Our Lady Of Holy Cross College Awards First Doctorate Degree

NEW ORLEANS – Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC) will confer its first doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

         Kristi McCaskill, who is an Associate Vice President at the National Board of Certified Counselors in Greensboro, N.C., will receive the PhD degree in counselor education and supervision.

         OLHCC began offering the Ph.D. degree in fall of 2013. The degree program requires a minimum of 114 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree.   The PhD degree program includes doctoral level courses in counseling, supervision of counselors, college teaching, and research. Doctoral candidates must complete a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship plus a dissertation that includes original empirical research in an area of counseling.

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         McCaskill’s dissertation examined traits of counselors who were disciplined by a certification board for ethical violations.

         McCaskill holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an Associate Vice President at the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), McCaskill supervises the ethics department and is involved in marketing and communications. NBCC currently certifies more than 55,000 counselors in more than 40 countries.

         Dr. Tom Clawson, NBCC CEO and President, will attend the graduation ceremony and will hood McCaskill along with Dr. Ted Remley, a professor counseling who chaired McCaskill’s dissertation committee.  Clawson holds a doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary and has led NBCC since 1989.

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         A fully accredited Catholic liberal arts college on the West Bank of New Orleans, OLHCC offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities.  Some of the college's most distinctive programs are in Nursing, Biology, Counseling, Education and Theology. The college was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848.



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