Wayland Board of Trustees approves doctoral programs

April 24, 2014

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees approved three doctoral programs Thursday afternoon. The curriculum for the new degrees was designed by current faculty and administrators. Pending approval by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges, Wayland plans to offer a Ph.D. in Business Administration as well as a Doctor of Management and Doctor of Education degree, all three programs are tentatively scheduled to begin in the Fall 2015 semester.

The Ph.D. degree is a 60-hour program consisting of 48 hours of coursework in accounting, statistical and econometric analysis, management information systems, marketing, management, economics, finance and leadership. The additional 12 hours of the program will be devoted to the dissertation.

The Ph.D. will initially be offered only on the Plainview campus in a face-to-face format. Students will take 6 semester hours per term for 10 terms to complete the two-and-a-half-year program.

The Doctor of Management (D. MGT) degree is a 60-hour program that will be offered online. The program will include 15 semester hours in management theory, organizational and behavioral theory, human resource management, and 12 hours in research design. Students must also complete a comprehensive exam as well as a research project.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed for education professionals looking to become leaders of educational institutions. This 60-hours program includes coursework and 12 hours of dissertation work.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall explained that with the Board approval, Wayland will now seek final approval from SACS Commission on Colleges, Wayland’s accrediting agency, to offer the programs.

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved an operating budget of just less than $68 million for 2014-15 -- an approximately 10% decrease from the previous year. The budget reflects the following increases in tuition:
    • Undergraduate students on the Plainview campus will pay $495 a credit hour, up from $480. Graduate students will also pay $495 per hour, up from $455.
    • Undergraduate tuition on the external campuses will increase to $262 per hour, up from $254. Graduate student tuition will increase to $305 per hour, up from $296.
    • The School of Nursing tuition will increase from $355 per hour to $365. The Master of Science in Nursing program will increase to $410 per hour, up from $398.
    • Virtual campus tuition will increase from $338 to $348 per hour for undergraduates. Graduate tuition will increase to $407 per hour, up from $395.
  • Approved the following faculty promotions:
    • From Associate Professor to Professor: Dr. Robert Carpenter, Dr. Kelly Warren, Dr. Ben Craver, Dr. Brent Schlitternhart, Dr. Andrew Kasner, and Dr. Debra Flournoy-Buford
    • From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor: Dr. Michael Dain, Dr. Clinton Lowin, Dr. Karen Dempster, Dr. Emilia Moore, Dr. Brent Lynn, Mr. Steve Long, Dr. Joe Vandiver, and Dr. Gene Whitfill
  • Approved an extended sabbatical for Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art and curator of the Abraham Art Gallery and Museum of the Llano Estacado to focus on travel, research and painting during the spring and summer of 2015.
  • Granted Emeritus status to Dr. Kent Brooks who retired April 15 after 27 years of service at Wayland’s Lubbock campus. He served as Director, Campus Dean and Executive Director for 19 years before moving to the Director of Development position.
  • Recognized fellow Board member Dr. Gary and Janice Abercrombie with the Keeper of the Flame Award, given to those whose donations to the university exceed $100,000.
  • Dedicated an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Don and Lannie Cook. Dr. Cook is an Emeritus Professor of English, retiring in 2004 after 40 years of teaching at Wayland.