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Georgia Southern University Online MBA Ranked Among Top 50 Best Value Online MBA Programs

Value Colleges has ranked the Georgia WebMBA®, of which the Georgia Southern Online MBA program is a part, 14th in the 2015 Top 50 Best Value Online MBA Programs (http://www.valuecolleges.com/rankings/best-value-online-mba-programs/).

According to valuecolleges.com, all AACSB-accredited business schools in the U.S. were considered and assessed according to total cost, average return on investment (ROI), and average starting salary for graduates. “Valuecolleges.com guides students to the most trustworthy programs with the lowest student debt and highest returns with its fully researched rankings and FAQs,” states Carrie Sealey-Morris, editor of Value Colleges. The Top 50 Best Value Online MBA list also uses national rankings (2015 U.S. News & World Report Online MBA) to build its list, which nationally ranked the Georgia WebMBA® #25 in U.S. News 2015 Best Online MBA Programs and #10 in CEO Magazine.

The Georgia Southern University Online MBA offered through the College of Business Administration allows working professionals to advance their careers with little interruption to their professional and personal lives. The Online MBA has been offered since 2001 and provides an asynchronous, team-based program that boasts national recognition for high student satisfaction and graduation rates. The 30- credit hour program is completed in five semesters, approximately 21 months.

The Georgia WebMBA® is offered between six business schools within Georgia. They include Georgia Southern University, Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University, Kennesaw State University, Valdosta State University, and University of West Georgia.


Georgia Southern University Logistics Students Participate in Multinational Case Study

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A group of Georgia Southern logistics students recently completed a multinational case study that included 695 students from 13 universities representing seven countries including the United States, France, Columbia, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

College of Business students in Chris Boone’s, PhD, logistics and intermodal transportation operations classes were each assigned to a four-person team, along with a mix of students from the other universities. Each team was then given 10 days to analyze a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) case. This task required the logistics students to overcome time, distance, and language challenges created by their globally distributed teams in order to address the inventory and logistics performance problems found in the CSCMP case. Each student group then presented its analysis and solutions to a faculty member from one of the other participating universities using GoToMeeting® video conferencing technology.

“The logistics faculty [members] interact regularly with alumni, employers, and industry leaders who are all stressing the added importance of students gaining firsthand experience dealing with the issues, challenges, and pressures faced by logistics professionals in today’s increasingly complex and global business environment,” commented Chris Boone, PhD. “This case study is but one example of the dedicated efforts by faculty from across the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration to provide our students the high quality education and practical experiences valued by today’s employers.”

Many logistics and supply chain firms are becoming more reliant on the use of geographically dispersed team, and this innovative case experience has equipped Georgia Southern logistics students for success when they are presented with a similar situation in the future. This opportunity was the first to all Georgia Southern logistics students to participate in this innovative case study, which has now included more than 3,000 students from 27 universities worldwide. Preparation for the Fall 2015 case study is underway with plans to add schools from Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.


Georgia Southern University WebMAcc Program Ranked 7th

The Georgia Southern University WebMAcc program has been ranked 7th by topaccountingdegrees.org in its Top 20 Master of Accounting Online Degree Programs 2015, ranking higher than Auburn University’s Online Master of Accounting program (http://www.topaccountingdegrees.org/master-of-accounting-online/).

According to topaccountingdegrees.org, the Top 20 Master of Accounting Online Degree Programs 2015 rankings were based on average tuition (weighted 10%), AACSB accreditation (weighted 30%), CPA exam pass rate (weighted 20%), employment rate (weighted 20%), and salary projections (weighted (20%). Information regarding each criterion came from College Navigator, AACSB International, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and U.S. News, respectively. Each school was then given a final score out of 100, and those with the top 20 scores were included in the ranking.

“The Georgia Southern College of Business Administration is unique in that it is accredited by the AACSB for both business and accounting. Their no frills, 100 percent accounting program is one of the best ways to start a career in finance today, with rigorous coursework and a team-based learning approach that ensures success. The support students receive from classmates and professors is just one factor in the high CPA exam pass rate they see after graduation. Coursework featuring accounting, auditing and information technology seminars, legal issues, and income tax provide a robust framework for negotiating the financial arena professionally,” states topaccountingdegrees.org. In-state tuition is $6,468 per year and out-of-state tuition is $25,846 per year.

For more information on the 30-credit hour, fully-online Georgia Southern WebMAcc program, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/BusinessGraduate or email soa@georgiasouthern.edu.

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International:  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.


Georgia Southern University Online MBA Ranked 17th by BestColleges.com

The Online MBA offered by the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University has been ranked 17th by BestColleges.com as a Top Online MBA Program of 2015. (http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-mba-programs/)

According to BestColleges.com, the Best Online Programs rankings are compiled using qualitative measures and data provided by IPEDS and the schools. BestColleges.com reviewed more than 350 not-for-profit online programs, taking into consideration factors such as accreditation, academic quality, and peer reviews.

“We are gratified by the recognition and excited to be listed among the best programs in the nation,” states Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to deliver good value, and rankings like this are a testament to that commitment and effort.”

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has found that one in three U.S. college students now take at least one class online. Completing an online MBA allows working professionals to continue working and maintaining their personal lives without much interruption, while advancing their education and opening their careers to new opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annual corporate recruitment survey reports employer interest in hiring MBAs is increasing.

The Georgia Southern College of Business Administration has offered its Online MBA since 2001. The program is cohort-based, asynchronous and 5 semesters/21 months, with an established track record of preparing students for the complexities of today’s global business environment. The Georgia Southern Online MBA boasts high student satisfaction and graduation rates.

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only about 5 percent of all colleges of business are AACSB accredited.

For more information on the Georgia Southern MBA programs, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/MBA or call 912.478.5767.


Entrepreneur Lecture Series to Feature Digital Cobbler, Lucy Beard

On Tuesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m., in the College of Engineering and Information Technology, Room 1004, the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration Business Innovation Group (BIG) will host the Entrepreneur Lecture Series with speaker, Lucy Beard, as she discusses her adventures in starting Feetz, the digital cobbler for the new era.

After becoming frustrated trying on several pairs of ill-fitting shoes, Beard pondered the idea of custom-fit shoes using 3D printer technology. She and her team spent a year developing the unique SizeMe™ technology with guidance from experts in footwear and 3D printing.

Customers use the Feetz mobile app to take three pictures of each of their feet. Then, the customer designs and personalizes their Feetz shoes to fit his/her own personal style. The shoes are then 3D printed and shipped to the customer.

Feetz relocated from San Diego into The TENN Master Accelerator Program at Launch Tennessee in Chattanooga. The company has since developed patent-protected algorithms and customized software that create the 3D printable shoes from models of customers’ feet. The company has also been working on novel material compositions and material designs to extend the durability and flexibility of the 3D printable materials available. Beard has also raised $1.3 million in seed funding from Khosla Ventures and The JumpFund.

BIG is excited to have Lucy Beard share her story and amazing technology with the Georgia Southern community as it awaits the much anticipated construction of the digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab) slated to open at City Campus. Growth of the City Campus with the FabLab and Innovation Incubator will bring similar opportunities to entrepreneurs and innovators in the region.

The Entrepreneur Lecture Series was developed by the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership as a way to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit. This lecture series plays a great role in helping to harness and grow an innovative culture in the region. For more information or further inquiries, please email Suzanne Hallman, BIG business advisor, at shallman@georgiasouthern.edu.

Click here to view the event poster.


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