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Board Approves New Doctoral Program for WTAMU

Aug. 23, 2017

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Board Approves New Doctoral Program for WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System approved West Texas A&M University’s request for a new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership during the board’s regular meeting today (Aug. 23) in College Station. The request will now go to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval.

The Ed.D will be housed in the College of Education and Social Sciences and will prepare visionary and executive professionals to recognize and serve the needs and challenges of rural communities in areas with limited resources and access. They will be innovative, resourceful and grounded in research while being able to represent the rural interests on state, national and international boards and organizations.

“This program will focus on the needs of smaller school systems,” Dr. Walter V. Wendler, University president, said. “Our goal is leadership and management of smaller school systems in rural communities. I’m talking about schools with smaller populations, where the administrators take on many different roles and require a whole different skill set. The Ed.D will recognize the needs of these rural schools and prepare our students as leaders and help affect a very positive outcome for everyone.”

The doctoral program will be offered online to extend opportunities to candidates across a broad, geographic area. Online instruction also will allow those working full-time jobs the opportunity to pursue a terminal degree on a schedule that meshes well with current job duties. Degree requirements include 18 semester credit hours of courses in educational leadership, 15 semester credit hours in rural specialization courses and 27 semester credit hours of research and scholarly delivery. The program will provide opportunities for seminars, conferences, guest lectures and special learning engagements on the WTAMU campus.

The new Ed.D. program is expected to begin in fall 2018. Fifteen students will be admitted to the program each year and will cap at 41 students by year three.

In other business, the board granted the title of emeritus to three former faculty members. The title recognizes the long and distinguished service of Dr. James Calvi, 34 years, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Claudia Stuart, 20 years, Instructor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Sociology; and Ella “Jean” Walker, 34 years, Instructor Emeritus of Finance.



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Eyoel Mengesha
on 8.28.2017

This is great news! Glad to hear that WT is going to have another Doctoral program!