Bridgepoint Education's University of the Rockies Receives Approval for New PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership
Two New Master's Programs Also Approved by Higher Learning Commission


Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced that University of the Rockies has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer one new doctoral program and two new master’s programs. The approved degree programs are a PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership, an MA in Human Services and an MA in Organizational Development and Leadership.

“This is an exciting time for University of the Rockies,” said Dr. Charlita Shelton, President of University of the Rockies. “The addition of these new programs expands our offerings beyond the area of psychology. We are now poised to become a leader in the behavioral and social sciences, as well.”

The decision to develop these particular programs was based on research that indicated a strong demand for degrees in the areas of organizational development and human services – a demand that is not currently being met by many other universities.

“Students have been asking for advanced degree programs in these areas,” Dr. Shelton explained. “The faculty and staff of University of the Rockies look forward to offering these degrees to students and potential students looking for education in these expanding fields.”

The HLC is the accrediting body for University of the Rockies. It is a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and it accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.  

About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580. 

About University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies is a graduate school specializing in master's and doctorate degree programs in psychology. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (, classes are offered online and at the University's Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 866.621.0124 x2513.