The two schools on Wednesday signed an articulation agreement that will allow MUW to accept 12 graduate credit hours from BMC for the Educational Leadership Program – a master’s degree curriculum for the preparation of school administrators.
Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward, president of Blue Mountain and an alumna of MUW, said the partnership between the two schools is “a natural.”
“One of the positive changes in higher education is the openness of some colleges and universities to work together to provide the highest quality of educational services for students and to accommodate students in the delivery of these services,” Coward said.
“Blue Mountain College, a private institution, and Mississippi University for Women, a public university, take seriously our role in preparing educational leaders. By partnering, we can extend our services to a larger student population and create a larger pool of educational leaders in our region and beyond.”
Allegra Brigham, interim president of MUW, agreed, saying, “Collaboration and cooperation among institutions of higher learning is a critical component of 21st century education.
“We all have to look at ways we can share our expertise with each other for the benefits of our students and for the institutions as a whole. When we work together, everybody achieves more.”
Dr. Janice Nicholson, dean of graduate studies at BMC, emphasized this agreement is very specific to both the program and the two colleges; that it is not a matter of taking a few courses at one school and transferring them to another.
“It’s only for four specific courses and it’s only between MUW and Blue Mountain,” she said. “MUW is a great school and we’re excited to be working with them.”