Revised doctorate in education program launching in online, onground formats

Revised doctorate in education program launching in online, onground formats
July 9, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Education administrators hold leadership positions with significant responsibility. Most find working with students extremely rewarding. As the number of students at the postsecondary level grows despite the nation’s current economic uncertainty and many administrators approach retirement, there continues to be a significant demand for educational leaders. The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change program at Benedictine University is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths or who seek to join the higher education community as university, college or community college administrators. The program also prepares students for management positions in public and private educational agencies and associations. Studies emphasize leadership for educational and organizational improvement. The program is under the direction of Sunil Chand, Ph.D., who served as president of College of DuPage (COD) from July 2003 through May 2008. Prior to his tenure at COD, Chand served as executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a former dean at Triton Community College in River Grove. Chand has been working with Alan Gorr, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and Health Services at Benedictine University, and Eileen Kolich, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Education, on revisions and improvements to the Ed.D. program since February 2009. “The revised program builds on an excellent foundation with an eye on the leadership needs of tomorrow,” Chand said. “It is designed to facilitate learning and steady progress, emphasizing the knowledge and skills of immediate value to practitioners.” The 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, implementing policy and orchestrating change within an organization. The program is delivered at the University’s main campus in Lisle and online. Students are organized into learning teams and progress through the program at the same pace. Teams at the University meet on designated weekends (Saturday and Sunday) approximately every third weekend for 16 weekends per year through the first two years. Online teams are facilitated by the University’s course management and delivery system. 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. 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. By the third year, students are actively engaged in completing a dissertation. “The program is intended for people with the experience and ambition to lead and manage change,” Chand said. “We expect to learn a great deal together, to build professional and personal networks, to expand the field of knowledge and to contribute to the continued strengthening of our fast-changing academic world.” The next group of students will begin classes at the end of August. For more information about the Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change program at Benedictine University or to apply, call (630) 829-6280.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.