“Forward-thinking and visionary individuals who desire to be catalysts of change”—That’s the official description of the 167 graduates of the Executive Ph.D. program in urban higher education at Jackson State University, all of whom were honored this month at the 10th anniversary celebration of the program.
Beyond the glowing words and glossy photos are the graduates themselves—educators, administrators, corporate CEOs, government officials including two mayors, and consultants working with nonprofits and youth projects.
The intensive program is known for its rigor, because it is completed in two years, inclusive of the dissertation. It has attracted a diverse group of mainly mid-career professionals who have previously earned master’s degrees and who work in a cohort of about 20 students.
After 10 strong years, Jackson State Provost and Senior Vice President James Renick says “relevancy is the key” to an even more successful future.
“We’re going to continue to assess the relevancy of the program and make sure the currency is the best possible,” Renick explains. “Because it was successful in the first decade doesn’t guarantee that it will be as successful in the next decade. We need to be forward-thinking, bringing in new ideas.” He added that greater use of the university’s “robust infrastructure” in online education will be critical. <Read more.>