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UW-Eau Claire MBA
MAILED: May 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Ernie Perez was just seven credits short of his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire when an attractive job offer caused him to move to Florida. Thanks to a new MBA online option, Perez will finish his MBA at UW-Eau Claire despite his move south.
"The online option has allowed me to pursue completion of my MBA through UW-Eau Claire without having to re-apply to local programs and try to transfer credits," Perez said. "Having taken some classes via the Internet through UW-Eau Claire, I feel comfortable that classes will be worthwhile and administered in such a manner that I will learn just as much as in a traditional classroom setting."
Perez is just one of many students who will benefit from the flexibility that's now offered through UW-Eau Claire's MBA program, said Robert Erffmeyer, MBA program director. Starting in the fall, students can complete the entire program online, the entire program on campus or combine the two options as it meets their needs, he said.
"Our MBA students now have choices," Erffmeyer said. "They can do what works best for their schedule during any given semester. It's the best of both worlds because they can mix and match."
Traditionally, MBA students had to spend one or two nights per week attending classes on campus. Job and family responsibilities often made that difficult, limiting the number of people who had the ability to complete the program, Erffmeyer said, noting that still others simply lived too far away to make it feasible for them to enroll in the program.
"Students can complete the 30-credit online program in about two years," Erffmeyer said. "And they do it on their schedule, not ours. There is no set clock time during which they must do their work. And they don't have to travel to campus, which also saves them time."
Other benefits to the online option include:
Every student has the opportunity to answer a question or offer a comment, unlike a classroom setting in which only a few people get the chance to speak. And students have time to reflect on their response before sharing it.
Students can interact with classmates who live and work in other parts of the state, country or even world, which means more opportunities to learn from others who've had different experiences.
UW-Eau Claire's online MBA already is attracting attention from students inside and outside the Chippewa Valley, partly because they understand the value of a UW degree, Erffmeyer said. The employers of online students range from the government to service organizations to health care and manufacturing, he said. And job titles of online students include everything from application engineer to finance manager to programmer to supervisor of communications to nurse.
UW-Eau Claire offers the online MBA program as part of a UW System business consortium that includes UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside. Faculty from participating campuses teach the MBA courses, just as they do the online MBA Foundation classes, Erffmeyer said. A consortium allows the campuses to share resources, and the UW System can provide valuable support to e-learners, he said. Because UW-Eau Claire coordinates the consortium, students completing the program earn MBAs from UW-Eau Claire.
For more information about UW-Eau Claire's MBA program, contact Erffmeyer at (715) 836-4644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 28, 2002