Niagara University has announced that, beginning August, its internationally accredited College of Education will offer a doctoral degree in leadership and policy.
The Ph.D. program, which will start accepting applications in January, will prepare leaders to implement systemic change in an effort to further community goals and aspirations.
The program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for doctoral study and research, allowing candidates to generate new knowledge related to critical leadership issues that directly relate to matters of those who are underserved.
"As a Vincentian university, Niagara seeks to inspire its students to serve all members of society, especially the disadvantaged. The leadership and policy Ph.D. program focuses on this mission of Niagara University in bringing social justice and empowerment to those most in need to the forefront of research. It is through this cultivation of research that we may indeed be able to transform our impoverished communities and change how we think about leadership in this regard," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University.
"In addition to corresponding with the university's mission, the proposed program is aligned with the conceptual framework of Niagara's College of Education and its existing graduate program offerings," added Dr. Debra Colley, dean of Niagara's College of Education. "The college has a long-standing history of providing advanced study in policy and leadership in both Ontario and New York, and we expect this program to draw a significant number of students from both sides of the border."
The United States and New York state departments of Labor project that there will be a significant increase in related jobs requiring doctoral degree qualifications, and that producing and maintaining a well-educated leadership labor force is essential for the economic improvement of Western New York.