Member Spotlight – Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership

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“From the time former Ferris presidents Bill Wenrich and Bob Ewigleben recommended that Ferris offer a doctorate in community college leadership, the University has been honored by the exceptional students and extraordinary faculty who join us in this pursuit to develop the next generation of community college leaders. This practitioner-focused, dynamic program has served over 250 students in its first ten years, and the University looks forward to celebrating the ten year anniversary in 2020.”

Dr. David Eisler, President, Ferris State University

David L. Eisler

Dr. David Eisler, President

Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership, Big Rapids, Michigan || Established 2010 | Roberta Teahen, NISOD Liaison

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

When did Ferris DCCL become a NISOD Member?
Ferris DCCL became a member in 2016.

Why is Ferris DCCL a NISOD Member?
NISOD serves community colleges with the goal of enhancing and celebrating quality learning in community colleges. Ferris DCCL shares NISOD’s mission of advancing excellence in community college instruction and leadership through its collaborations and programming.

Which NISOD benefits does Ferris DCCL use the most and how?
Ferris DCCL uses NISOD’s many publications and webinars to enrich our instruction.

Interesting News Happening at Ferris DCCL:

Ferris DCCL Encourages International Travel Through Globalization Initiative
Ferris State University’s DCCL program introduced a study-abroad option for a required practicum in 2016. Large groups of DCCL students and faculty have traveled to China, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland. In February, 20 students and staff traveled to England. 

Ferris DCCL Publications Keep Educational Leaders Informed
Ferris DCCL students are responsible for a variety of publications, including Perspectives, a monthly, informational compilation on an issue relevant to community colleges, and At Issue, an annual, singularly focused publication that highlights a key issue community colleges face. These publications are free and openly accessible. 

Ferris DCCL Offers DCCL Alliance Program 
The DCCL Alliance offers colleges access to a selection of publications and professional development offerings that are customizable to organizational needs, ranging from half-day to multi-day or semester-long programming, with face-to-face, blended, and online options. Facilitators include current faculty, community college leaders from across the nation, and graduates of the DCCL program.

Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.