Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee


Johanna Duncan-Poitier




Davis College:  Master Plan Amendment to authorize  the College to offer a Bachelorís of Religious Education (B.R.E.) degree program in Organizational Leadership



December 19, 2006



Goals 2 and 4






Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)


Should the 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 Leadership?


Reason(s) for Consideration

            Required by State regulation.

Proposed Handling


This question 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.


Procedural History


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 of Business.


Background Information


Master plan 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 sensitivities.


The 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 and Nyack College in Nyack.


A review of the Collegeís finances found it in sound financial condition.


One 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 program.




It is recommended that the Board of Regents approve a master plan amendment to authorize Davis 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.