University of Phoenix
August 31, 2003
Why an MBA?
This paper will examine the rise of MBA programs in the last few years. It will look critically at their impact on the work force and the effect they have on the educational and business community.
The need for higher education is a goal that many professionals aspire to and in this high tech age the access to higher education is much greater than in the past. There are countless institutions offering Bachelors, Masters and PHDs for the busy working professional. These programs, in particular the on-line versions, offer a host of advantages that the traditional programs do not offer. The choices now are varied and complex. Choosing the right program is a process that needs a fair amount of research, time and effort.
This paper seeks to examine the rise of the MBA program, the benefits of an MBA and why I choose to do my MBA on-line as opposed to on site.
The working professional is becoming a very coveted market for educational institutions. The fact that governments and the public are demanding to know where public money is being used and what it is being used for is now a contributing factor, in my mind, to the rise of degree programs for professionals. In 1997, I worked for the Queen's University Executive MBA program as its Operation Coordinator. During one of my first days there I asked one of the program managers why the university was so aggressive in its recruitment of professional managers for its Executive Development Centre and its Executive MBA Programs? Given governments hesitancy to spend money these days the onus is now on universities and colleges to be more business oriented and be proactive in benefiting their bottom line was the answer I was given. In his book Busting Bureaucracy to Reclaim Our Schools author Stephen B. Lawton states that "bureaucracy is strangling our schools. Many parents believe so, in light of the costs, complexity and... [continues]
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