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Updates to SGPS from Dennis Dougherty


I welcome the opportunity to use this forum to provide the Rosemont community with an update on what is happening in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). The School of Professional Studies offers undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and business administration and the School of Graduate Studies offers master’s degrees in education, healthcare administration, strategic leadership, business administration, counseling psychology, creative writing, publishing, and forensic sociology. SGPS currently delivers fully online programs in healthcare administration, business administration and strategic leadership through Rosemont College Online (RCO). On ground course work is delivered on the main campus, at the College’s Center City location in the Land Title Building, at the Philadelphia Policy Academy, and at Independence Blue Cross which is located at 1901 Market Street in Philadelphia.

The good news for SGPS is that our key performance indicators such as head count, credit hours, completed applications, and new enrolment have been trending upward since the beginning of 2016. This is in part due to the success of our partnering agreements with local law enforcement agencies, Independence Blue Cross, Cedar Crest College, and the new academic programs in forensic sociology and graduate education.

There are a number of interesting initiatives underway in SGPS. Jay Kolick, the director of the criminal justice program, has proposed a master’s degree in homeland security. Jay has been working with representatives of the Naval Post Graduate School, a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security. If all goes well, we hope to go to market with the program early next year. Initially, it will be offered through Rosemont College Online.

Cathie Coleman-Dickson, the director of SGPS business programs, and forty students and faculty spent ten days at Christ Church College in Oxford, England. The itinerary included visits to the Oxford University Press Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Castle, Urban Outfitters in London, and Bodeleian Library. Additionally, Cathie has a lead role in SGPS’ partnership with the African Sisters Education Collaboration (ASEC). SGPS will be delivering online courses to sisters in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon beginning January 2017. Cathie will be traveling to Africa in late fall 2016 to conduct an orientation course for the sisters.


Dennis R. Dougherty EdD
Dean, Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies
Rosemont College
610- 527-0200 x2300