NEWS RELEASE — Green Mountain College
April 3, 2013
Kevin Coburn, director of communications
POULTNEY–Green Mountain College announced today that it is launching a new online undergraduate degree completion program, a Bachelor of Science in Business. The program builds on GMC’s demonstrated strengths in online learning and national leadership in sustainable business. Students will have the choice of two concentrations: entrepreneurship and sustainable business leadership.
Studies show that students often do not complete college because of financial pressures, family emergencies, or uncertainty about which career path to choose. At the same time, Bureau of Labor statistics show that workers with a bachelor’s degree earn higher wages, are more satisfied with their jobs and are more likely to hold jobs with medical and retirement benefits.
“We have a lot of expertise developing rich online content for students,” said William Throop, GMC provost. “The fundamental strengths of the new program will be grounded in the same educational experience our residential students receive including small classes, close mentoring by knowledgeable and committed faculty members, and career opportunities that result from joining an active and well-connected learning community.”
In 2006, Green Mountain College launched its first suite of online master’s degree programs—an MS in Environmental Studies and a Sustainable MBA. Last year GMC introduced the MS in Sustainable Food Systems, which already has over 50 students enrolled. The MBA program was named as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs in 2013.
The Bachelor of Science in Business degree completion program is designed to help working professionals who have already completed at least 48 credits of undergraduate courses finish their undergraduate education. Students will complete an additional 48 credits of core curriculum at GMC to graduate. Students can submit work life credits based on their background by preparing a portfolio with a third party that can help define work accomplishments, experiences and strengths to potentially satisfy core coursework.
Students who complete the program are also offered an inside track to a master’s degree. Graduates of the program who attain an average GPA of 2.75 and two years of business practitioner experience may apply directly to one of the College’s graduate programs.
Full-time students will typically complete the Bachelor of Science in Business degree completion program in about two and one-half years, but coursework can be completed sooner. The curriculum is designed to be completed at the student’s own pace, on his or her own time.
Green Mountain College has a tradition of integrating principles of sustainability into the business curriculum—GMC was the first College in the nation to offer an MBA program with a broad emphasis on environmental and economic sustainability.
“Increasingly, long-term business success demands not only on short-term profitability but also effectiveness when it comes to the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit),” said business professor Bill Prado, director of the new program. “Consumers and companies will seek employees with skills and knowledge in sustainability to help them achieve their highest efficiency, seize green economy opportunities, and minimize the negative impact of their operations. We don’t just teach our students how to live and compete today. We teach our students how to improve and compete in the ever-changing world we face tomorrow.”
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Business degree completion program visit http://onlinebsba.greenmtn.edu/ or call 866-718-9932.