As part of the university's continuing effort to promote a global perspective, next year CSUF will offer its first-ever degree program abroad.
In a joint agreement with the Lima-based Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, CSUF will invite South American students to earn M.B.A. degrees while completing the bulk of their classes in Peru. Those students will become full-fledged Titans, interacting with their Fullerton counterparts.
It's Cal State Fullerton's most ambitious distance-learning effort to date, utilizing state-of-the-art two-way audio and video equipment to help deliver interactive class sessions from Fullerton. In addition, CSUF faculty members will travel to Peru to conduct courses.
"This is a great opportunity for our students and faculty to gain international experience," said Dr. Anil K. Puri, dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics. "Global business is growing rapidly. Latin America offers a big opportunity for us--a natural partner. This is a chance for us to build an ongoing relationship and gain experience in distance learning and technology."
Students at Fullerton and their classmates in Lima will attend courses together, work on joint projects and network through virtual chat rooms and other means, according to Dr. Thomas W. Johnson, SBAE associate dean.
Up to 20 students are expected to enroll for the launch of the Peru M.B.A. program.
"We increasingly must emphasize and develop the ways and means to bring the global viewpoint and experience to our students," said Dr. Keith O. Boyum, acting associate vice president for academic programs.
At a time when business is operating around the world, 24 hours a day, Boyum added, "We have to make sure that our students have a knowledge and an appreciation of the global marketplace and what it will mean in their future."
The university currently offers distance-learning courses at the CSUF Garden Grove Center and Mission Viejo Campus. In addition, students at Fullerton participate in library science courses televised from San Jose State, and distance learning provided Cal State Fullerton nursing courses at sites across the country.
"University Extended Education has always been committed to serving the educational needs of students on and off campus," said Jahna Kahrhoff, director of distance education. "With distance education technologies, we can now bring students together in ways unimagined in the past.
"'Around the world' is as accessible as 'across the street,' and we can focus our attention on providing a quality learning experience, no matter where the students are located," she added.
"The Peruvian students will take exactly the same courses as they would here," said Johnson. "They will be required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test and the Test of English as a Foreign Language, as well as meet the university's admission requirements.
"The main difference is that participants will be taking the M.B.A. foundation courses in Peru, and the specialist, or cornerstone, courses at CSUF."
The Peruvian students will travel to Fullerton to complete their final two degree courses on campus, possibly in a summer session.
The degree program was approved earlier this month by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. President Milton A. Gordon and the Academic Senate gave their approval in the spring.
The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola possesses an enhanced technology system as well as experience using distance learning in classrooms in other countries. "We can learn by working with them because of their experience," said Puri.
"Students in Peru are very interested in a U.S. graduate education," he added. "We are still seen as the benchmark worldwide. U.S. business practices and techniques set the standard."
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