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Plans move forward for Graduate School of Business building

21 Feb

Future plans for a Harbert College of Business “campus” include a new concourse and a Graduate School of Business building.

Auburn University’s proposed Graduate School of Business building came a little bit closer to fruition when the Board of Trustees recently authorized a search for an architect to bring the project to life.

The project is made possible in part by the $40 million gift made by alumnus Raymond J. Harbert in 2013.

“Mr. Harbert’s gift generated incredible momentum for our college,” Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo Professor Bill Hardgrave said. “In the next few years, as we put the Harbert gift to work and continue to generate support from other stakeholders, we expect to create at least three research centers and to substantially increase the number of Ph.D. students. Additionally, our current masters programs – in particular, our Executive MBA and Physician’s MBA – are constrained by our existing facilities. We need room to grow and space that will enable us to better serve our on-campus and online students.

“A Graduate School of Business building represents an important component in our quest to become one of the nation’s top public colleges of business.”

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MRED program listed in top 100 by Eduniversal

3 Feb

Auburn University’s Executive Master of Real Estate Development program, a joint effort between the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, has earned a global reputation for blending the theoretical and the practical.

Eduniversal recently included Auburn’s MRED program on its worldwide 2013-14 Top 100 list of Real Estate Management programs. Auburn earned a No. 63 world ranking and a No. 20 ranking among U.S. universities. Auburn placed fifth among U.S. universities offering a Masters of Real Estate Development program and eighth among schools offering either an MRED or Real Estate master’s degree option (non-MBA or finance programs).

To read the survey, go to this website.

Auburn MBA offers major return on investment

23 Jan

Delta Air Lines Financial Analyst Brittney Rieben (left), seen enjoying the view from Chicago’s Willis Tower, earned her MBA from Harbert College in 2013.

Delta Air Lines Financial Analyst Brittney Rieben values her MBA from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business because it taught her to “completely analyze a business decision instead of just focusing on the financial implications of the decision.”

Rieben, a 2013 graduate, and her classmates can focus on the big picture, in part, because of the financial implications of their decision to choose Harbert College. U.S. News & World Report ranked Harbert College No. 2 on “The Short List: 10 MBAs with the Most Financial Value at Graduation.”

According to survey data obtained from 99 business schools by U.S. News & World Report, Harbert College MBA graduates had the second-best salary-to-debt ratio among respondents, making an average starting salary 6.72 times greater than their average student debt. According to data collected by U.S. News & World Reportduring the 2012-13 academic year, Harbert College MBA graduates earned an average starting salary of $57,169 while carrying an average debt of $8,500.

“While this ranking is for our campus MBA program, providing students an excellent return on investment is part of our mission across all our MBA and other graduate programs,” said Stan Harris, Harbert College Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Torchmark Professor of Management. “MBA students get a lot of bang for their buck here at Auburn. We strive to keep our tuition costs reasonable and continually work to prepare students to land great jobs with good salaries.”

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Adult Education Program awarded Curriculum Innovation Award

22 Nov

The Commission of Professors of Adult Education awarded the Auburn University Adult Education program, along with faculty members James Witte, Maria Witte and Leslie Cordie, with this year’s Curriculum Innovation Award.

The award is offered once every two years to recognize innovative approaches to adult education. Award winners demonstrate evidence of innovative work within conventional courses and innovative delivery of the overall curriculum in adult education preparation programs.

Auburn’s Adult Education program offers graduate degrees at the master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels. More information on Auburn’s Adult Education program can be found on this website. For more information on the commission, visit this website.

Auburn to offer master’s in soil, water and environmental science beginning in 2014

27 Sep

An online master’s degree program in soil, water and environmental science at Auburn University has gained final approval and will officially launch spring semester 2014, giving working professionals in fields related to natural resource management the opportunity to further their education and build their expertise via distance education.

The fully online program, which the Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved Sept. 13, is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary program offered through the Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance, or AG*IDEA, a consortium of universities offering distance education programs and courses in agricultural disciplines. In addition to Auburn, participating AG*IDEA institutions include the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University.

Through the consortium, students interested in the soil, water and environmental science master’s degree choose a home university where they apply and register for courses and from which they are awarded their degrees, but the required and elective courses they take are taught online by top faculty from all of the participating institutions.

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Communication master’s program ranks among top in nation for faculty publications

13 Sep

The latest newsletter from the Communication Institute for Online Research reports that among master’s only programs, the communication master’s program at Auburn University ranks among the best in the nation in terms of accumulated faculty publications.

The School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts’ faculty research output met or exceeded the average number of publications produced by communication faculty at many Ph.D. granting institutions. This finding was based on a survey of scholarly articles appearing in the ComAbstracts data base, which includes records of approximately 74,000 articles from 140 journals. CIOS is a not for profit service that hosts ComAbstracts. The full article can be read here.

To learn more about the communication graduate program, visit this website.

Online Master of Education program ranked No. 1 in U.S.

5 Jul

The Auburn University online Master of Education degree program is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org, a leading higher education and career website.

TheBestSchools.org rated the top 20 online master of education programs based on academic excellence, quality of course offerings, faculty, awards and school reputation.

“This recognition is further evidence of the high quality of our programs and the commitment of our faculty to provide access for students unable to come to Auburn,” said College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford.

Auburn’s Master of Education degree program offers eight areas of study including agriscience education, business and marketing education, foreign language education, collaborative teacher special education, elementary education, music education, rehabilitation and counseling and early childhood special education.

“Graduate distance learning meets the needs of practicing professionals to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching young people,” said Kim Walls, professor and interim head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. “Through distance learning, geographically distant teachers network and build a sense of professional community.”

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