Online Academic Leadership Programs in the United States: An Overview

Technology has transformed education by providing access and opportunities for learning through online formats. Leadership education has not been left out in this transformation as many higher education institutions offer online leadership courses and programs to college students. This case study’s primary purpose was to develop a fundamental understanding of the program characteristics of leadership programs offered fully online in higher education. The content analysis on 51 online academic leadership programs within 33 universities shows that these programs share similar characteristics in their goals, targeted student populations, and methods of engaging and supporting students in online leadership learning.