Eastern Oregon University MBA program a success
COCC Crook County Open Campus hosted the first-ever MBA program in Prineville, made possible by Eastern Oregon UniversityAfter the first trial run, the Master of Business Administration program offered at COCC Crook County Open Campus was a tremendous success.
The program began the first cohort last fall, and students will complete their five-term plan in the summer, with Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) projects beginning in the fall. The program was offered through Eastern Oregon University (EOU), and consisted of a distance-delivered program with classes streamed over live, interactive video to the COCC Crook County Open Campus building from La Grande, Ore.
Steve Clements, Coordinator for the MBA program and Associate Dean for the College of Business at Eastern Oregon University, took over the MBA program in September 2012. He commented that the program has exceeded their expectations so far.
“We had a good year,” said Clements.
He added they were close to capacity in student enrollment. EOU has three sites for the program, including Hermiston, Ontario, and the COCC Crook County Open Campus.
“The one in Prineville has by far, the largest number of people,” he said. “I think that is a good sign, and it is encouraging for us to say, ‘we are going to repeat this, and we are going to put this in play again.”’
Clements said that Eastern Oregon University is already having discussions with the staff at the COCC Crook County Open Campus to begin another cohort in the fall.
“The program worked. I think it worked because of the number of students who expressed interest, and more importantly, the number that are continuing to express interest.”
Students applying for the MBA program through EOU will need to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a score of at least 500. There is no application fee to EOU for the program. Currently, the test is only offered in the valley, but EOU staff is working to get the test offered in Central Oregon for students interested in the program. Applicants must also have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and students must have their Bachelor’s degree.
Tuition is approximately $15,500, based on the 2011-12 tuition schedules. Consideration will be given to candidates who, in their last 60 quarter hours of college/university work, attained a 3.0 or higher. Also, candidates will be given consideration whose cumulative GPA in professional business and business-related courses totaling 60 quarter hours or more averages 3.0 or higher.
Clements said that although the program works quite well in the kind of delivery currently being used, he noted that if he could do anything differently, he would put an instructor at the local campus once per term, and broadcast from COCC Crook County Open Campus instead of La Grande.
“Video conferencing is fine, and it works really well, but I think there is something about putting a presence there,” he said.
For more information about the MBA program for EOU, go to www.eou.edu/mba/
Lori Baird at 541-962-3668.