- Providing a wide range of higher education programs responsive to the needs of individuals and stakeholders.
- Nourishing flexible learning options and strategies resulting in constantly evolving programs and services in higher education, lifelong learning, workforce training and community services.
- Providing education in a culturally rich and socially responsible environment.
- Ensuring quality services and programs.
- Expanding the use of learning technologies by teachers and students.
Potential CCQ launch dates were set for September 2009, February 2010 and September 2010. To assure a successful college launch, the CCQ Steering Committee recommended that an American Community College be selected to assist with academic requirements. Contacts with internationally-recognized colleges and invitation for proposals commenced October 2009. The Steering Committee set guidelines for ‘partner college’ selection and interviewed finalist candidates.
While interviewing partner colleges, the CCQ Steering Committee anticipated about 300 students in the first CCQ class, larger than Education City Universities and the first Qatar University classes, and sought a location to launch the college. Several options for the first CCQ campus were reviewed and a new building on C-Ring Road was recommended for remodel. His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud approved the new college site and the Supreme Education Council Shared Services tendered architectural services for remodel of the building.
Under the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud, Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the SEC; search for a CCQ Dean was announced December 2009. Candidates for the position of Dean were interviewed February 2010.
His Excellency selected Dr. Judith M. L. Hansen as Founding Dean of CCQ. Dr.Hansen arrived in Doha 28 March 2010 to commence work on the six-month community college launch plan, community college services agreement, community college architectural plans and community college structure with the small Community College team of professionals supporting the Steering Committee work. The Community College model of university transfer, workforce and professional update higher educational opportunities guided Dr. Judith Hansen's leadership toward CCQ launch.
The Community College of Qatar was officially announced by His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud at a press conference 10 May 2010.
The CCQ Steering Committee completed deliberation of community college partners and recommended Houston Community College (HCC) to His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud. The CCQ Services Agreement with HCC was signed by His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud and HCC Chancellor Dr. Mary Spangler on 17 May 2010 in Doha.
Concerned about identifying CCQ students, Dean Hansen met with SEC Communications to establish an on-line application process. Dr. Hansen introduced the on-line CCQ application process to Doha high school counselors at an SEC Higher Education Institute (HEI) press conference 19 May 2011 with Dr. Ibrahim Al Naimi. By 25 May 2010 over 200 students had applied for CCQ entry. By 1 June 2010 over 1000 students had applied for CCQ entry.
Qatar University (QU) volunteered use of university testing centers and professionals for CCQ placement testing Dr. Hansen began work with the QU Foundation Program professionals to assure effective testing of the first CCQ students. Dates in June and July were selected for testing CCQ applicants, after the QU semester was complete. Over 1500 of the 2000 first CCQ applicants successfully completed ACT COMPASS placement tests in June and July 2010.
Following successful on-line applications for CCQ, the SEC HEI invited CCQ to present college information at the HEI College Fair 16 June 2010. The same week, CCQ seconded administrators from HCC arrived in Doha.
Through June, July and August 2010 the CCQ Team, which now included seconded administrators, continued to work with His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud on college structure; SEC Shared Services on architectural tender, SEC Shared Services on equipment and furniture orders; SEC Information Technology (IT) on technical equipment; SEC Communications on branding and media; HCC on textbooks, library books and curriculum and QU on placement test scores.
KEY CCQ LAUNCH DECISIONS
The CCQ-HCC Services Agreement outlined positions to be hired by HCC and seconded to CCQ in the first year. HCC advertised, screened and interviewed candidates for positions that met the need for English preparation (English as a Second Language/ESL) and college transfer coursework instruction and leadership planned for the first year. Some ESL positions were substituted for workforce positions originally included in the Agreements based on curriculum decisions and applicant placement scores. CCQ advertised for local positions and received over 1000 applications for the 15 positions advertised. CCQ began to work with SEC Shared Services to plan for housing and immigration for over 40 seconded employees arriving from America in July, August and September 2010.
In consultation with Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud, an alternative campus site for college launch was selected due to partitioning processes required for the C-Ring building. Plans began for partitioning a building in West Bay originally designed to teach kindergarten teachers, in addition to the partitioning process at the C-Ring building. The two buildings became known as the West Bay Campus and the C-Ring Campus.
Most important, it was announced by His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud that CCQ would be launched with men and women in a separate classroom environments. Plans for partitioning the West Bay launch campus to provide for gender separation and more furniture were developed.
CCQ seconded employees, in addition to the first seconded administrators who had arrived in June, began to arrive in August and assisted with set-up in the West Bay campus. Since the decision to launch the college in a separate gender environment had been made during Ramadan and the launch had been very fast, extra furniture was still arriving and no workers had been hired to assist with campus set-up. CCQ professionals received special permission to work through the Eid Al Fitr national holiday to get ready for the first CCQ students.
Two weeks before the first CCQ Student Orientation, His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud invited CCQ professionals to an Iftar dinner at the Diplomatic Club. The week before Student Orientation, His Excellency toured the West Bay Campus with college professionals. The West Bay campus still did not have enough desks for the classrooms or chairs for all of the desks. Empty computer boxes still littered the staff parking lot and the student parking lot was still gravel. However, everyone, including His Excellency, was pleased with the ability for the CCQ Team to meet the launch deadlines set six months earlier.
During the week of 19 September 2010, the first CCQ students arrived with parents for Orientation lead CCQ Student Services and greeted by Dr. Ibrahim Alnaimi and Dr. Judith Hansen. Orientations were scheduled by gender and by class of college preparation.
On 26 September 2010 304 CCQ students arrived for the first CCQ classes. 30 students, one class of women and one class of men, were enrolled in college-level classes with the intent to graduate in two years with successful completion of classes.
During October2010 men’s and women’s student senate elections were held following a week of campaigning. The first student senates set bylaws, invited the first clubs and planned the first National Day celebration.
Students continued to apply for CCQ entry through the first semester. Seventeen percent (17%) of the first semester full-time students and over 2/3 of CCQ applicants were employed or working full time, seeking classes in the evening.
The first CCQ semester ended in December 2010. Over 80 % of the first semester students registered were retained to the next semester.
To accommodate the large waiting lists, CCQ invited 425 students to enroll for second semester beginning 9 January 2011, including those students who successfully completed the first semester. C-Ring Campus partitioning completion was anticipated before January 2011, therefore, second semester students were invited to enroll day and evening, depending on their choice and at the West Bay Campus (men) or C-Ring Campus (women).
Following significant consideration, the SEC selected the official CCQ logo in December 2010.
As the C-Ring Campus neared completion through December 2010, the CCQ Grand Opening was scheduled for the C-Ring Campus. Paving, auditorium staging, audio visual mounting, and furniture staging were completed during the first week of second semester to compliment the event and comply with requirements determined by offices of His Excellency and Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.
The SEC approved the CCQ Structure with a Board of Trustees and President in governance of the college on 9 January 2011.
His Excellency Mr. Saad Al Mahmoud hosted the successful CCQ Grand Opening at which Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and Dr. George Boggs, American Association of Community Colleges President/CEO spoke. Qatar, Gulf and American guests attended the ceremony that began with unveiling the dedication plaque. Following formal opening in the CCQ auditorium, His Excellency presented Her Highness with a crystal CCQ logo. Her Highness toured the C-Ring campus with selected guests. Students hosted tours for remaining. Additional presentations continued at the West Bay campus in the afternoon.
The student government officers selected in the first semester expanded student activities to include Student Ambassadors, Football Clubs, Business Clubs, and Photography Clubs with the assistance of Student Services professionals. College administration with Dr. Judith Hansen surveyed students for improvement suggestions, for which the Student Government lead solutions.
Dr. Ibrahim chaired the West Bay Science Laboratories Committee with CCQ and SEC professionals and Strategic Planning Committee. Both plans were presented to the SEC for approval and tender. Dr. Judith Hansen presented a plan for a CCQ main campus to the SEC Shared Services.
CCQ applications continued to increase at the on-line sign-up site and at each campus through the first year of the college. The college resumed testing students on the ACT CAAP ESL placement test, now at the C-Ring and West Bay Campus computer labs set up for placement testing. By the end of the second semester, more than 2600 students had been tested with over 1000 applicants still on the waiting list. Therefore CCQ planned to double enrollment for the second year and invite a total of 750 students, including those students successfully completing the first year. Again in the second semester, over 80% of the students successfully completed and enrolled in summer stating that they wished to complete their CCQ Degree as soon as possible.
Two new annual student events, Sponsorship Luncheon and Scholarship and Awards Banquet, were initiated in the first CCQ Summer Semester. Only a few CCQ students had been sponsored by ministries and corporations in the first year. However, the increasing number of employed students initiated the first Sponsorship Luncheon June 2011. New Sponsors and Sponsorship process was established for September 2011. The Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet honored top academic and service students nominated by CCQ faculty and staff members and with top grade point averages in July 2011.
College Curriculum Committee, Professional Development Committee and Faculty Senate were initiated by Dean Hansen during July 2011. Members of initial steering committees were nominated by peers for each leadership group. By-laws were set up for each through CCQ second year.
By the first semester of the second year, over 100 CCQ employees; 62 seconded, 21 Qatari and 19 local non-Qatari; provided educational services to 673 students enrolled.
The Interim CCQ Board of Trustees embraced the governance challenges of Policies and Procedures, Accreditation, Growth Management, College Structure, College Curriculum, and College Articulation through the CCQ second year.
State of Qatar confirmed the Community College of Qatar with the Emiri Decree No. (52) issued 04 October 2011 by Sheikh Hamad Bin Al Thani, Emir of the State if Qatar.
Consistent wiith the Emiri Decree law, Founding Dean Dr. Judith Hansen facilitated transfer of CCQ leadership transfer in the second year to Qatar professionals.