The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County celebrated the University’s history and dedication to graduate education by proclaiming April 2012 as Friends University Graduate Education Month.
Friends University’s Graduate School has instilled knowledge and integrity in future business and community leaders for 25 years. Dr. Evelyn Hume, dean of the Graduate School, accepted the proclamation honors at council meetings from Carl Brewer, mayor of the city of Wichita, and Tim Norton, chairman of the Sedgwick County Commissioners.
From its modest beginnings of just 41 students and two programs, the Friends University Graduate School has bloomed into a booming academic enterprise with more than 700 students in 12 master’s degree programs.
The University’s unique cohort format allows professional adults to meet once a week for 18-months to two years and earn graduate degrees, while still maintaining career and family obligations.
“Students attend in a cohort group, staying with the same group of students throughout the coursework of the degree, thus building strong bonds that serve them well not only during their coursework, but often throughout their careers,” Dr. Hume said.
Throughout the past 25 years, the Graduate School has grown and evolved with the needs of its students and the community. For instance, the Master of Science in Management evolved into the Master of Global Leadership and Management in 2010.
As the Graduate School continues to prosper, Dr. Hume says it has a couple goals in mind for the near future.
“The Graduate School’s next big step is to begin considering doctoral degree programs, as well as adding additional master’s degrees,” she said.