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Dr. Marshall Flowers

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Bio

Dr. Flowers came to Bluefield from Montreat College in North Carolina, where he served six years as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. While at Montreat, he spearheaded the development of new undergraduate degree programs, as well as master’s degree programs. He also led the creation of new online degree programs, an Honors Program, and the Montreat College Undergraduate Research Symposium. In addition, he served three months as acting president.

Before Montreat, Dr. Flowers served two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bethany University in California after working one year as senior vice president for institutional research and 17 years as senior vice president for academic affairs at Northwest University in Washington. At Northwest, Dr. Flowers led the creation of 17 new undergraduate degree programs and two new graduate degrees. He also received the university’s Delta Tau Faculty Award of Honor, presented by his colleagues.

His experience also includes one year as director of development and five years as dean of students at Vanguard University in California, and five years as dean of students at North Central University in Minnesota.

Dr. Flowers and his wife, Linda, have two children. Their son, Brett, is Director of Instrumental Music at Christian Heritage School in Connecticut. And their daughter, Lindsay, is Principal Oboist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and English Hornist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231