Online university's MBA program gains official accreditation
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 28, 2000
Jones International University's MBA program was accredited last week, further
extending the scope of the first full online university.
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher
Education, decided the school's curriculum equaled that of a traditional
university. The MBA can be customized with seven areas of specialization
including: electronic commerce, information technology management, negotiation
and conflict management, and project management.
"It is designed to meet the needs of adults worldwide because it's totally
online. Most other MBA programs have some kind of residency requirements
for a seminar or whatever, but it would be tough for one of students in
Finland to get to our home institution in Colorado," JIU president Pamela
Based in Englewood, Colo., JIU became the first fully online university
to gain accreditation in March 1999. Courses begin each month and are available
in either eight-week or 16-week formats.
Although JIU has no site-based or campus requirements, the MBA program includes
courses designed by educators from University of California at Berkeley,
the London School of Economics, Columbia University and more. The school
launched a World Wide Web site on Monday (www.getmyMBA.com) to provide specific
information on the program.
The university's faculty log on from the United States and around the world
to teach their classes, which consist of no more than 25 students. Online
workgroups, e-mail and other online forums are used to facilitate communication
and cooperation amongst the school's student body, which includes pupils
from more than 29 countries, Pease said.
More information on the school is available online at www.jonesinternational.edu.