Students are organized into learning teams and progress through the program at the same pace. Teams in the on-campus program at Benedictine meet on designated weekends (Saturday and Sunday) approximately every third weekend for 16 weekends per year through the first two years. Discipline-based learning objectives are integrated and reinforced through rigorous coursework that is tied to real-world applications. Highly interactive classes are characterized by small and whole group discussions, case studies and group projects.
During the first year of the program, students complete foundational courses providing a strong knowledge base in the principles and practices of doctoral study, higher education and organizational change.
In the second year, study advances to current issues in students and student services, curriculum, teaching, learning and resource management. The major theme is leading organizations through constructive change. Students receive guidance and University support throughout the program.
Work begins on the internship and dissertation from the first year so that students may complete requirements in approximately 36 to 42 months.
The internship may be completed concurrently with later course work and the dissertation.
Dissertation preparation and research extend through the program. By the third year, students are actively engaged in completing a dissertation. Related to the student's specialized interests, the study is expected to constitute a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of post-secondary education. Candidates are expected to relate this knowledge to the theories, concepts and methodologies of their study in organizational development, and include implications for further research and theory development. The dissertation is presented and defended at the final oral defense.
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The Benedictine Ed.D. program is also delivered online for persons living outside the northern Illinois and immediately adjacent areas. Students study the same curriculum in cohorts. Courses meet over eight weeks and the expected time to degree is 3.5 years. For detailed information, please contact Gustavo Panosso at (866) 295-3104 or GPanosso@ben.edu.
Tuition is set each academic year and remains constant for any given cohort. In 2014-15, the tuition is $940.00 per semester hour. Tuition does not include books, fees, or expenses for required conferences or seminars.
The Ed.D. program provides both the perspective and the tools to anticipate and lead change in higher education. Coursework is topical in nature, interdisciplinary in focus and grounded in an inquiry-driven methodology characterized by critical thinking, analysis and self-reflection. The program readies students for the rigors and challenges of developing and implementing strategic plans, improving learning, managing resources, leading personnel, developing and implementing policy and orchestrating succesful change within an organization.
The mission of the Ed.D. program is to prepare educational professionals with knowledge and skills to guide post-secondary institutions in an era of unprecedented change.
A learning team consists of 15-25 students. These students proceed through the coursework together as a cohort. Studying together and directly with program faculty and staff, team members are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise freely, to develop close working relationships with the program faculty and staff, and to make full use of the resources and offerings at the University. Much of the team’s study activities occur outside the classroom.
The Ed.D. promotes interaction and collaboration among peers. Students demonstrate, share and develop intellectual and personal skills and aspirations as educational leaders. Content is presented, managed and facilitated by professionals seasoned in the fields of higher education. Program faculty, advisors and distinguished visiting scholars enrich and extend the range and depth of intellectual exploration and personal development that form the basis of the Ed.D. program.
The degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change requires knowledge of theory and extensive practice in the essential subjects affecting higher education. The program asks students to reflect upon their own unique values, ethics and professional commitments and to consider them in the context of those represented by Benedictine University. Overall, the program seeks to develop engaging and effective practitioners who are able to use their attributes and knowledge to achieve best practice in their areas of service and can guide the critical changes necessary to keep American higher education the best in the world.
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Phone: (630) 829-1930
Dr. Sunil Chand is Professor and Director of the Ed.D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. The Ed.D. seeks to prepare mid-career professionals for leadership positions in higher education. He came to Benedictine in 2009 having served as President, College of DuPage, in Illinois, and Executive Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. Prior to that, in the UK he was Vice President, Academic Services, at Richmond, The American University in London, where he went after ten years at Triton College, Illinois, serving in the developmental education program and later as Dean, Arts and Sciences. He came to the US having been a faculty member and Head of the Department of English at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India. Professional contributions include conference presentations, publications, and commission service and leadership development at local, state and national levels. He earned his doctorate in Literature from Kent State University, Ohio, and earlier degrees in English from Delhi University, Delhi, India.
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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.