DEAR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, & STUDENTS,
Today's headlines substantiate the point that higher education is undergoing a transformation. Those headlines have not only covered the role of technology in online learning, but also that college enrollment nationwide is down. On both points, your College of Business and Economics is making great strides.
B&E is witnessing an all-time enrollment record this year, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The implementation of the four-year college—admitting students to B&E as freshmen instead of in their junior year—has not only increased the number of students attending the College, but also afforded students more and better internship opportunities and academic counseling.
Our nationally ranked (#29) online Executive MBA has reached a new high in enrollment, with students participating from 17 states. Thus, in a time when national enrollment is down, B&E continues to grow.
When I first came to B&E in July 2010, our business school had approximately 1,100 undergraduate students. That number has now more than doubled, with students from many states and nations.
August also saw the announcement of yet another ranking for the College of Business and Economics. AffordableCollegesOnline.org has ranked WVU's online MBA program #15 in the nation, adding to the many accolades we have enjoyed in 2013. Our rankings this year have come as the result of hard work, and only encourage us to work harder.
Higher education is, indeed, going through major transformation, and we are embracing that opportunity in our quest to become "Better. Bigger. Ranked."
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean