Course Dates: Cohort Eight

DCCL courses generally run 7.5 weeks and include face-to-face and online components.

Your three-year journey begins in the summer with a one-day program orientation followed immediately by the start of summer courses. Summer courses include five days of face-to-face delivery with the remainder being online through the end of the semester. The first five-day, face-to-face component for Cohort Eight runs from Friday through Tuesday.  The online portions of the two summer courses will follow consecutively, with IDSL 805 completing first and then ending the semester with IDSL 810.

Fall and Spring courses run consecutively - each for 7.5 weeks with about 1 week between courses. Breaks may require some follow-up course work or pre-course work. Fall and Spring courses generally begin on a Friday (the Friday before the regular Ferris courses begin) and end on a Wednesday – constituting 7.5 weeks. Each course typically includes one face-to-face component generally held during the second weekend of each class as follows: Friday 4 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

**Dates are subject to change up until the first class begins.

Cohort Eight Courses Face-to-Face Dates Course Dates
Summer 2017 – 7 credits
IDSL 805 (3 credits)
The Past, Present, and Future of Community Colleges
Face-to-face week in Big Rapids
Friday, May 12 (9:00 a.m.) – Tuesday, May 16 (5:00 p.m.)
May 5 - June 23, 2017
IDSL 810 (3 credits)
Critical Issues in the Community College
May 5 - May 16, 2017;
June 26  - Aug. 9, 2017
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Fall 2017 – 7 credits
IDSL 825 (3 credits)
Foundations of Effective Leadership
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Aug. 25 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 26 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Aug. 18 – Oct. 11, 2017
IDSL 885 (3 credits)
Creating a Culture of Student Learning & Success
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Oct. 27 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 28 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Oct. 20 – Dec. 13, 2017
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Spring 2018 – 7 credits
IDSL 880 (3 credits)
Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Jan. 12 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Jan. 13 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Jan. 5 – Feb. 28, 2018
IDSL 840 (3 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Mar. 16 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Mar. 17 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Mar. 9 – May 2, 2018
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Summer 2018 – 6 credits
IDSL 845 (4 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis
Face-to-face week in Big Rapids
Friday, June 22 – Monday, June 25
June 1 – Aug. 8, 2018
IDSL 898 (2 credits)    
Fall 2018 – 7 credits
IDSL 870 (3 credits)
Marketing & Community Engagement
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Aug. 24 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 25 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Aug. 17 – Oct. 10, 2018
IDSL 860 (3 credits)
Resource Development
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Oct. 26 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 27 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Oct. 19 – Dec. 12, 2018
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Spring 2019 – 7 credits
IDSL 894 (3 credits)
Practicum
Students develop a unique schedule on their own. Jan. 4 – Feb. 27, 2019
IDSL 865 (3 credits)
Leveraging Human Resources

Face-to-face session during AACC Convention
Friday, April 12 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Saturday, April 13 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Mar. 8 – May 1, 2019
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Summer 2019 – 7 credits
IDSL 835 (3 credits)
Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Face-to-face week in Big Rapids
May 17-20, 2019
May 10 - June 21, 2019

IDSL 855 (3 credits)
Managing Financial Resources

June 24 - Aug. 7, 2019
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Fall 2019 – 7 credits
IDSL 895 (3 credits)
Policy and Governance
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Aug. 23 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 24 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Aug. 16 – Oct. 9, 2019
IDSL 830 (3 credits) 
Organizational Transformation & Cultural Change
Face-to-face weekend in Grand Rapids
Friday, Oct. 25 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 26 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Oct. 18 - Dec. 11, 2019
IDSL 898 (1 credit)    
Spring 2020 – 6 credits
IDSL 898 (6 credits)
CIPs
Face-to-face weekend in Big Rapids
Comprehensive Interviews and Presentations
March 6-7, 2020
Commencement Big Rapids
Times TBD
May, 2020