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Oswego ranks high on U.S. News list of online MBA programs

SUNY Oswego’s online MBA ranks 26th best among comparable degree programs at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News’ 2014 “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”

The U.S. News survey weighed faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, admissions selectivity and peer reputation. Oswego’s ranking puts it in the top 12 percent nationally of the 213 schools with online master’s of business administration programs responding to the U.S. News questionnaire.

U.S. News published numerical rankings for the top 148 institutions on the list. Washington State University’s program ranked No. 1. New York has five institutions in the top 50. In addition to Oswego, they are Clarkson University, Marist College, Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

“I am very pleased to see our ranking among schools offering online MBAs,” said Richard Skolnik, dean of the School of Business at SUNY Oswego. “However, what is more satisfying about it is the quality of students and quality of education we have in our online MBA program.”

Skolnik pointed to the rich mix of students in the online courses: students in a variety of occupations seeking the convenience of a setting whose time and location are not fixed, those who would find it difficult to leave careers and families for a residential MBA, along with students in traditional, classroom-based MBA programs.

“The rigor of the program is the same as courses held in a traditional classroom,” he said. “It requires a significant amount of time and attention for the students and faculty.”

Oswego ranked near the top in the U.S. News survey in terms of faculty credentials and training. Full-time faculty members teach many of the online MBA courses, Skolnik said.

“The quality of the online program speaks to the investment SUNY Oswego has made in online education,” Skolnik said.

He credited instructional designers, campus technology personnel and the SUNY Learning Network for the online MBA program’s success, as well as faculty and students. “There’s a lot of support and feedback throughout the entire process and that helps create a quality experience,” he said.

Oswego was the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA, starting in 1997.

“We are thrilled to see SUNY colleges and universities once again ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The SUNY campuses to make the 2014 Best Graduate Schools list are consistently recognized for the top quality and top value that they offer students, and rightly so. Congratulations to SUNY Oswego and to President Deborah F. Stanley on this much deserved recognition.”

New MBA director

Oswego’s MBA programs have a new director as of this week. Irene Scruton joined the School of Business in the position, succeeding Tammie Sullivan.

Scruton was most recently executive director of the Safety Council of Central and Western New York, a chapter of the National Safety Council. She has been a frequent speaker to Upstate New York corporations regarding employee policies.

She has also worked as a senior banking executive in Buffalo and Syracuse, primarily in lending and subsidiary operations, and with SUNY Empire State College developing workforce training.

Scruton is a town councilor in DeWitt and serves on the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority. She was formerly a member of the Onondaga Community College Foundation. Last fall, she received the “Women Who Mean Business” Award from the Red Cross for the Central New York region.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the SUNY University at Buffalo and her MBA from Syracuse University and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, where she served on the board of directors.

(Posted: Mar 12, 2013)