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.

The 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.

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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.

Supplemental Resources

Supplemental Readings

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CCAP Faculty

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D.
Director of the Learning Systems Institute
Director of the Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development

Vilma Fuentes

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