26 Belizean professionals continue their journey towards Doctorate Degrees Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 July 2010 00:00

After three years of course work and sacrifice, twenty-six professionals are now celebrating the final year of their three-year program, which culminates in the awarding of a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) in November, 2011. As a part of the anniversary, the cohort is hosting a half-day conference under the theme “The changing face of leadership through purpose, passion, and power”, on July 26, 2010 at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza with participation from the Ministry of Education, University of Belize, and Nova Southeastern University.
The achievement of organizational effectiveness that produces excellence is almost impossible without leader excellence. Excellence in leadership can be attributed to how effectively a leader acquires and exercises power to produce power dynamics that impacts the organization. Vision is the dream of what can be within the context of the greater purpose and values of an organization. Leadership is about having the passion to ensure that organizational goals materialize. The 26-strong have acquired the leadership knowledge and skills that have adequately prepared them to build and lead learning organizations. The conference provides an opportunity for students and guest speakers to speak to what is required for leadership in the 21st century.

The doctoral program is offered through Nova Southeastern University (NSU), located in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida. NSU is offering the program through its Fischler School of Education and Human Services, with endorsement from Belize’s Ministry of Education in collaboration with the University of Belize, which is the coordinating institution and site provider. The 26-strong Belizean cohort is pursuing doctorates in education in choices from three cognates: Organizational Leadership, Higher Education, and Instructional Technology and Distance Education. 

The program is delivered through blended instruction, with NSU professors conducting 16-hour on-site weekend sessions in Belize, on-line research, synchronous communications (live-chats), asynchronous communications (threaded discussions and blogging), and consultations. Participants come from a variety of organizations and backgrounds including private and public sectors, statutory bodies, and non-governmental organizations. The doctoral candidates hold key positions in Belize in the areas of education, tourism, business, management, health, social services, and culture.

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is one of the largest accredited schools of education in the United States. Its history includes more than thirty years in facilitating distance education, and it serves more than fifteen thousand (15,000) international students annually.  It is expected that a second cohort of doctoral students will commence studies later this year in Belize.