HLC Recent Actions

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I am addicted to reading the HLC monthly updates. So, I decided to start a thread on its monthly updates, related specifically to online/hybrid programs.

    July 2020 Actions

    I think the American College of Education should change its name. In recent years, it has strayed from education to offer healthcare, business/leadership, and nursing degrees. However, it recently failed in its bid to further diversify its offerings.

    Denial of Request for Change

    merican College of Education, Indianapolis, IN
    • Denied the institution’s request to offer the Master of Business Administration in Social Impact.
    • Denied the institution’s request to offer the Master of Science in Data Analytics.
    Approval of Request for Change

    issouri State University, Springfield, MO
    • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Doctorate of Defense and Strategic Studies.
    Doctor of Defense and Strategic Studies (DDSS)
    This program operates in Fairfax, Virginia, and is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


    The above link does not provide much info in terms of delivery. However, a related news article provides further insights.

    Missouri State Doctor of Defense and Strategic Studies program accredited

    [Dr. John] Rose said the program will allow part-time, and seated or online, enrollment. Additionally, it will not require a residency, further enabling working professionals to achieve a doctoral degree at their own pace.

    The degree program requires a written doctoral capstone project.

    Rose and other DSS colleagues will begin a pilot program in Virginia this fall. It will involve six to 10 students.

    “The pilot program will allow DSS to ensure it has all procedures and processes adequately in place for a larger cohort of doctoral students to enter the program for the spring 2021 semester,” Rose said.

    Rose said over 100 students in the past year have expressed interest in applying to the doctoral program.

    Approval of Request for Change

    Concordia University, Mequon, WI
    • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and approved the institution’s request to remove the limitation to its doctoral program offerings in its HLC stipulation.

    This DBA will primarily be an online program with minor residency requirements. Courses were designed in collaboration with the School of Education in an eight-week format for students who already possess an MBA or a Master in Organizational Leadership degree, especially organizational managers seeking to advance their careers by developing an ability for advanced critical reasoning.

    Sixteen new online courses had to be developed for the doctorate, which is expected to be launched in the United States July 2021, but the application is now open. This first co-hort will fill fast, secure your spot today!

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    There a so many DBA are floating around the Internet. I think they need to focus more into IT Professional Doctorate for Consulting.
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  3. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    September 2020 Actions


    niversity of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

      • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Doctor of Business Administration with Cybersecurity Management Emphasis.
    Executive DBA - Cybersecurity Management (AACSB Accredited Business School)

    The EDBA Cyber program is designed for working professionals who have a minimum of 5 years of managerial or consultative experience in cybersecurity, Information systems, IT, or a related field. The EDBA-Cyber is a 3.5 year, part-time program.

    The program is delivered in an executive format. All courses are online except for the limited residency cohorts which will meet on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, three times per semester. Enrolled out-of-state students will be provided with travel stipends to help offset the costs of travel to Colorado Springs.

    Tuition: $1,060 (in state) x 60 = 63,600; $1,437 (out of state) x 60 = 86,220

  4. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Their offerings still appear pretty heavily skewed toward teachers. The nursing degree is an RN to MSN and they have an MHA.

    Of course, they historically didn't offer bachelors degrees and I cannot imagine they would have much success offering an online bachelors in education but there the offers expand to business and health care admin as the only two degrees.

    I think it's a dumb name even when they only offer degrees for teachers.

    Just name it after a person or place and you're generally good to go.
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