Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Check Out Grand Rapids Press Writer Dave Murray's Story Ferris State University's New Doctor Of Education

Grand Rapids Press reporter Dave Murray has a new article discussing the new Ferris State University doctoral program focusing on community college leadership.

Here is an excerpt from Murray's article:
GRAND RAPIDS - Community college enrollment is hitting record levels in Grand Rapids and elsewhere, and Ferris State University leaders say there's a growing need for people to lead those schools as they grow.

Ferris trustees last week approved creating a doctoral program for community college administrators, planning to focus on the special needs at two-year institutions.
"We're seeing a real explosion in the number of community college students," said Fritz Erickson, Ferris' provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"The reality is that the road out of our economic problems in our state and country is going to be education, and we're going to need more people to run these institutions."

Experts say such programs are growing in number. The University of Michigan is the only other state university with a community college program, but it focuses on research instead of administration.

For the full story from the Grand Rapids Press, visit: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/growing_community_colleges_nee.html

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