DACCE Renamed Higher Education Program

Posted: September 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

The Doctor of Arts in Community College Education program (DACCE) has a new name: the Higher Education Program (HEP). Gail Kettlewell, director of HEP, says the idea of a name change was prompted last fall when the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) concentration in college teaching was added to the program, followed by the addition this fall of an MAIS concentration in higher education.

“Those additions to the DA in Community College Education and the certificate in college teaching greatly expanded opportunities for students for career development,” she says. “The new name better defines who we are.”

The program aims to prepare students to be leaders in undergraduate education. More than 140 graduates of the program since its beginning in 1991 are serving in academic and administrative leadership positions throughout the country.

“The news comes at a time of exciting growth,” Kettlewell says. Some of that growth includes international consulting. Kettlewell recently visited two universities in Brazil to discuss cooperation in the development of new programming. The Iraqi embassy has asked HEP to consider working with restructuring universities in Iraq, beginning with the University of Sulaimani. A grant proposal for a partnership in the redesign and restructuring of the University of Montenegro is also under consideration by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Kettlewell acknowledges the teamwork that has made the HEP program expand and says working with faculty and staff and the advisory committee has been fulfilling. “Together we have developed a learning community following the principles of the learning college.”

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