JOHNSON CITY – (June 23, 2017) Faculty and staff at schools that are part of the Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) association can now receive in-state tuition rates when enrolling in one of three graduate programs in education administration at East Tennessee State University.
During its recent quarterly meeting, the ETSU Board of Trustees approved a proposal to offer in-state equivalent tuition for community college faculty and staff at CCA-member institutions who are enrolling in one of three graduate programs in ETSU’s Clemmer College of Education.
These programs are the Master of Education program in student personnel leadership, the Doctorate of Education (post-secondary and private sector leadership concentration) and the Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate program, which began last year.
The CCA includes over 70 public community colleges from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
“This is a ‘new era’ for institutions across Appalachia as initiatives are being launched in many states to improve access to community colleges,” said Dr. Richard Rhoda, interim dean of ETSU’s Clemmer College of Education. “We are proud to offer these faculty and staff members a more affordable opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in education administration at ETSU and, particularly with our certificate program, gain new insights on issues specific to community colleges.”
All three programs are offered online and are taught through ETSU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Rhoda is director of ETSU’s new Center for Community College Leadership, which brings a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the complex issues that face post-secondary education, particularly those in regard to community colleges. In addition to conducting research projects focusing on the needs of community colleges and analyzing state and regional policies, the center offers professional development, continuing education and training programs that reflect the needs and priorities of community college leaders.
Rhoda retired from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s executive director position in 2014 after a career in Tennessee higher education that spanned more than 40 years. He began his career in 1973 as a member of the research staff with the Tennessee Board of Regents and eventually assumed the position of executive assistant to the chancellor. He served on the administration of Tennessee State University and the faculty of Vanderbilt University and was interim president of both Nashville State Technical Institute and Austin Peay State University, as well as acting chancellor of TBR before being confirmed as executive director of THEC in September 1998.
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