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lack Hills State University is now offering a new program, a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership (MSSL), that has already garnered the attention of business and military people in the region and throughout the nation.
The Strategic Leadership degree is designed to prepare students for execu- tive-level leadership positions. The pro- gram meets the graduate education needs of working professionals interested in advancing their careers as well as indi- viduals serving in the military with plans to be employed as civilian leaders upon completing their military service. To accommodate working adults, the program is designed to be completed in two years. Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort which begins this fall.
“This online degree will prepare executives with the leadership and stra-
r. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, is the 2008-2009 chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors. Her term began March 1.
Throughout her career, Schallenkamp has been professionally active at the state and national levels. She has served as chair of the Presidents Council for NCAA Division II and the National Teachers Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the North Central Association and The Renaissance Group.
AACTE is a national voluntary asso- ciation of higher education institutions and other organizations and is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality prepara- tion and continuing professional devel- opment for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance preschool through high school student learning. The almost 800 institutions holding AACTE member- ship include private, state, and munici- pal colleges and universities large and small located in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In addition, AACTE has a growing number of affiliate members,
Black Hills State University Alumni Magazine Page 24 BHSU offers master's degree in strategic leadership
tegic vision to transform companies and agencies. The program equips students with the insights necessary to plan for and address future opportunities and chal- lenges,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU, says. “We know that gradu- ate students, many of whom work full time, desire a convenient way to access courses and earn their advanced degree. This Strategic Leadership degree will cre- ate transformational opportunities for our students.”
According to Rajeev Bukralia, dean of educational outreach at BHSU, the Strategic Leadership degree consists of a total of 33 credit hours of graduate-level work, which includes 24 credit hours of required core courses and an additional 9 credits of approved electives, offered in an executive, cohort model entirely online. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the MSSL program incorporates the theories, methodologies, concepts, and mentorship
including state departments of education, community colleges, educational labora- tories and centers, and foreign institu- tions and organizations. Collectively, the AACTE membership prepares more than two-thirds of the new teachers entering schools each year in the United States. Schallenkamp serves as chair of the 23-member Board of Directors elected by the membership.
2008-2009 AACTE Board of Directors Chair Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, accepts the gavel of lead- ership from 2007-2008 Chair Randy
Hitz. BHSU is dedicated to research
Joanna Vandever, 2008 psychology graduate from Spearfish, explains her research poster on dopamine and serotonin levels and how they are related to behavior at the Black Hills Research Symposium. Joanna, who earned first place in the student poster presentations, also attended the 22nd National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. She was among twenty student presenters from BHSU who also had the opportunity to publish their work in the Conference Proceedings, which are distributed across the nation. The students presented research across six general disciplines - biology, business, humanities, social sciences, and psychology.
abilities vital to leading and transforming organizations.
Bukralia espouses the value of this degree for military personnel who wish to transition to leadership positions in businesses and non-profit organizations. The program supports career advance- ment in government, business, non-profit organizations, and military. He says this degree will also be an attractive option for individuals serving in the military who wish to advance to a higher rank. He noted that the degree, because it is offered entirely online, is garnering attention from people in the military and business people regionally and from across the nation. For details contact the BHSU Office of Educational Outreach at 605-642- 6258 or via e-mail at mssl@BHSU.edu
. Information is available online at www. BHSU.edu/StrategicLeadership
. Limited enrollment is available for this program.
Schallenkamp named chair of National Teacher Education Board
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