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Our story is best told by the success of our graduates.


Beth John

“Returning to school for my doctorate after 8 years post-graduate work was no easy feat. As an older student, mother, and full time employee, my view of life and education had greatly shifted from my undergraduate and graduate school experiences. The cohort model of the Edgewood College program allowed me to thrive within community. I was challenged in so many ways to be my best self, both academically and professionally. Through this program, I have found a new love for research, especially research that can bring positive change and give voice to student populations that have often been overlooked in higher education.”

Beth John, Ed.D. '09
Director of First Year Experience

University of Wisconsin Whitewater


Dawn Nonn

“My most memorable experience during the dissertation process was the time I spent with Drs. Linda and Richard Barrows. They are brilliant teachers with a wealth of knowledge that they graciously shared. I felt incredibly blessed to have them on my team. I believe my perspective on leadership has increased my determination to be solutions oriented. This includes looking for ways to ensure that students are given the tools and foundation of knowledge that is aligned with assessment expectations, but also provides an accurate picture of the individual child's abilities and unique learning style.”

Dawn Nonn, Ed.D. '09

Madison Metropolitan School District


Debbie Bebeau

"Edgewood College was my first experience teaching or learning in a private educational institution. I have enjoyed being immersed in a learning community at Edgewood that embraces values similar to mine. Edgewood faculty, staff, and students have not only exemplified the college’s values but have also threaded the values into learning activities in every course. I enjoy reflecting about how I will integrate Edgewood College values in higher educational leadership."

Debbie Bebeau, MS, QTR; Current Ed.D. Student
Clinical Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

UW-Madison Occupational Therapy Program


Carol Keintz

“My experience in the Edgewood College EdD program was enhanced by the strong and visionary leadership of this program. The overarching vision of excellence and authentic research-based practice throughout the coursework encouraged myself and my peers to strive to higher goals and ultimately produce our best work through our research.”

Carol Keintz, Ed.D. '09
CEO & Executive Director, Next Door Foundation

Milwaukee, WI





Charles Cunningham

Charles Cunningham, Ed.D. '13
Counselor and College Success Instructor, Madison College

Madison, WI

Charles Cunningham ’13 has found his niche in the world of higher education. His calling, he says, is “looking out for those who people often overlook: men of color.”

Charles, a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College, was part of the team that founded the Mentoring Minority Male Scholars Program, or 3MSP, at Madison College in 2008.

“At the time, there was no concerted effort to really have a learning community with a faculty-student mentoring piece,” says Charles, who has been a counselor at Madison College since 2007. “I've always been a big believer in mentoring and the impact of mentors, especially educational mentors.”

Inspired by research done at the college and nationwide that showed how crucial it is for minority students to feel connected to their campus community, 3MSP was started to support male students of color at Madison College. Charles says that 3MSP helps “create a sense of belonging” for its student members.

Participation has doubled since 3MSP was created and, today, the retention rates of African-American male students in the program are higher than that of the general student population. In 2013, a similar group was started for women, modeled on the successes of 3MSP.

Charles’ experience in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College has complemented his work with 3MSP. The process of building 3MSP fit well with his graduate work and research. “

The Edgewood College doctoral program gave me the confidence, knowledge, and the fortitude to effectively implement a program with impact on students’ academic successes. It gave me the tenets to help students in a more systematic way.” As he looks back on his time at the College, Charles Cunningham says, “It was fascinating and I loved it … I felt supported; I felt that people cared.”