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Student Success Instructor Anthony Owens Earns Doctorate Degree


Congratulations to Anthony Owens, student success coach/instructor, in the College of Undergraduate Studies, who recently completed graduate studies at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Owens graduated with a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership on Friday, June 15, 2018. His dissertation is entitled, “Factors Influencing Engagement in Co-Curricular Programs Among Males at a Historically Black Institution.” A case study research approach was employed to provide insight into the lived experiences of eight African American males and to investigate the factors that influenced them to engage in leadership roles and co-curricular programs while in college. 

"The study offered strategies to assist HBCU administration, faculty, and staff to retain and graduate this student population," said Owens. "In addition, the study revealed that highlighting African American male students’ academic and co-curricular achievements, can positively influence the plight of this population in higher education." 

During his fourteen years of continuous service, Owens has worked as an interpersonal counselor in the Counseling Center, director of student development, director of newstudent orientation, freshmen and sophomore seminar instructor, campus advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success, sophomore class executive and founding charter member of Order of Omega. 

Owens' campus involvement in leadership activities is evident through participation on the Quality Enhancement Program and the 2010 Accreditation Reaffirmation Committees. He also has served as a former president of the B-CU Staff Association and was voted Staff Member of the Year in 2008. In addition, Dr. Owens received the Director’s and Customer Service Awards for outstanding and dedicated service to the Department of Student Involvement in 2013. “Helping students to succeed and reach their full potential is my ministry here at B-CU,” he said.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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