An Approach to an Online EdD in Community College Leadership Program


  • Christine Harrington New Jersey City University
  • Kimberlee Hooper New Jersey City University
  • AnnMarie Hughes New Jersey City University
  • Eric Klein New Jersey City University
  • John Melendez New Jersey City University
  • Faraz Siddique New Jersey City University
  • Ellen Wasserman New Jersey City University



online program, cohort, synchronous and asynchronous learning, curriculum


The purpose of this article is to provide an example of how an EdD in Community College Leadership program is offered in an online format. First, the benefits of online programs, including increased access and flexibility for working professionals and higher levels of diversity among the student body are discussed. Then, several strategies to promote connection among students and to facilitate a supportive, engaging learning environment virtually are shared.  For example, the value of using a cohort model, a carefully designed curriculum with assignments that have practical value, and a balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities is described.  Finally, the important role of and strategies for incorporating models and mentors into an online doctoral program are discussed.

Author Biographies

Christine Harrington, New Jersey City University

Associate Professor, Community College Leadership

Kimberlee Hooper, New Jersey City University

Ed.D. Student, Community College Leadership

AnnMarie Hughes, New Jersey City University

Ed.D. Student, Community College Leadership

Eric Klein, New Jersey City University

Ed.D. Student, Community College Leadership

John Melendez, New Jersey City University

Professor, Community College Leadership

Faraz Siddique, New Jersey City University

Ed.D. Student, Community College Leadership

Ellen Wasserman, New Jersey City University

Ed.D. Student, Community College Leadership


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How to Cite

Harrington, C., Hooper, K., Hughes, A., Klein, E., Melendez, J., Siddique, F., & Wasserman, E. (2021). An Approach to an Online EdD in Community College Leadership Program. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 6(3), 7–12.



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