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07-07-2008


University of the Cumberlands Adds Two New Graduate Programs

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-When it began offering masters degrees in education and in teaching in 2005, Cumberland College became University of the Cumberlands. This fall, for the first time since becoming UC, the university will expand its graduate studies by adding two new programs. Officials have announced that in keeping with its strategic plan and historic mission, UC is expanding its academic offerings with a doctorate in educational leadership and an M.B.A. degree.

Both the Ed.D. and the M.B.A., which have received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), have evolved from the university’s longstanding mission to prepare students for “lives of responsible service and leadership.”

According to Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Cockrum, “The Ed.D. is designed for practicing school administrators who wish to continue their full-time professional responsibilities while strengthening their knowledge base and their skills as institutional leaders.” Dr. Barry Vann, director of the Ed.D. program, says that it will greatly benefit the region because of its emphasis on practical application and a dissertation design planned to specifically target regional education issues. UC is the only institution based in southeastern Kentucky to offer a doctorate in education, and only one of two private universities in the state to do so.

Dr. Vonda K. Moore, director of the M.B.A. of the Hutton School of Business at UC, had this to say about the program’s goals, “The M.B.A. is designed to afford students a practical professional development opportunity, which will prepare them to embark upon and continue successful careers in business, government and education.” “Through the robust M.B.A. program, the university’s Hutton School of Business seeks to develop ethically responsible business decision makers who are intellectually and professionally competent and prepared to lead in the global marketplace,” said Cockrum.

Students are enrolling now for the inaugural classes of both these transformational programs, which will begin in the fall. The M.B.A. will commence with the fall semester, which begins in August, and classes for the Ed. D. will start in September.

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