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Private College Leadership Network

Bethel University is partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Private College Leadership Network to offer the Private College Leadership certificate. This 4-course online certificate will be embedded into the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education curriculum. The program will prepare you as an innovative, confident leader in private college settings with knowledge and skills in organizational development, leadership, entrepreneurship, and decision making.

Program Highlights

World-class faculty

Courses are taught by professors with years of experience as senior leaders at private colleges around the country. You’ll benefit from their insight and wisdom as you learn what it takes to be a leader in 21st century higher education.

Innovative leadership preparation

You’ll be equipped to find innovative solutions for private higher education’s greatest challenges—such as financial uncertainty, rapidly changing market conditions, limited succession planning, and emerging college alternatives. You’ll also be prepared to lead change as you implement your solutions.

Convenient online format

You’ll take courses in a convenient online format with a cohort of peers who are interested in the same things you are, leading to engaging, informative, and lively discussions. The certificate courses are embedded into the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education calendar.

Program Details

The Private College Leadership certificate consists of four 3-credit online courses which are embedded into the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program. You’ll take one course at a time with a cohort of peers. After you complete all 4 courses you’ll receive a graduate-level certificate from the University of Minnesota to add to your doctoral degree from Bethel.


  • The Entrepreneurial Private College
  • Private Colleges as Formal Organizations
  • Leading Change in Private Colleges
  • Personal Leadership and the Private College

Approximate Program Length 

Each online course lasts 8 weeks. Courses are taken consecutively.


Doctoral students who choose to participate will pay the Bethel tuition rate for University of Minnesota credits.

About the Private College Leadership Network

The Private College Leadership Network supports emerging and current leaders in private colleges across Minnesota and nationally. Born out of the jCENTER for Innovative Higher Education, the network is a collaboration between Bethel University and the University of Minnesota.

How do I apply?

There are two steps to the application process:

If you have any questions please contact Bill Woodson, PCL network coordinator, at woods196@umn.edu or Erica Hering, Enrollment Counselor & Ed.D. Program Coordinator, at e-hering@bethel.edu.

From the Program Director

We're excited to partner with the Jandris Center of the University of Minnesota to offer students an innovative option for pursuing their personal and professional goals. This type of partnership between a land grant university and a private college is the first of its kind! We look forward to the possibilities this program will provide for students.

Craig Paulson
Program Director, Bethel University Ed.D. in Leadership


Explore Our Partnership and Certificate Programs

We have partnered with colleges and universities to expand program options in our Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program and to offer a University Partnership Scholarship. Learn more about these opportunities and our Private College Leadership Certificate offered by the University of Minnesota and made available through our participation in the Private College Leadership Network.

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