University of Cincinnati’s College of Business Offers Online Courses

November 7, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

University of Cincinnati Online CourseThe University of Cincinnati’s College of Business will offer its first online course in January 2011. This new online course on Introduction of Marketing will be an experiment to see if the business school can further expand on the online learning model and potentially launch an online MBA program in the near future.

Online learning is among the biggest trends in higher education. Not only are they less expensive than traditional courses held on campus, but they also provide an easier and more scalable way to increase student enrollment and help meet a university’s revenue targets.

“It allows you to reach more people,” said David Szymanski, the new dean of University of Cincinnati. “You’re not constrained by driving distance or work schedules.”

But the College of Business is not the first to offer online courses. UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services has been a leader in offering online courses. Some graduate students in education can even earn a master’s degree without ever setting foot on campus. This year, more than 3,500 UC students are already taking online courses.

This launch of online courses is only the first of several changes coming at the College of Business after new Dean Szymanski’s arrival on August 1, 2010. Szymanski’s goal is to reinvent the UC’s MBA program and improve industry connections to provide the necessary  funding and opportunities for its students.

The MBA is a lucrative program at many universities. Xavier University, for example, has about 950 students pursing an MBA, nearly all through part-time programs. “I think there’s huge potential there,” said Szymanski. “We’re not going to have a ‘me-too’ program. That’s not going to be successful. We’re here to transform, not do things exactly the same.”

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