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Getting Electrified with Alvernia’s new Online MBA

Date: 1/20/2009

Launched in January, Alvernia’s new Online MBA program has been designed to meet the needs of today’s busy students, without sacrificing accreditation and integrity.
“Alvernia’s online MBA program stands apart from other programs in a significant way,” explains Joan Lewis, Dean of Graduate Studies. “It will provide a flexible learning environment for busy individuals while directly mirroring the university’s established, reputable, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs accredited on-campus program.” In fact, the faculty who will provide instruction for the new online program will be the same as those who teach on campus.

Designed to be completed in two years, the program will require students to complete the same curriculum as their on-campus counterparts. In addition, the admissions and academics requirements for the online MBA program are identical to the requirements of the on-campus program.

The Online MBA format will utilize sophisticated, but easy to use online programs (such as Blackboard and Horizon Wimba) for web-based courses. More than 75 percent of the program’s instruction will be conducted electronically.

“The online program was developed with the demanding schedules of working professionals in mind,” explains Joan Lewis, Dean of Graduate Studies. But there is something missing if students never meet face to face. Therefore, the program will also feature a residency component that will bring students to campus four times during the course of the program. The on-campus seminars combine online course content with a program orientation, person-to-person faculty interaction, professional networking, traditional academic presentations, and lectures from leaders in the field of executive business administration.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for students to interact with each other and with their professors through the residencies and web-enabled conferencing,” says Lewis. “Alvernia University MBA students are required to engage in various discussions, debate, and extensive analysis of the material presented through lectures and guided discussion.”

More information about the new Alvernia Online MBA can be found on the program website: www.alvernia.edu/online.

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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.