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Community College Administrator Program

The Community College Administrator Program is a U.S. State Department initiative intended to enhance international understanding of U.S. community colleges and U.S. community college systems among administrators of post-secondary vocational and technical institutions as well as officials with higher education planning responsibilities in selected countries in the process
 of developing their own community college systems.

CCAP TOPICSThe program introduces participants to key elements of community college leadership, to provide direct exposure to the day-to-day administrative responsibilities and challenges of U.S. community colleges, and to investigate specific community college academic and vocational programs relevant to the needs of participants’ home institutions.

The programs’ goals are to enable participants to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced ability to effectively address governance and policy questions integral to the establishment of community college programs relevant to their home country’s context.
  • Contribute to the present and future demands for policy formulation, continuous planning, program management decision making and day-to-day administration of community colleges.
  • Explore aspects of the U.S. higher education system and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the U.S. community college administration.
  • Articulate the unique and important opportunities created through merging academic, business and management skills through the community college system.
  • Encourage on-going collaboration between participants and U.S. counterparts involved in community college administration.

Program Overview

The Community College Administrator Program, conducted by Florida State University and Santa Fe College, consists of a one-week Executive Dialogue and a five-week Community College Seminar. The program includes visits to community colleges and other programs of interest to education administrators.

Executive Dialogue

Designed to provide an overview of the U.S. community college system and explore development of community academies. Higher education officials and administrators meet with legislative leaders and senior policy-makers of the Florida Community College System in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the development, organization and administration of a U.S. community college system integrally linked to secondary education, higher education and the workforce training needs of business and industry.

Five-week Comparative Community College Seminar

Designed to train administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions or officials with higher education planning responsibilities in key elements of community college leadership, to provide direct exposure to the day-to-day administrative responsibilities and challenges of a U.S. community college, and investigate specific community college academic and vocational programs relevant to the needs of participants’ home institutions.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate enhanced ability to effectively address governance and policy questions integral to the establishment of a community college system relevant to the participants’ home context.
  • Contribute to the present and future demands for policy formulation, continuous planning, program management decision making and day-to-day administration of community academies the participants’ home country.
  • Explore aspects the U.S. higher education system and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the U.S. community college administration.
  • Articulate the unique and important opportunities created through merging academic, business and management skills through the community college system.
  • Encourage participants’ on-going collaboration with U.S. counterparts involved in community college administration.

Format

Classroom Instruction. 20 hours per week of intensive instruction by graduate faculty of the Florida State University College of Education, former officers of the State of Florida Community College System, and current Santa Fe College administrators.

Job Shadowing/Mentoring. One-on-one interaction with current community college administrators whose day-to-day responsibilities most closely match those of participants.

Site Visits. Targeted site visits to Florida community colleges to investigate academic/vocational programs or administrative practices of relevance to participants and their home institutions.

Audience

Senior-level officials participate in the one-week Executive Dialogue in the first week. The administrators will also take part. Interpretation services are available.

The senior-level administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions and policy makers with higher education planning responsibilities participate in the one-week Executive Dialogue and the five-week Seminar.

Online Modules

Click here to access the CCAP online modules.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan 2014

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development and Director of the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University.

Dr. Milligan is a Professor of philosophy of education and international and comparative education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

His research explores the challenges posed by religious tensions in the educational systems of multicultural, religiously diverse communities in the United States and Southeast Asia.

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Vilma Fuentes 2012

Vilma Fuentes, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fe College.

ASSESSMENT TRIP REPORTS

CCAP ASSESSMENT TRIP REPORT COVER

The Community College Administrator Program includes site visits by Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, the principal investigator, and Vilma E. Fuentes, the co-principal investigator.

Download and read their 2015 Assessment Trip Report for India and their 2014 Assessment Trip Report for Indonesia.

 

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Dr. George Bishop, former Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf Coast State College, explains to educators from Pakistan the role of community college leaders in ensuring that academic programs are aligned with local economic needs. Dr. Bishop’s presentation today is part of a comprehensive study of U.S. community colleges provided to the Pakistani educators through the Community College Administrator Program, a U.S. Department of State exchange initiative. The program, administered by Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute in partnership with Santa Fe College, will take the Pakistani delegation to a number of campuses in an intense, six-week exploration of Florida’s community colleges. Already the educators have met with legislative leaders, with chancellors of Florida’s state colleges and State University System and with workforce-development experts, and they have visited Gulf Coast State College and Tallahassee Community College’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education and TCC’s Wakulla Environmental Institute. Their studies continue this week at FSU before they leave for Santa Fe College in Gainesville to gain a deep understanding of the day-to-day challenges of administering a community college. The delegation will return to FSU in November to complete the study. #ExchangeOurWorld

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Educators from Pakistan who are at Florida State University taking part in the Community College Administrator Program, a U.S. Department of State exchange initiative, today visited the Florida Capitol, where they met with Senator Bill Montford (they also met with Representative Chuck Clemons). Earlier in the day the Pakistani educators visited the Florida Department of Education and learned about the State University System from Chancellor Marshall Criser III (they also visited with Florida College System administrators). The program, administered by FSU’s Learning Systems Institute in partnership wit Santa Fe College, will take the Pakistani delegation to a number of campuses in an intense, six-week exploration of Florida’s community colleges. The educators start their study of FSU before traveling to Santa Fe College in Gainesville to get a detailed look at the day-to-day challenges of community college leadership. They later return to FSU to prepare summaries of their experiences to share with colleagues in their home country. #ExchangeOurWorld

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Dr. Randy Hanna, dean of Florida State University, Panama City, gives educators from Pakistan a crash course in U.S. economic and political history as he explains the origins and growth of community colleges in the 20th century. With his talk today at the University Center Club, Dean Hanna opened a six-week program of study for the Pakistani educators, who are taking part in a U.S. Department of State exchange initiative conducted by FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, in partnership with Santa Fe College. The educators will learn the background of community colleges and how the colleges provide access to higher education and to technical training, and they will visit a number of community colleges throughout Florida. The educators start their study of FSU before traveling to Santa Fe College in Gainesville to get a detailed look at the day-to-day challenges of community college leadership. They later return to FSU to prepare summaries of their experiences. #ExchangeOurWorld

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