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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HLGU unveils new Master of Arts degree

  • Since its founding in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange University has seen countless additions in terms of its teaching staff, facilities and academic offerings. Another significant addition was unveiled Thursday when university administrators outlined a new Master of Arts in Leadership degree.
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  • Since its founding in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange University has seen countless additions in terms of its teaching staff, facilities and academic offerings. Another significant addition was unveiled Thursday when university administrators outlined a new Master of Arts in Leadership degree.
    The new degree will have two tracks – Christian Ministry and Organizational Management. The learning program, which will consist of 30 credit hours, is intended to be completed in one calendar year. All the classes will be offered solely online.
    Anticipation regarding the new offering was running high during Thursday morning’s press conference in the Roland Library lobby.
    “I am excited about this,” said Dr. Ray Carty, vice president of institutional effectiveness. “We’ve grown in other areas. We’ve grown in our baccalaureate program, but it’s time for us to step up now and do something more at a higher level. I’m excited about this leadership program.”
    Dr. Anthony Allen, HLGU president, believes offering the program online will meet an access need for many students.
    “A lot of people think it’s not the best delivery method, but really for adult learners it’s a very effective delivery method. Research is showing that adults learn in this type of environment, having this type of access. It also makes it possible for them to continue with their career and family responsibility. We’re very, very excited about it,” he said.
    The decision was made to offer a leadership degree after a thorough review was made of the educational opportunities that are available in cyberspace.
    “It’s a very different degree,” said Dr. Jill Arnold, online programs director. “We looked at lots of different business degrees that are offered online, and there are a lot. We saw where there was a deficit was in leadership. There is a big need for leadership in our area just because people need people that can motivate them, influence them and help them achieve things. We saw that need and that’s why we made the degree.”
    Even before the degree was finalized, university officials knew there was interest.
    “We did some surveying before we even put out this degree to see if there was a need and we’ve had a lot of feedback from our alumni and people in the community,” said Arnold. “We’ve had over 100 people say they were really interested in this degree, so we’re really excited that we’ll be able to serve them.”
    Carty believes being able to complete the degree in a year will be appealing.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Part of what makes it desirable I think is that it’s just a one-year program. It’s a rigorous program, but a person can commit themselves to that one year and in one year they can bring it to fruition,” he said.
    Allen, who will teach one course in the new Masters program, says this will not be HLGU’s last new offering.
    “It’s kind of the next step in expanding our degree program,” he said. “This is a priority for us and our disciplines to add masters level course work and then eventually doctoral level work.”
    Those interest in learning more about the new leadership degree are asked to contact Kayla McBride, HLGU online student facilitator, at KMcBride@hlg.edu or by phone at (573) 629-3050.
     
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