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Tip Sheet for the week of July 5, 2011

RELEASED: July 5, 2011

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A new fully online degree-completion program at UW-Eau Claire serves a population that previously has been underserved by higher education: students who want to finish their college degrees but are unable to take time away from work and family obligations. For adults who have completed an associate degree or have earned transferable credits from another institution and would like to complete a bachelor's degree, UW-Eau Claire's bachelor of professional studies degree in organizational leadership and communication offers online courses in accelerated, eight-week formats. The program — the UW System's first bachelor of professional studies degree and UW-Eau Claire's first fully online bachelor's degree completion program — provides knowledge and skills that can be applied to a variety of careers. Students may enroll in one or two courses per term and focus exclusively on those topics, and if they need to take a break from their studies, they don't have to take an entire semester off. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with comprehensive skills and knowledge are needed in almost every industry. In response, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Extension partnered to create this new 60-credit bachelor of professional studies program, which combines communication and traditional liberal arts courses — including economics, history, philosophy, political science and sociology — with course work from the College of Business. Dr. Kate Lang, UW-Eau Claire's academic director for the bachelor of professional studies degree program, is available to discuss the new degree program and how it meets unmet higher education needs in the region, state and beyond. Contact Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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Beginning this fall, UW-Eau Claire will be the first college or university in northwestern Wisconsin to offer an international business degree. Dr. Rama Yelkur initiated the idea of the major and was instrumental in the development of the new program. According to Yelkur, there is high demand among students for the international degree. Approximately 40 UW-Eau Claire students are expected to declare an international business major during the in 2011-12 academic year. By 2015-16 the university's number of international business majors is expected to grow to 71, with 18 international business students projected to graduate per year. UW-Eau Claire's international business major will include an upper-division foreign language requirement, as well as required course work in accounting, law, information systems, business communication, marketing, management, finance and economics. Students also will take elective credits from upper-level international courses in a variety of disciplines, and they must either study abroad or complete an international business internship overseas or at a company in the U.S. that is engaged in international business. Dr. Rama Yelkur, professor of marketing and coordinator of international business programs at UW-Eau Claire, and Dr. Robert Sutton, associate dean in the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, are available to discuss the new international business degree. Contact Yelkur at 715-836-4674 or yelkurr@uwec.edu, and contact Sutton at 715-836-4187 or suttonr@uwec.edu.

 

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