Message from Dean Kurt Kirstein
Greetings CityU Alumni, Students and Friends!
This has been a busy year for the School of Management and through this newsletter, and those to follow, I intend to keep you up to date on recent developments.
The School of Management has focused on two important initiatives in the past year. The first is the need to provide a relevant, life-long education to our graduates by offering programs that are directly linked to the jobs that employers are hiring for. All of our programs in the School of Management and The Technology Institute are designed to ensure that graduates finish their studies with the necessary knowledge and skills to land the jobs they seek. Our second major initiative has been our focus on academic quality and, in this arena, the School of Management hit a major milestone last fall by securing ACBSP accreditation for its business, accounting, and project management programs. Having this accreditation provides many benefits for the School of Management and we look forward to a continued focus on quality as an ACBSP accredited school.
Also, to better support the needs of students, we continue to develop new areas of study. In just the past year, we have created new opportunities in the following areas:
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Dr. Melanie Lawler has joined the School of Management and has brought her expertise in this area to help us develop new offerings both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently available is the BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. More programs are to follow.
- Entrepreneurship – Kathy Cox has designed a four-course series to be offered as an emphasis on the MBA which will cover essential skills that are necessary to start and maintain new businesses. This emphasis area is designed to help small business owners but the lessons learned in these courses will benefit those who may be creating new units in already established companies. For those who already have their degrees, we are looking at offering these four courses as a separate certificate.
- Internships – Ms. Cox has also designed a new way for MBA students to complete an internship and integrate it into their studies. These new internships allow students to complete an emphasis in their area of choice while also completing an internship that provides them real-world experience.
- Information Technology – In addition to our four technology programs that cover information systems, computer systems, and information security, we have added information technology. This program will focus on specific tools and practices used in IT and will prepare graduates for a number of high-demand jobs in this field.
- Performance-based BA in Management – In addition to the BA in Management, we have designed, and will be offering a performance-based option which is intended for working professionals, with significant work experience, who are returning to school in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. This program allows those with significant work experience to use that experience in pursuit of their degrees.
In the coming months and over the next year, we will continue to design and offer quality programs that prepare our graduates for jobs in their fields of choice. The work we do is for the benefit of our students and we appreciate the feedback you provide us. Please let us know how we can continue to support you.
Lastly, spring is always an exciting time as our Enactus team gets ready for competition. This year, the team will be headed to Cincinnati for its national competition and we wish the team well as they represent themselves and City University of Seattle on a national stage.
School of Management Dean, Dr. Kurt Kirstein