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Information session for four-year doctoral cohort to be held Aug. 19

Individuals interested in a doctorate to advance their careers in higher education are invited to an information session about a leadership program at The University of Toledo.

The information session for the 2014 Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort will be Monday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Health and Human Services Building Room 1712 on Main Campus.

The session will be hosted by Dr. Ron Opp, UT associate professor of educational leadership, who will provide information on the cohort’s core scheduling, financial aid and costs, summer leadership academies, the associated internship, and length of the dissertation. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“Individuals who might be interested in this cohort are faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in learning more about higher education administration,” Opp said. “Typically, students in our cohorts have aspirations to move into senior leadership positions in academic, student or administrative affairs.”

The three-year program is limited to 15 students, so Opp encourages those interested to begin considering it now to be prepared for the interview process in April. The deadline to apply is April 15.

“For those who are sitting on the fence about doing this because the timing might not be right or other life commitments, we do not start the cohort every year,” Opp said. “The next one doesn’t start until fall 2018.”

The cohort will include a two-week European Summer Leadership Academy in Belgium and Holland, and a two-week U.S. Summer Leadership Academy with studies of college leadership and policy issues in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Each semester, classes will be held in eight sessions Tuesday nights from 5 to 10 p.m. with four in-class and four virtual class meetings. Students are expected to take two classes each semester.

“It is a distinctive program in that people will not have to drive to Toledo every week,” Opp said. “We will teleconference half of the classes from UT.”

The target audience for the cohort will be administrators and faculty from the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s four-year institutions, Opp said. A master’s degree is a program requirement.

No RSVP is required for the Aug. 19 information session.

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