EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee
Davis College: Master Plan Amendment to authorize
the College to offer a
Bachelorís of Religious Education (B.R.E.) degree program in
December 19, 2006
Goals 2 and 4
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Regents approve an amendment to the master plan of Davis College authorizing the College to offer a
Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.) degree program in Organizational
Required by State regulation.
will come before the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee at its
January 2007 meeting where it will be voted on and action taken. It then will come before the full Board
at its January 2007 meeting for final action.
Davis College submitted this proposal in April
2005 and the Department has determined that the program, if approved, would meet
registration standards. Master plan amendment is required
because this will be the Collegeís first baccalaureate degree in the discipline
amendment approval is needed to authorize Davis College to offer its first baccalaureate
degree program in the discipline of Business. The Board of Regents granted a
provisional charter in 1993 to Practical Bible College. In 1993 the College was authorized to
offer the degrees of Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Bachelor of
Religious Education (B.R.E.). In
2004, the Regents approved the name change to Davis College. The College offers programs in
Counseling, Christian Ministries, Creative Arts in Worship and
Ministry, International Studies, Pastoral Studies, Teaching English as a Second
Language (TESL), and Youth Ministries.
In the fall of 2005, 256 undergraduate students were enrolled.
The purpose of the proposed program in
Organizational Leadership is to equip students to assume leadership and
managerial roles within whatever organizations they will serve. The integrated sequence of courses
develops studentsí understanding of Christian leadership and ethics. The curriculum will enhance studentsí
competencies and skills in management, business, communication, interpersonal
relationships, problem-solving, change implementation, and multicultural
employment opportunities of graduates of Davis College will continue to be strong with
enhanced opportunities for employment with larger churches as executive pastors,
para-church organizations as leaders and managers, and service oriented
agencies. Davis Collegeís graduates will have
opportunities for graduate work all across the country in this program of study.
Faith-based colleges in New York
State that offer masterís level degrees
in this field include Roberts
Wesleyan College in Rochester
College in Nyack.
A review of
the Collegeís finances found it in sound financial condition.
institution, the State University of New York at Binghamton, responded to a canvass conducted of
all the colleges and universities in the Central Region of New York State. It expressed support for the
recommended that the Board of Regents approve a master plan amendment to
College to offer its first
baccalaureate degree program in the discipline of Business. This amendment will be effective only
until January 31, 2008, unless the Department registers the program prior to
that date, in which case master plan amendment shall be without term.
Timetable for Implementation
If the Board
approves this master plan amendment, the Department will register the program
and the College will proceed to recruit and enroll students.