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 American 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 Missouri 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). https://graduate.missouristate.edu/Catalog/prog-doctorate-defense-and-strategic-studies.htm 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 https://news.missouristate.edu/2020/08/18/doctorate-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. https://www.cuw.edu/academics/programs/business-administration-doctorate/index.html#overview 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!