U.S. News & World Report recognizes part-time MBA and social work programs03/21/2012
Collaborative educational efforts internally and externally have paid off for two University of Akron graduate programs, which recently were recognized nationally for their excellence.
The part-time MBA program at The University of Akron and a joint master of social work program run by UA and Cleveland State University have been honored in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."
Out of the 326 accredited business schools in the country, U.S. News & World Report ranked UA's part-time MBA program 72nd among public institutions and 123rd overall among public and private colleges and universities. Last fall, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the program 34th out of 100 MBA programs considered by the respected business magazine. That ranking was the highest received of any part-time MBA program in Northern Ohio and the 6th highest received by schools in the Midwest. It was also the first time UA made the list in the Bloomberg survey.
Faculty play key role in programs' success
While these rankings are a source of pride, says CBA Dean Ravi Krovi, they are also "a testimonial to the efforts of our excellent and highly qualified faculty. These recognitions, in addition to our other notable accomplishments, reflect the CBA's emphasis on program quality and student success."
Following a major collaborative effort between faculty and corporate advisory boards, CBA restructured its graduate programs to emphasize flexibility, interdisciplinary studies, action learning and globalization. In addition, the curriculum includes leadership, negotiations and professional integrity.
The social work program, which was ranked 104th on the magazine's list of the nation's top 200 social work graduate programs, began in 1995 and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Through distance learning technology, students in Cleveland or Akron are able to get a top-notch social work education part-time, on evenings and weekends.
Joint program serves as example
The Joint Master of Social Work program with UA and Cleveland State University was the first program in the country offered via distance education to be fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, says Tim McCarragher, associate professor and director of the School of Social Work. The school has grown from 24 students in 1995 to more than 350 students today, with thousands of graduates working in northeast Ohio and beyond.
"Our students contribute more than 130,000 hours a year in their field placements working with the most oppressed, marginalized and vulnerable populations in our communities," McCarragher says. "Our success is the result of a collaborative working relationship between two campuses, with hardworking faculty and dedicated students who strive for academic excellence. As an alumnus of the joint MSW program and now director of the School of Social Work, I'm thrilled to see that the efforts of pioneers in the field have blossomed into such a successful and well-regarded program."
The U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best Graduate Schools guidebook will be on newsstands April 3.
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