Community College Administrator Program (CCAP)
|Deadline||August 1, 2020|
The Community College Administrator Program with Pakistan will be a six-week program of study for Pakistani officials with higher education planning responsibilities and administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions in Pakistan. Conducted by the Florida State University and Santa Fe College, the exchange will consist of a one-week Executive Dialogue and a five-week Community College Seminar.
The Executive Dialogue is designed to provide an overview of the U.S. community college system and explore Pakistan's development of community colleges. Pakistani higher education officials and administrators will meet with legislative leaders and senior policy-makers of the Florida Community College System to provide a comprehensive understanding of the development, organization and administration of a U.S. community college system integrally linked to secondary education, higher education and the workforce training needs of business and industry. In addition to the 16 administrators, the program will support four high-level Pakistani higher education officials to participate in the Executive Dialogue
Five-week Community College Seminar
The Seminar is designed to train 16 administrators from Pakistani post-secondary vocational and technical institutions or officials with higher education planning responsibilities in key elements of community college leadership, to provide direct exposure to the day-to-day administrative responsibilities and challenges of a U.S. community college, and investigate specific community college academic and vocational programs relevant to the needs of Pakistan and/or participants' home institutions.
As a result of participating in this program, participants will
- Demonstrate enhanced ability to effectively address governance and policy questions integral to the establishment of a community college system relevant to the Pakistani context;
- Contribute to the present and future demands for policy formulation, continuous planning, program management decision making and day-to-day administration of community colleges in Pakistan;
- Explore aspects the U.S. higher education system and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the U.S. community college administration;
- Articulate the unique and important opportunities created through merging academic, business and management skills through the community college system; and
- Encourage on-going collaboration between Pakistani and U.S. counterparts involved in community college administration.
Topics of Study
- Student Affairs/Student Services
- Program Assessment
- Workforce Development
- Community Engagement
- Private Sector Partnerships
- Distance Learning
- Classroom Instruction. At least 30 hours per week of intensive instruction and programming by graduate faculty of the Florida State University College of Education, former officers of the State of Florida Community College System, and current Santa Fe College administrators.
- Job Shadowing/Mentoring. Small group and one-on-one interactions with current community college administrators whose day-to-day responsibilities most closely match those of participants.
- Site Visits. Targeted site visits to Florida community colleges to investigate academic/vocational programs or administrative practices of relevance to participants and their home institutions.
- The program will fund the participation of four senior-level Ministry of Education officials to participate in the one-week Executive Dialogue with 16 administrators who will participate in the full six-week program. The Executive Dialogue will be the first week of the Community College Administrator Program. Interpretation services will be made available for the Executive Dialogue, if needed.
- The program will fund the participation of 16 senior-level administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions and policy makers with higher education planning responsibilities to participate in the one-week Executive Dialogue and the five-week Seminar.
- Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A.
- Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A
Technical Eligibility Requirements
Candidates will be reviewed without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application to the program is through a nomination process. Nominations will be accepted for those who meet the following criteria:
- Has fluent or professional-level English language ability. All program activities will be in English. No translation services will be provided on the program.
- Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the government of Pakistan;
- Is currently residing in Pakistan;
- Is either a full-time government official or educational association professional who has at least 10 years of experience overseeing technical or vocational institutions of higher education in Pakistan, OR
- Is a full-time education administrator who has at least 5 years of experience being an administrator within technical or vocational institutions in Pakistan;
- Be a Pakistani citizen (dual citizens are eligible EXCEPT for dual U.S. - Pakistan citizens or those having a spouse, parent, fiance or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident)
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible to be nominated for CCAP:
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
- Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
- Individuals who are married to a U.S. citizen;
- Individuals currently residing or working outside of Pakistan;
- Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
- Employees and their immediate family members (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of non-profit organizations which administer CCAP on behalf of the Department of State.
- Immediate family members of Department of State employees for a period of one year following the termination of such employment;
- Employees of the Fulbright organization, the U.S. Department of State, or USAID and their spouses, fiances, siblings, and dependent children are ineligible;
The Department of State, FSU, and USEFP reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. If there is a discrepancy, or if any information is false, the application will be disqualified and the applicant will be ineligible to participate in the program.
Under the terms of this program, participants must return to their home country immediately upon completion of the program. Participants are not eligible for visa extensions under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made.
Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.
Financial Provisions of the Grant
- J-1 visa support;
- Round-trip travel from participant's home city to host institution in the United States;
- Accident and sickness coverage;
- Room and board (housing and meals)
- Small incidentals allowance;
- Small travel allowance for program related excursions.
Selection Process and Criteria
After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed for technical eligibility. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of academic specialists. Semi-finalists will be interviewed (in English) in Pakistan by a bi-national committee of U.S. specialists, exchange program alumni, and U.S. embassy representatives.
Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
- Demonstrated academic and/or technical expertise in vocational and technical education policy development or administration;
- Demonstrated interest in vocational and technical education institutional development;
- Cross-cultural interest
- English language ability;
Application Submission Instructions
- All forms in this application are to be completed in English and typewritten in black in or printed from a computer;
- If you do not hold a valid Pakistani passport, apply for one immediately;
- Attach a copy of your complete CV;
- Include your name as it is spelled in your international passport (if available);
- Do not leave a space blank. If something doesn't apply to you, answer N/A (not applicable);
To be considered complete and valid, your application must include:
Section 1: Personal Information
Section 2: Essay Question Responses
Section 3: One recommendation letter
Electronic applications may be submitted to USEFP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxed applications will not be accepted.