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Online MBA program named among the best in the nation

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater online Master of Business Administration among the nation’s best programs. The annual ranking is based on criteria such as student engagement, peer reputation, and faculty credentials and training.

Listed at number 28, UW-Whitewater is in the top 11 percent of all the programs considered for ranking in the country.

“We are proud to deliver a program that is consistently recognized for its excellence,” said John Chenoweth, dean of the College of Business and Economics.

He continued, “AACSB accreditation factors into the ranking calculation because it is an important measure of quality. The College of Business and Economics has been AACSB-accredited since 1974. Upon this strong foundation we have developed the rigorous curriculum and highly-qualified, tenured faculty body we have today.”

When launched in 1998, the UW-Whitewater online MBA program was one of the first of its kind offered nationally.

Paul Ambrose, MBA program coordinator and associate dean, explained, “While offering the same faculty, curriculum and support services available on-campus, online delivery really increased the convenience of our program. We have MBA students who live just 10 miles from campus but are taking classes online to fit them in around full-time jobs and family commitments. We also have students who are completing their MBAs from halfway around the world.”

The program’s flexibility extends beyond the online format, however.

Ambrose added, “Because we don’t use a cohort model, students have the freedom to adjust their course load as needed every semester. We also offer students the ability to customize their learning with 11 different emphases, including a customized emphasis.”

For more information on the UW-Whitewater online MBA program, contact a graduate education expert or learn more online today.

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Warhawks rival elite schools in national College Fed Challenge

UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team in Washington, D.C.

The UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team stands with judges from the national competition. From left are Thomas Lubik, Senior Research Adviser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Ellen Meade, Senior Adviser of the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Monetary Affairs, Mark Ellis, Ronald Tittle, Alexandre Vieira, Taylor Griffith, Andrea Tambalotti, Assistant Vice President and Function Head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies Function and Alejandro Esquivel.

For the first time ever, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater won the regional College Fed Challenge held in Chicago, and advanced to the national event in Washington, D.C. to compete with Harvard University, Princeton University, Pace University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Since the competition began in 2004, UW-Whitewater is the first Wisconsin university to advance to the national level.

The College Fed Challenge is an educational competition that teaches participants to think critically about the U.S. economy and monetary policy. It also helps them develop skills that are valuable in both their academic and professional careers, such as the ability to think analytically, make effective presentations, work as a team and respond under pressure. Teams are scored based on a 15-minute presentation and a 15-minute question-and-answer session with judges.

Of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts, five hold regional competitions. This year the top economics programs across the Midwest gathered at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on November 13, 2017 to compete in the District 7 challenge. Historically, Northwestern University has dominated the competition, capturing ten regional wins and four national wins in 14 years.

When the judges announced UW-Whitewater was victorious over the perennial champion, the students and coaches were ecstatic

“I didn’t take off my medal for a few days,” Ronald Tittle confides. “People were asking to see it, so I kept it on.”

UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team in Chicago

Taylor Griffith (left), Mark Ellis, Alexandre Vieira, Ronald Tittle, and Alejandro Esquivel pose in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago after winning first-place at the regional College Fed Challenge in Chicago on November 13, 2017.

“The first ten minutes after we won were surreal,” shares Alejandro Esquivel, who participated in the challenge for the first time this year. “Then we started to talk about the national competition. We knew the next three weeks would be intense.”

He elaborates, “The regional competition was Monday. We took Tuesday off and then hit the ground running with three-hour practices seven days a week. We felt confident with our presentation script, so we focused on the Q and A portion.”

“The students must be informed of economic conditions right up to the day of the competition,” Ahmad adds. “They use indicators like consumer confidence, inflation, unemployment and gross domestic product to determine how different sectors are performing and how the Federal Reserve might react.”

The team was also creating its own forecasts to compare and contrast with the Federal Reserve’s.

Team captain Taylor Griffith explains, “We used vector autoregression models to analyze past data and forecast forward.”

On December 1, the day of the national competition, the team arrived at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. early in the morning. They entered the two-story Board Room and met Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair.

“The room is massive,” Tittle relates. “It was so impressive to be in the room where the Federal Open Market Committee meets and monetary policy is set.”

Ahmad adds, “One of my favorite moments was walking into the Board Room and seeing the students’ eyes light up. With Janet Yellen stepping down as Chair at the end of January, it was also an honor to meet her.”

UW-Whitewater team practices their presentation

From left, Ron Tittle, Alexandre Vieira, Taylor Griffith, Mark Ellis and Alejandro Esquivel practice their discussion and analysis of economic indicators in a classroom at Hyland Hall on Monday, November 20, 2017. In her fourth year of competition and third year as captain, Griffith was experienced in providing direction, managing logistics and ensuring new and returning team members could be successful. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

The UW-Whitewater students were fourth to present at the national competition, and the first three teams were able to observe their performance.

“Our team did really well. Their presentation was excellent,” Ahmad shares.

He continues, “The question-and-answer session was much more difficult than at the regional competition. The first question, in particular, was tricky. There really was no right answer, and the subject was something the Federal Reserve is obviously thinking about at this time.”

Esquivel explains, “When the judges asked their first question at the national challenge, I looked at my teammates and realized none of us were sure how to answer. That hadn’t happened before. We were confident with every question we answered in Chicago, and could focus on how to communicate the answer.”

At the conclusion of the competition, the judges announced Pace University and Harvard University as the first- and second-place winners. UW-Whitewater finished on par with Princeton University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

UW-Whitewater professor and alumnus during practice

Critiquing the UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team during a practice presentation are Professor Yamin Ahmad, left, and Jaeger Nelson, a UW-Whitewater Fed Challenge alumnus who now is a doctoral student at Indiana University. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

“This was a really good learning experience,” Ahmad relates. “Everyone did really well. Their teamwork was strong, they thought critically and responded well under pressure.”

He adds, “The fact that our students were able to compete against some of the top economics programs in the country was an honor. It speaks very highly of the strength of our program and the quality of our students.”

Understanding the value of applied learning opportunities, the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program and the College of Business and Economics had assisted the team with travel costs for the regional and national competitions.

“It’s a great way for students to learn,” Ahmad explains. “They can learn a certain amount in the classroom, but with applied learning opportunities like competition or undergraduate research, they can dig deeper and master topics. This competition, in particular, develops strong critical thinking, research, analytical and communication skills.”

Tittle agrees, saying, “The three years I competed in the challenge allowed me to develop an expert focus in macroeconomics and monetary policy, and helped me learn how to apply what I learned in the real world.”

The 2017 UW-Whitewater Challenge Fed Challenge Team student presenters included Mark Ellis, Alejandro Esquivel, Taylor Griffith, Ronald Tittle and Alexandre Vieira. Non-presenting team members, who helped with research and preparation, included Casey Russell, Alujjage Pasan Samaranayake and Sean Spangard.

Credit goes beyond a group of exceptional students, however. Economics faculty members Professor Yamin Ahmad, Associate Professor Eylem Ersal, Associate Professor Nick Guo and Professor Emeritus Stuart Glosser devoted many hours as team coaches.

“We also have received an overwhelming amount of support from UW-Whitewater alumni,” team Griffith adds. “Past captains and team members were generous with advice, and helped us with practice sessions.”

With three presenting members of the team graduating in 2017-2018, the team will have to rebuild next year. Ahmad hopes that the team’s success will inspire other economics students to get involved early.

Esquivel looks forward to next year’s competition, saying, “I’m grateful and amazed at what we can accomplish, and look forward to continuing this tradition.”

He concludes, “The economics program at the College of Business and Economics is second to none in Wisconsin. No other Wisconsin university, including UW-Madison, can boast that they’ve made it to the College Fed Challenge in Washington, D.C.”

UW-Whitewater team in front of Marriner S. Eccles Building

Associate Professor of Economics Nick Guo, left, Ronald Tittle, Taylor Griffith, Alejandro Esquivel, Alexandre Vieira, Mark Ellis and Professor of Economics Yamin Ahmad stand in front of the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C.

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Seven questions to ask when comparing online MBA programs

Associate Professor of Management Aditya Simha instructs a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MBA class.

Associate Professor of Management Aditya Simha instructs a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MBA class. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

With hundreds of online Master of Business Administration programs to choose from, selecting the program that is right for you can be daunting. You may also have concerns whether you can get a high-quality graduate education from an online program and whether a future employer will respect that degree. The following questions will help you evaluate online MBA programs and choose with confidence.

Is the program AACSB-accredited?
As the premier, internationally-recognized standard for business schools, AACSB accreditation can quickly narrow the field of choices. Only about five percent of business schools worldwide and 30 percent of business schools in the United States can boast this credential. AACSB accreditation is not just about prestige, however. Holding the curriculum and faculty to the highest standards of quality and making certain the appropriate resources are available, it helps ensure the return on your education investment. In fact, if you plan to advance in a Fortune 500 company or to someday work in academia, an AACSB-accredited degree is often a necessity.

Does the institution have a brick and mortar presence?
The presence of a brick and mortar institution with traditional classroom programs can elevate the credibility of your degree. There is a lingering stigma regarding online degrees among some employers. If a business school offers both on-campus and online MBA programs that utilize the same high-quality curriculum and faculty, your diploma and transcript should not indicate whether you earned your degree online or on-campus.

What will the program cost, and what is the return on investment?
Online tuition costs vary widely by school and specialization — from $200 to over $2,000 per credit. The total cost of your degree will also depend on your transcript, transfer credits, and work experience, as well as the program’s admission requirements and other factors. In addition, some online programs offer extra value with flat-rate tuition for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

Whether a degree will cost less than $20,000 or upwards of $100,000, it is important to evaluate your goals and the expected return on this significant investment. Future earnings potential is usually considered; however, your goals may be more personal or aspirational. Articulating your goals and expectations before selecting an MBA program will help you find the right fit and will help ensure your satisfaction with the end result.

How flexible is the program?
One of the key benefits of online learning is that you can learn from anywhere in the world you have an Internet connection, which can help you fit graduate studies into your busy life. However, some programs require some on-campus attendance, such as an on-campus orientation. Others offer a streamed synchronous experience, allowing you to virtually attend and engage with a live classroom and requiring you to be available on a specific day and time.

Clarify whether classes are offered 100 percent online and whether they are completely asynchronous, meaning you are not required to be online on a specific day or time for lectures, discussions, or other activities. Also determine whether the graduate program uses a cohort format or has a set course load or schedule. Many working adult students take three to seven credits per semester, but you may need to adjust your course load to fit your schedule. In addition, you may require the flexibility to pause for a semester and then return to your studies.

Can you specialize?
The Master of Business Administration is a breadth degree covering a range of business skills. However, some programs allow you to specialize in an area of interest, which can help you increase your understanding in a specific area and add greater value to your educational experience. There are also programs that allow you to customize your own emphasis, allowing you to personalize your degree even more.

Does the program have external validations?
External review and ranking can help corroborate an institution’s claims of excellence. Ranking surveys are often quite lengthy and data-driven, covering numerous categories considered markers of quality and value when taken as a whole. As with any information source, credibility can vary; however, validation from respected sources can help you choose a program with greater confidence.

What is holding you back? 
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is ready to answer the questions above and respond to any other questions or concerns. Contact one of our graduate education experts today for more information. We are here to help you decide if the UW-Whitewater online MBA is right for you, develop your degree plan, and keep on track through graduation. You can also learn more about our online MBA program on our website or watch a brief video on our MBA program.

Don’t wait! New classes start in January.

With 11 emphases, including a customized emphasis, Students can tailor the UW-Whitewater MBA program to meet their specific interests and needs. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

With 11 emphases, including a customized emphasis, students can tailor the UW-Whitewater MBA program to meet their specific interests and needs. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

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Top degree programs for veterans and active military

Transitioning the skills and knowledge gained during military service to a civilian career can be challenging. As a UW VETS Certified Campus, UW-Whitewater has been recognized for excellence in veteran education and supporting a successful transition. Degree programs through the College of Business and Economics can help translate those experiences, develop business acumen, and prepare veterans for a new challenge.

Dedicated veterans services staff are essential for assisting with Post-9/11 GI Bill, Wisconsin GI Bill, and other military education benefits, and UW-Whitewater has earned an outstanding reputation in this regard.

Aaron Kinney, prior U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer and current Doctorate of Business Administration candidate, relates, “A lot of schools say they have people to handle military benefits, but in my experience, UW-Whitewater really delivers. The staff was amazing at taking care of my GI Bill benefits — they literally walked me through the process each semester so that my benefits were in order with no interruptions or challenges.”

Veterans Benefits Coordinator Jan Nordin describes the meaning she finds in her work, saying, “I was basically a military brat. Both my family and my husband’s family were deeply committed to military service. I wasn’t able to serve in the Air Force as I’d hoped, so for me, this is another way to serve.”

In addition to personal attention, the College of Business and Economics delivers an exceptional education experience. As an AACSB-accredited school, the college is one of just five percent of business schools worldwide verified to meet this rigorous standard. It has also been ranked by US News & World Report, Princeton Review, Military Times and other respected sources as a top-performing institution.

Doctor of Business Administration student Aaron Kinney presented his dissertation defense. (UW-Whitewater photo/Heather Browning)

Doctorate of Business Administration candidate Aaron Kinney presents his dissertation defense in Hyland Hall on November 6, 2017. (UW-Whitewater photo/Heather Browning)

These outstanding programs are offered at a superior value. The flat-rate tuition for the online Bachelor of Business Administration and online Master of Business Administration programs is the same for all students — no matter if students are out-of-state, international, or from Wisconsin. Whether courses are completed on-campus or online, tuition is usually covered 100 percent by military benefits.

Online courses are especially well-suited to active military who must balance coursework with military obligations. UW-Whitewater has 20 years of experience delivering quality online content, and its online MBA was ranked 16th in the nation’s best online MBA programs by US News & World Report in 2017. UW-Whitewater offers 11 distinct MBA emphases, allowing students to personalize their education.

Environmental Safety and Health is a newly-available MBA emphasis. In addition to being in high demand, ESH careers provide the opportunity to manage complex environmental safety and health issues in the workplace. The College of Business and Economics also offers a fully online Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Health program that can be completed in about two years on a part-time schedule.

Whether students complete their degrees online or on-campus, they receive the same high-quality education and degree from an AACSB-accredited business school.

Associate Dean Paul Ambrose explains, “Because our online and on-campus courses use the same rigorous curriculum taught by the same full-time, Ph.D. faculty, our degrees do not differ based on format. Your transcript will not indicate how you completed classes.”

For those considering a doctoral degree, UW-Whitewater’s Doctorate of Business Administration program requires a one-weekend-a-month residency that allows for a balance between career, life, and education, while face-to-face instruction during the intensive weekend sessions helps students navigate the demanding curriculum. Students pay the same flat-rate tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out-of-state.

Learn more about the College of Business and Economics’ degree programs and how to make the most of your military education benefits. Veterans, active military and U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard members may qualify for application fee waivers, as well as consideration of GMAT/GRE waivers. (Certification submittal, review and approval are required.)

UW-Chancellor Beverly Kopper presents student veterans and staff with an award she received from the UW System Board of Regents on behalf of the university, recognizing UW-Whitewater for its programming and support for veteran success.  Receiving the award from the Chancellor was Richard Harris, right, Veterans and Military Services Officer for UW-Whitewater.  UW-Whitewater observed Veterans Day with a ceremony and speakers on Friday, November 11, 2016.  (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner) DIGITAL MANIPULATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OTHER THAN NORMAL MINIMAL CROPPING AND TONING IS PROHIBITED., CREDIT PHOTOS: UW-WHITEWATER PHOTO/CRAIG SCHREINER

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper presents student veterans and staff with an award she received from the UW System Board of Regents on behalf of the university, recognizing UW-Whitewater for its programming and support for veteran success. Receiving the award from the Chancellor was Richard Harris, right, Veterans and Military Services Officer for UW-Whitewater. UW-Whitewater observed Veterans Day with a ceremony and speakers on Friday, November 11, 2016. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Red, white and blue cords are placed on a table in Kachel Gym for graduating seniors who are veterans.  The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater held its winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Red, white and blue cords are placed on a table in Kachel Gym for graduating seniors who are veterans. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

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Creating new business leaders at home and abroad

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is committed to providing exceptional internship opportunities, including both regional and international work experiences. These experiences are critical avenues for ensuring students are career-ready, as well as helping to develop the global perspective in high demand by employers.

Senior accounting major Karley Kolberg can attest to the transformative nature of both regional internships and international work experiences. Kolberg transferred to UW-Whitewater from Loyola University Maryland after her first semester freshman year. Despite this detour, Kolberg did not miss a beat academically. In fact, she is on track to graduate in three-and-a-half years.

transformative nature of both regional internships and international work experiences. (UW-Whitewater photo/ Jonathon Kelley)

Senior accounting major Karley Kolberg relates her experiences with local and international internships through the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Kolberg also showed early initiative by exploring internship opportunities while still a sophomore. When attending her first career fair, her goals were to make contacts and polish her networking skills. However, her meeting with Megan Long and Karie Larson, representatives of Kerry, led to a formal interview and an internship offer for her junior year.

This first Kerry internship was in master data management, which falls under the company’s commercial finance department. Master data management governs data company-wide and drives business intelligence and analytics.

“It was overwhelming in the beginning,” Kolberg admits. “My work was project-based, and I was asked to lead projects right from the start. It also required some pretty advanced Excel functions that I wasn’t familiar with, yet. Everyone was very supportive and helpful, though.”

After a successful internship with Kerry, she was offered a position throughout the academic year. The international company was in the midst of a multi-year transition to SAP enterprise resource planning software. Kolberg, who is minoring in Spanish, was given the opportunity to work as a data steward for the Latin America product data transition.

In the summer of 2017, she was presented with an international internship opportunity related to the Latin America SAP transition. She was one of three employees from Kerry’s Beloit, Wisconsin facility to visit the facility in San Juan del Rio, Mexico.

“It was an awesome experience!” Kolberg shares. “I was really busy with project work when I was there. I felt like I had a purpose and that I was making a contribution.”

The international internship also boosted Kolberg’s self-confidence. Though she had expected cultural and language barriers, she experienced very few difficulties. In fact, one of her greatest takeaways was the benefit of meeting other members of the Latin America data transition team.

“I realized how important it is to build relationships,” she states. “The more people you know, the more knowledge you have.”

Kolberg was ultimately offered a full-time position with Kerry’s master data management team, which she will start after she graduates this December. Having participated in the planning stages, she looks forward to the execution of Kerry’s Latin America SAP transition and rollout of future phases.

Kolberg noted that Kerry’s culture is both demanding and rewarding.

She explains, “I was challenged to do more than I may have thought was possible, but it helped me to quickly build my skills, expertise and confidence.”

Reflecting on her experience at UW-Whitewater, she adds, “The rigorous and challenging nature of the accounting program definitely helped prepare me to be successful at Kerry.”

Commenting on UW-Whitewater and the international experience opportunity Kolberg’s manager, Megan Long, states, “UW-Whitewater has proven to be a great source of talent for our business needs over the years. We find internship opportunities are an effective way for both the intern and the company to determine whether the role or the company are a fit.”

She adds, “Our finding is that when providing short-term international opportunities such as Karley’s, the world becomes a smaller place and employees often experience growth in confidence, critical thinking, communication and career progression opportunities.”’

Karley Kolberg (second from right) and Kerry colleagues stand in front of the monument of doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez in the Plaza de la Corregidora in Queretaro City, Mexico. Kolberg had the opportunity to sightsee during an international internship at Kerry’s facility in San Juan del Rio, Mexico.

Kolberg (second from right) and Kerry colleagues stand in front of the monument of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez in the Plaza de la Corregidora in Queretaro City, Mexico. Kolberg had the opportunity to sight-see during an international internship at Kerry’s facility in San Juan del Rio, Mexico.

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