by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations
Efforts to advance Cedarville University’s market-focused program mix and its Christ-centered mission were foundational to the unanimous decisions announced by the Board of Trustees after its May 2 meeting. Significant actions included the addition of a Bachelor of Arts in Multi-Age Health and Physical Education and a Global Health Ministries Certificate, both pending external approvals; announcement of a joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. program option; acceptance of six new faculty members; and approval of updates to the University’s doctrinal statement.
“I am very encouraged about the future of Cedarville University based on the unanimous decisions of the Board of Trustees at the most recent meeting,” said Thomas White, president. “The Board has again demonstrated its support of expanding Cedarville’s innovative program mix and assuring we continue to educate students from a distinctly biblical worldview.”
The University’s board of trustees has approved a new combination Multi-age Health and Physical Education program which will allow the university to pursue approval by the Ohio Board of Regents. This program will add to the existing teacher education programs-all of which are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The curriculum is designed to prepare candidates to teach both health and physical education in pre-K through Grade 12 classrooms.
Expanding the offerings available under the umbrella of the School of Nursing’s successful M.S.N. program, the new Global Health Ministries Certificate will be offered fully online and include four required courses: philosophy and theology of health, healing, and illness; epidemiology; global health and vulnerable populations; and population-based healthcare management that will support and inform the work of advanced practice nurses. The launch of the Certificate is pending final approval by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org).
Cedarville’s combined Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree program is a unique combination degree offered at only a handful of institutions across the U.S. This innovative joint degree program will allow pharmacy students to begin taking graduate business courses as part of their pharmacy program electives and complete their M.B.A. in just six to nine months following completion of the Pharm.D., affording significant cost savings.
The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program was granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2013. Cedarville has offered a prepharmacy curriculum for more than 40 years and a uniquely-designed curriculum leading to the University’s own professional degree (Pharm.D.) program since 2009. It was granted pre-candidate status in January 2012 and applies for full accreditation in June 2016, one month after the graduation of its first Doctor of Pharmacy class.
The University launched its M.B.A. program, which is available fully online, last Fall 2013. Cedarville’s M.B.A. has received full endorsement from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.
When describing the opportunities afforded by this joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. option, Dr. Marc Sweeney, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, stated, “This combined degree option gives our graduates an additional edge in the marketplace as they understand not only the care, but also the business aspects of the pharmacy profession. We are committed to equipping graduates who will serve society and their organizations with integrity and excellence consistent with a biblical worldview.”
New Faculty Appointments
Six individuals received new faculty appointments, including:
- Andrew W. Wonders, M.S., instructor of sport management, School of Business Administration
- Chelsea R. Peters, Pharm. D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, School of Pharmacy
- Joshua Kira, Ph.D. (ABD), assistant professor of philosophy and theology, School of Biblical and Theological Studies
- Susan Plemons, M.M., assistant professor of worship, Department of Music and Worship
- Philip Schanely, B.A., instructor of interactive graphics, Department of Art, Design, and Theatre
- Brian K. Zimerle, M.F.A., assistant professor of studio art, Department of Art, Design, and Theatre
Finally, the Board — according to the University By-laws — is tasked with regularly reviewing and recommending updates or clarifications to the University’s doctrinal statement. The updates that were unanimously approved by the Trustees last Friday reflected this normal process and clarified the University’s position on issues such as the role of the pastor in the local church, the covenant of marriage, and the value of human life. As a Christian university, Cedarville's doctrinal statement reflects the shared beliefs of the campus community.
Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.