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Sept. 27, 2000
OSWEGO -- As of next fall, health care professionals in Central New York who want to upgrade their administrative and managerial credentials can earn a master of business administration degree with a health care concentration by taking business courses from Oswego State's School of Business and courses specialized in health care administration from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
And they won't have to commute between cities to do it.
"We're taking our MBA and putting in a concentration in health care administration," said Charles A. Spector, Oswego's MBA program director. "We'll be teleconferencing the courses so that students in Syracuse can participate in our courses and our students can participate in theirs."
A third teleconferencing site will be at Telergy in Syracuse, where Oswego's School of Business has used classroom space for the past year, Spector said.
Next spring semester Spector plans to teleconference a few courses to test the new system and "shake down bugs in the equipment," he said.
The new MBA with a health care concentration will admit its first full quota of students in fall 2001. Spector said he expects the program to draw 20 to 30 students a year. "We're talking doctors, nurses, health care professionals," he said.
Many of the likely candidates for the degree have too many responsibilities to add an 80-mile round-trip commute for a graduate class to their schedules, he noted.
Spector said Oswego State and Upstate Medical University have been working toward the combined program for the past three years.
"We've had some health professionals who've taken our MBA in the past who I'm sure would have opted for this if it had been available," he said.
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CONTACT: Chuck Spector, 341-2613

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