Benedictine partners with Rasmussen to make M.B.A. more widely available

April 18, 2012

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and Rasmussen College have both served adult students for many years. The latest initiative by the two schools will provide adult students with greater access to the best of both institutions.

Benedictine University announced a partnership with Rasmussen College to begin offering its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Rasmussen's Aurora location. This new cooperative effort will help Benedictine University provide more convenient educational offerings to students across northern Illinois, while Rasmussen students who complete their undergraduate degree will be able to seamlessly transition into Benedictine's M.B.A. program.

"Over the years, students have found their way to Benedictine University through many paths," said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D. "Among those private institutions that have been around for many years and are known for their quality, Rasmussen has specialized in serving the adult population – a population that Benedictine also serves. Through our partnership, students will have access to the best of both institutions."

Benedictine University will begin offering courses in its M.B.A. program at the Rasmussen College campus in Aurora beginning in June 2012.

"Benedictine University is known for its exceptional programs and academic delivery, and Rasmussen College is proud to be able to help provide additional resources so that they can provide more services to their students," said Kristi Waite, president of Rasmussen College.

"Both of our institutions share a long-standing tradition of creating innovative solutions to help our students excel, and this partnership is another example of this creative thinking," she added.

The Benedictine University M.B.A. is a 64 quarter credit-hour program. It is designed to meet the growing global need for knowledgeable, principle-centered leadership of organizations. Intended to prepare managers as both economic and ethical leaders, the M.B.A. program emphasizes a comprehensive integration and application of business knowledge.

The M.B.A. program highlights the acquisition of technical management skills within a peer group or management team context. Written problem analysis is required throughout the program, as is the development of presentation skills. The M.B.A. program focuses on skill development in the areas of strategic management, analytic tools, managerial economics and managerial accounting, international business, and marketing management.

The instructors in the M.B.A. courses provide extensive real world education for real world application. Instructors focus on providing theory coupled with practical applications that students can put to use immediately. Instructional methods include lectures, seminars, workshop activities, simulations and business case studies. Each class forms study groups to assist in the learning process.

The M.B.A. program operates on the learning team model. All students in the learning team start the program at the same time. All students take each course in the curriculum in sequence; this eliminates the need for students to scramble for required courses. Most of the courses are completed in six weeks with class meetings one night per week for four hours.

"These types of partnerships are instrumental in meeting the educational needs of all of our communities," Waite said. "If more colleges and universities would partner together to develop custom solutions to meet market demand, it's amazing to think about what could be accomplished."

For more information about Benedictine University, visit www.ben.edu. For more information about Rasmussen College, visit www.rasmussen.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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