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2022-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog

Higher Education-Community College Leadership (EdD), Program Information

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Program Faculty

Program Director

Myrtle Dorsey, PhD

Professor of Practice, Community College Leadership

Director, Graduate Programs in Community College Leadership

Banneker Building, Suite 200




Program Faculty


Dr. Krishna Bista, PhD

Associate Professor


Dr. Russell Davis, EdD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Uttam Gaulee, EdD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Rosemary Gillett-Karam, PhD

Associate Professor


Mr. Wilbur Hicks, JD



Dr. Leah Hollis, EdD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Robin Spaid, PhD

Associate Professor

Program Description

This degree pathway offers students a stimulating and highly structured program of study. It is    designed for working professionals who are committed to attaining a Doctor of Education degree. Morgan’s mission is to serve a multiethnic and multiracial student body and to help ensure that the benefits of higher education are enjoyed by a broad segment of the population. To help fulfill the university’s mission, our esteemed faculty prepare students to emerge from the program equipped to handle the unique and diverse leadership challenges associated with leading and teaching in the 21st century community college. This pathway is based on the belief that community college leadership requires the following specific knowledge base and competencies (American Association of Community Colleges, 2005): Community College Advocacy, Organizational Strategy, Leadership Development, Resource Management, Communication, Collaboration, and Professionalism.

Program Objectives

The degree program leading to a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Community College Leadership is designed to prepare students for senior level leadership roles and professorial positions within the community college setting. This intense program of study focuses on training professionals for the unique situations encountered by senior administrators and faculty serving in community colleges. In addition, a major emphasis of the program is to support and inspire research that is relevant to contemporary issues and concerns of the nation’s 21st century community colleges.

General Requirements

All candidates pursuing the EdD must complete a minimum of sixty-three (63) credit hours at Morgan after admission to the program. Previously completed credits cannot be used to reduce the minimum requirements.

• In addition, all candidates must select a specialized internship or practicum in a community college. The internship must be approved prior to beginning the internship.

• All doctoral candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination may be repeated only once. To be eligible to take the comprehensive examination, the student must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no “I” or “F” grades. Grades of “C” are not acceptable.

• Each student must submit a dissertation concept paper at the end of the second year of study. Successful completion of the concept paper triggers the final set of requirements of the program, including the written comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal and defense, IRB approval, and the final defense of the dissertation.

• All students must submit a dissertation study. When the dissertation has been completed to the satisfaction of the committee chairperson, the committee members, in addition to CCLP administrators, and the DASLP department chair, a dissertation defense will be scheduled during which the student must orally defend his/her work before the entire dissertation committee.

• All requirements for the EdD degree must be completed within a period of seven consecutive years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend the time limit. Students must obtain an extension request with the School of Graduate Studies.

• While completing the dissertation phase, students must maintain an active registration with the Office of the Registrar.


To be eligible for admission to the doctoral program in Community College Leadership, an applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Master’s degree from an accredited university or college

2. One to three years of higher education work experience, preferably at a community college

3. A cumulative 3.0 GPA in graduate school coursework


Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant.  The decision of the Program Admissions Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program.  The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer admission should be made based on that review


Students achieve candidacy by successfully passing the Comprehensive Examination and the Proposal Defense. Prior to achieving Candidacy GRAD 993: Pre-Candidacy.  Students are also expected to complete an internship prior to candidacy.

Once a student achieves candidacy, enrollment in any course other than 799, 797, 998, or 997 is generally prohibited.  Students seeking additional skills, knowledge, or a certificate must seek approval through the program up to the School of Graduate Studies.  The request must be accompanied with a revised Plan of Study.

Thesis/Dissertation Completion

Describe the selection of committee members, general nature of the thesis, other expectations as warranted including the method of defense.

Each student must select a committee chair, as well as two additional committee members. Students are expected to give an oral defense of the proposal and the final dissertation.

For a dissertation to be accepted by the School of Graduate Studies, it must:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of prior scholarship, including qualitative or quantitative research relating to the dissertation topic;

  • Reveal ability to analyze, critique, interpret, and integrate information from prior scholarship into hypotheses or research questions sufficient to form the basis of a dissertation;

  • Reflect use of appropriate research methodology, including current data collection techniques and appropriate data analysis tools including the use of proper statistical applications and other software applications;

  • Display findings in a sequential and logical manner, and when needed, through the use of appropriate tables, graphs, or other methods of presenting quantitative or qualitative data;

  • Include a coherent discussion of the relationships among the prior scholarship, the hypotheses or research question(s), the findings and data, and the meaning of the results; and

  • Reflect a mastery of grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, paragraph formation, and style consistent with requirements outlined and approved in this Handbook.


The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right not to accept dissertations that fail to meet these standards. The general expectation is that the dissertation committee provides assurance that these standards are met and indicates so with the signatures of the members being published in the dissertation.

Additional Requirements

The School of Graduate Studies at Morgan promotes responsible and ethical research among graduate students. Students are cautioned to avoid practices that threaten the integrity of a student’s research, including, but not limited to, falsification or fabrication of data, violations of privacy and confidentiality provisions, conflicts of interest, cheating, plagiarism, and copyright infringements. Unethical research threatens the integrity of academic and scientific enterprise and will subject the student to severe penalties.

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