Report also ranked The Drexel School of Education among America’s Best Graduate School in the 2007 edition of its annual rankings. Drexel consists of 11 colleges and schools offering 161 degree programs to approximately 16,000 students. It has over 90,000 alumni and 1,000 full-time faculty members. Founded by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel in 1891, Drexel continues to be a leader in the integration of technology into academics.

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What type of tuition support is available for Drexel students? 

Drexel University works with many tuition support programs. Information regarding federal and state aid, loans, scholarships and grants is available through our financial aid page. Additionally, as a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) college, Drexel welcomes adult students from the military who are making use of military aid or Montgomery G.I. Bill® benefits to cover their education costs. Students may also receive tuition reimbursement support under DANTES for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Reserves, Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard. View additional benefits for military education at Drexel.

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