W. P. Carey School ranks among top online MBA programs

January 10, 2012

This week, U.S. News & World Report issued its first-ever rankings for top online education programs. The online MBA program from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is among the 14 named to the publication’s inaugural “Honor Roll” for online graduate business programs.

“Online MBA programs have been growing tremendously in popularity,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “With the W. P. Carey School, you get more than a decade of experience in online MBA programs and flexibility without having to sacrifice the high quality of a real, traditional university. We offer the same internationally recognized faculty members who teach in our highly ranked on-campus MBA programs.” Dean Robert Mittelstaedt Download Full Image

The school’s full-time and evening MBA programs were already ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In the new online MBA rankings, the W. P. Carey School scores in all four subcategories: student services/technology, faculty credentials/training, student engagement/accreditation, and admissions selectivity.

The W. P. Carey School is the only Arizona-based school to make the “Honor Roll” of 14 graduate business programs. The “Honor Roll” recognizes programs that ranked in the top third of at least three of the four subcategories. The school did especially well in admissions selectivity (No. 11), which speaks to the quality of the students in the program.

“The W. P. Carey School was one of the first highly respected business schools to create an online MBA program, and it has grown from 100 to more than 450 students,” says Stacey Whitecotton, associate dean for W. P. Carey MBA programs. “Students serving in the military, starting their own businesses and traveling extensively for their jobs are among those who have graduated from the program, thanks to the flexibility.”

NFL Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff completed the program, even while attending NFL training camp. Lieutenant Colonel Scott Coulson, who was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Badge for his service and actions while leading combat missions in Iraq, also participated in the program while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Several professionals who wanted to start their own businesses, such as law firms and medical practices, have also used the program to add business knowledge to their other fields of expertise.

The W. P. Carey School of Business online MBA program is a two-year program in which students work in small, personalized teams with peers from other industries. The format allows students to visit the ASU campus just once and then complete the rest of the program entirely via the Internet, focusing on one course at a time. It’s also one of the few online MBA programs in which students can earn their degrees with an area of emphasis, such as finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management. Participants have a dedicated financial aid specialist and a career center to help them with job searches.

The W. P. Carey School also recently began offering another online graduate degree. The 16-month online Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program is aimed at helping working professionals to get ahead in the very desirable field of information technology. The W. P. Carey School also offers online certificates in supply chain management, an area in which the school is consistently ranked Top 10 in the nation.

For more information about W. P. Carey School of Business programs, visit wpcarey.asu.edu.

ASU Astronomy Club debuts new lecture series

January 10, 2012

For the past decade or so, graduate students in astronomy at Arizona State University have sponsored monthly open houses, with programs and open telescopes.

Now the newly formed ASU Astronomy Club will add to the celestial mix with a free bi-monthly lecture series, beginning Jan. 27. Download Full Image

The lecture, at 7 p.m., will be followed by the free open house from 8 to 10 p.m. The lecture will take place in Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-174 on ASU’s Tempe campus, while the open house will be on the roof of Bateman H Wing.

Lecturing will be Paul Scowen, an associate research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Scowen will speak on "Star and Planet Formation Near Massive Stars: What Nebulae Can Tell Us About the Origin of the Solar System."

Scowen said, “For decades we have admired nebulae as interstellar signposts indicating where the most massive of stars had recently formed. However, such environments also represent an important part of the process of star and planet formation as the winds and radiation from those massive stars cause new stars to form nearby, but at the same time try to destroy them before they are done forming.

“This picture represents a snapshot of the early history of our Solar System as meteoritic evidence indicates our own Sun formed in such an environment. In this talk we will explore these environments with images from the Hubble Space Telescope and learn about how hard it is to make stars and planetary systems, and have them survive to tell the story.”

The forthcoming lectures, on general astronomy topics presented in a 30-45 minute colloquium format, will be aimed toward the public. Presenters will include club members, graduate students, and sometimes faculty.

“This series will be an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about cosmology, galactic evolution and environments, the birth and death of stars, extrasolar and planetary systems, black holes, telescopes and astronomy in general,” said club member and astrophysics graduate student Mark Richardson.

“By having these in the evening, we will give families the opportunity to attend together, hear an exciting presentation by an enthusiastic astronomer, and then be able to go upstairs to look through telescopes, see meteorites, enjoy a tour at the planetarium, etc.

“This will also be a great opportunity for grad students and club members to get some experience giving public lectures, and interacting with the public.”

The schedule for spring is as follows:

• Feb 10, lecture at 7 p.m.

• Feb 24, lecture at 7 p.m., open house at 8 p.m.

• March 9, lecture at 7 p.m.

• March 30, lecture at 7 p.m., open house at 8 p.m.

• April 13, lecture at 7 p.m.

• April 27, lecture at 7 p.m., open house at 8 p.m.

The Astronomy Open Houses are held from 8 to 10 p.m. on the roof of Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing.

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance. 

For a campus map and parking information, go to http://astopenhouse.com, or contact Ashcraft at teresa.ashcraft@asu.edu.

For information on the lecture series, go to http://sese.asu.edu/content/astronomy-public-lecture