business program earns regional recognition
A University business program will be honored with a regional award
later this month for being both successful and innovative.
The University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) will recognize
the Advanced Studies in Business (ASB) post-baccalaureate certificate program
with its Mid-Atlantic Region's Credit Program Development Award at the group's
annual conference later this month in Syracuse, N.Y.
The ASB program is designed to meet the professional development needs
of a variety of continuing education students including working professionals
and part-time students. It is a joint program of the university's Office of
Extended Studies and the John L. Grove College of Business.
Dr. Christina M. Sax, dean of extended studies, said those involved
with the program hope to build on its success. "We hope to apply this model to
new programs that meet the needs of working professionals in south central
Pennsylvania," she said.
Dr. Patricia Wolf, assistant dean of Grove College and director of the
university's Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program, said the ASB
program "is perfect for working professionals who want to expand their
knowledge of business but do not want to commit to a full graduate degree
The program was launched in 2006 in response to a recommendation from
the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to ensure
consistent skill levels for students admitted to and enrolled in the
university's MBA program. ASB courses may be used to fulfill the pre-requisites
of an MBA program, to complete a 16-credit post-baccalaureate certificate or as
stand-alone professional development courses.
The five four-credit courses are offered in an accelerated 10 to 12
week format via both evening face-to-face and online class work, allowing
students to complete the ASB certificate in one year.
In an effort to meet the needs of a wide geographic area, the program
uses videoconferencing technology to link students at three locations:
Shippensburg's campus, at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and at Snyder's
of Hanover corporate headquarters.
Sax and Carolyn Callaghan, assistant dean in the extended studies office,
will accept the award on the university's behalf. Callaghan said the
recognition "validates the collaborative efforts among our university
departments and external partnerships such as area chamber of commerce offices
and regional businesses."