MBA Program Impacts Graduate Studies Enrollment

Siloam Springs, Ark (October 11, 2000) — John Brown University received full accreditation status for the Master of Business Administration degree by the North Central Association of Colleges. On August 14, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges approved JBU's proposal to offer the MBA as an accredited program. The accreditation process involved the development of a program proposal, which was reviewed by peer evaluators from schools with successful MBA programs. They recommended unanimously that the NCA Board approve JBU's program. The MBA program is also accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

The MBA program combines functional training in business with a core of classes in ethical leadership and then integrates the values of Christian faith and character to be practically applied within organizations. "There is an urgent need for leaders who have excellent business skills, strong personal integrity, and state-of-the art leadership training," said Dr. Joe Walenciak, chairman of the Division of Business and Graduate Business Studies. "The MBA degree seeks to transform and strengthen personal character and enhance specific capabilities in business."

The uniqueness of the program is that the MBA students are enrolled in a weekend format, attending classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays, every other weekend. JBU's MBA features a blend of resident business professors and experienced professionals like Donald G. Soderquist, retired senior vice-chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Tom Muccio, vice president of Customer Service for Proctor & Gamble Worldwide, and Earl Dulaney, vice president of Research and Development of Mercari Technologies in Fayetteville. Two business professors, Dr. Mike Kennelly and Dr. Mark Ahlseen have also been hired to teach in the graduate and undergraduate Division of Business.

The JBU Graduate Studies office has awarded seven MBA scholarships and ten MSLE (Masters of Business in Leadership and Ethics) scholarships for the fall semester. The scholarships are funded by the Donald G. Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics. "The SCLE scholarships have made it possible for working students to advance their professional careers," said Dr. Jim Worthington, dean of Graduate Studies. "These scholarships are key to a successful launch of the MBA program. Graduate program enrollment has reached a high of 134 in the fall 2000 semester, up from 96 in fall of 1999. There are 50 students in the two business degrees (MBA and MSLE), and 84 students in counseling (school, community and marriage and family therapy).

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.