W. P. Carey School of Business announces new degrees

November 1, 2013

One of the largest and highest ranked business schools in the nation is announcing several new degree offerings for next year. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is adding new choices in the areas of “big data,” supply chain management and finance, plus a certificate in sales.

“We’re seeing tremendous growth in demand for professionals who can analyze the mountains of ‘big data’ coming into companies through social media, networking with customers and other methods,” explains Amy Hillman, dean of the school. “That’s why we’re adding a new bachelor’s degree in data analytics and an online version of our existing master’s degree program in business analytics. We’re also introducing new degrees in global logistics from our top 10-ranked Supply Chain Management Department and a new master’s degree in finance.” W. P. Carey School of Business Download Full Image

Experts estimate 4.4 million data analysts will be needed worldwide by 2015, so this is a big area of career growth. The new bachelor’s program in business data analytics will be available at ASU’s Tempe campus, and the master’s will be a flexible online program lasting 16 months, allowing working professionals to take part. In addition, the school will launch an undergraduate certificate in applied business data analytics.

The undergraduate analytics offerings are from the school’s Information Systems Department, and the master’s degree is a joint effort from that department and the school’s Supply Chain Management Department. U.S. News & World Report ranks both departments top 20 in the nation in their fields.

“We’re also starting up two new degrees in global logistics to help companies with efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction in their logistics operations,” says professor John Fowler, chair of the Supply Chain Management Department at the W. P. Carey School. “The supply-chain field plays a growing role in the business world as companies work more on an international scale to meet the needs of their customers. The school has spectacular rankings and a stellar career-placement record in this area.”

Logistics knowledge is also vital after disasters like Hurricane Sandy or the big earthquake in Haiti, when countless crews and resources have to be moved. The new bachelor’s and nine-month master’s programs in global logistics will be offered at ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix. This is especially helpful for the business community because several global companies have facilities near this campus, including Amazon, Target, Walmart and numerous transportation companies. Also, Phoenix is relatively close to ports in Mexico and California that are heavily involved in shipping.

Next year, the W. P. Carey School will also launch a new master’s in finance program. This type of program is very popular in Europe, and growing in demand in the United States as more new college graduates want short, specialized business master’s programs to complement their undergraduate knowledge from other fields. The nine-month finance program will be available at ASU’s Tempe campus, as will a new undergraduate certificate in professional sales from the school’s Marketing Department. All of the new offerings will start in fall 2014, pending final approval.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is currently ranked top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for both undergraduate and MBA programs. For more information on the school’s offerings, go to www.wpcarey.asu.edu.

Neighborhood organizing is focus of 'Seeking Justice in Ariz.' lecture

November 4, 2013

Lawrence Robinson will wrap up the 2013 Seeking Justice in Arizona Lecture Series from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 7, with his talk on “Communities Organizing for Justice,” in West Hall 135 on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Robinson will discuss neighborhood organizing, drawing from his work on education, law, labor, immigration and LGBTQ rights. Lawrence Robinson Download Full Image

An assistant professor of law at the Phoenix School of Law, Robinson previously served as a staff attorney for the Democratic Caucus of the Arizona House of Representatives, helping to affect legislation on issues like education, job creation and pubic safety.

He is an elected member of the Roosevelt School District Governing Board and serves on the board of onenten, a nonprofit dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth.  

From an early age, Robinson says he had the opportunity to involve himself in the fight for statewide recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, for inclusive curriculum within his schools and other activities that were instrumental in instilling in him the value of community involvement.

After earning degrees in religious studies and government at Claremont McKenna College, he graduated from New York University School of Law. Upon graduation, he spent two years helping establish a nonprofit legal services office, serving as an attorney for hundreds of low-income families.

The Seeking Justice in Arizona lecture series is sponsored by Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The series, now in its 11th year, features topics of broad national concern, but with a local focus. Speakers represent a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, making it an engaging forum for students, faculty, staff and community members.

The other lectures in the 2013 series featured filmmakers Lourdes Vasquez and Bryan Vasquez, founders of Deep Focus Cinema, in September, with a presentation focused on the role of film in social change, along with their documentary, “The Immigration Paradox.” In October, the series featured Sam Wercinski, executive director of Arizona Advocacy Network, with his presentation, titled "Advancing Justice with Your Vote."

Maureen Roen

Editorial and communication coordinator, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts