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B-CU approved for Master's level degree

June 23, 2006 

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman College President Trudie Kibbe Reed announced this past Friday evening that Bethune-Cookman College has received approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer the Master of Science degree in Transformative Leadership. SACS is the school’s accrediting agency.

In making the announcement, Dr. Reed thanked Dr. Anne McColloch, the newly appointed dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Our SACS liaison informed me that our proposal was outstanding in every way and most impressive,” said Dr. Reed in commending Dr. McCulloch, “who was instrumental in producing the proposal that demonstrated a high level of academic excellence at the great Bethune-Cookman College.”

The new program is designed for working adults to complete the 36 semester hour requirement within three semesters (12 calendar months) by taking three four-hour courses online each semester. Students will enter and progress through the program as a cohort. Cohort size will be limited to 25 students. All courses will be offered online using WebCt courseware. A residency requirement at the beginning of each semester, either on campus or at another designated site, will provide orientation to new processes and technology, integration and synthesis of course offerings, connection with faculty and fellow students, and assessment and feedback for the program.

Because of the very limited residential requirement, “it is expected the program will draw students from around the nation,” says Dr. Reed. According to the college’s description of the program, “Transformative Leadership is the ‘art and science’ of learning to facilitate value-centered change within organizations through the process of inquiry, reflection, critique and collaboration.” “This form of leadership is a continuous learning process that is derived from the theory of emancipatory learning whereby leaders and their stakeholders are liberated from traditional barriers of thinking that impede vision, creativity, and respect for humanity,” says Dr. Reed. “This program will advance the college’s legacy of scholarship faith, and service.”

Applications are now being accepted for the first cluster of students in the fall of this year. Individuals interested in the Transformative Leadership master’s degree program at Bethune-Cookman College may contact Dr. McCulloch at 1-866-274-0733 or by email at

“We are very excited about this new academic offering,” said Dr. Reed. “The Jesse Ball DuPont Fund of Jacksonville was very supportive of our efforts and we are enormously appreciative of their guidance and financial assistance. I am also thankful for the assistance of the Mellon Foundation. They provided for the original seed funding to allow the initial planning by an interdisciplinary group of Bethune-Cookman College faculty to brainstorm about a master’s level degree program.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit