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Wilberforce University Continues Moving Towards Excellence in Courses of Study

The nation’s first, private HBCU introduces Dr. Nedra Allen, the university’s new Dean of General and Foundational Studies, and the Center for Academic Support.

General education is an area of academics that does not target one specific course of study. Under her department leadership, freshman and sophomore students will better matriculate through their general education coursework.  Direction from Dr. Allen will increase motivation for Wilberforce students who need more strategic focus in their academics.

“It is my hope these young minds, through general education, will be successful and will learn to use skills to better themselves toward their future at Wilberforce and throughout life.” – Dr. Nedra Allen, Dean of General and Foundational Studies and the Center for Academic Success –

Dr. Allen will report to Dr. J. D.  Jones, Provost and VP, Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Allen comes to Wilberforce with an extensive background in general studies. That includes understanding the needs of some students who may not be quite college ready and need extra help to navigate towards the goal of graduation.  Whether that involves tutoring and/or mentoring, the university will provide the necessary avenues to get that degree.” – Dr. J. D. Jones

General education courses allow a diversity of study that can lead to several more specific disciplines as students advance toward their junior or senior year.

Dr.  Allen comes to Wilberforce University from Little Rock, AR. Her educational background includes a B.A. degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an M. Ed. in Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University, and an Ed. D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University. She is the former Chair of the Literacy Skills Department in the General Education Division of Philander Smith College in Arkansas.

Dr. Allen begins her employment at Wilberforce Monday, March 8th.

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