ACU to phase out MBA program, enhance undergraduate
For Immediate Release
September 3, 1999
Abilene Christian University has made a strategic
decision to phase out its Master of Business Administration
program and raise the quality and intensity of its
undergraduate business program, said Dr. Rick Lytle, acting
dean of the College of Business Administration.
MBA courses will continue to be offered at ACU through
July 2000, and Lytle hopes most students will complete their
core courses by that time. Beginning next August,
Hardin-Simmons University has agreed to offer students the
courses necessary for them to complete the MBA program.
ACU is not admitting new students to its MBA program,
These changes are part of a strategic plan by ACU's
College of Business Administration to focus resources at the
undergraduate level as the university seeks an important new
level of national accreditation.
The business program already is accredited by the
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and
ACU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
ACU currently offers rigorous bachelor's programs in
accounting, finance, management, human resources management,
marketing and international business, and the university
will continue to offer its Master of Accountancy degree. ACU
undergraduate accounting students pass the CPA exam at three
times the national average, and the master's program in
accounting flows seamlessly from the bachelor's degree,
"ACU is different from many other schools of business
because our best professors with outstanding career
experience and academic credentials teach our sophomores,
juniors and seniors," Lytle said. "At large, research
universities, that level of teacher is reserved only for
master's and doctoral-level classes."
Business graduates from ACU are actively recruited by
national corporations such as Arthur Andersen,
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, GTE, Nissan, UpJohn, Johnson &
Johnson and others.
ACU business graduates also have attended prestigious
graduate programs at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia,
Emory, MIT, Notre Dame and Oxford universities.
For more information about the MBA program transition,
contact Lytle at 915-674-2503.
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