DBU's M.Ed. in Higher Education Online Program Recognized

Masters Higher Ed Tish Hearne

“As a student, God is deepening my knowledge in higher education research. As a professor, God is using me to share what I’ve learned and experienced in the field to support students on the journey to serve in higher education. As a director, God is allowing me to engage with prospective students and encourage them as they answer the call to pursue a career in higher education.” - Tish Hearne, Program Director

Dallas Baptist University was recently recognized among the top affordable Master’s in Higher Education online programs by Best Colleges Online, the mission of which is to simplify the college search process and provide expert insights into the best accredited online universities across the United States. The ranking considered accreditation, affordability, and rankings in major publications. 

Mrs. Tish Hearne serves as Director of the program. Raised in Oak Cliff and Grand Prairie, Tish was a first-generation college student who completed her Associate of Arts degree from Tyler Junior College followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from UTA. As an undergraduate student, she sharpened her gift of communication by leading several student clubs and becoming the leading sales manager for UTA Student Publications, which prepared her for her first career position in consultative sales and marketing at The Wall Street Journal, managing accounts from California to the United Kingdom.

Tish later became program chair and business management professor at North Lake College where she served for 12 years before coming to DBU, first as a current Ph.D. student in Leadership Studies and then accepting an invitation to become Director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program and as Assistant Professor teaches the following courses: Access and Equity in Higher Education; College and University Administration; and Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

“As a student, God is deepening my knowledge in higher education research. As a professor, God is using me to share what I’ve learned and experienced in the field to support students on the journey to serve in higher education. As a director, God is allowing me to engage with prospective students and encourage them as they answer the call to pursue a career in higher education.”

Tish is currently working toward finishing her dissertation in the area of ethnic diversity, inclusion, and belonging among faculty and staff in higher education institutions, and this semester she is leading one of three student book clubs on the topic of racial justice. She serves on the Board of Directors for Project Still I Rise, a community based non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for minority youth. She lives in Grand Prairie with her husband Charlie and attends St. Joseph Baptist Church in West Dallas.

DBU’s M.Ed. in Higher Education is a 36-hour, non-thesis degree program designed to develop the skills necessary to lead on a college or university campus and support the implementation of the institution’s mission and vision. Concentrations include Community College Leadership, Distance Learning Specialization, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, or Student Affairs. Courses are conveniently available in online, hybrid, and weekend formats. A biblical and values-driven approach to leadership in a Christ-centered academic environment equips students to make a lasting impact on college campuses.

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Written by Dr. Michael Whiting

Dr. Michael Whiting is the Director of Written Content in University Communications at Dallas Baptist University.

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