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MBA program continues expansion

Wednesday, October 24, 2007  
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By Alison Roberts

Oklahoma Christian University’s undergraduate enrollment has risen yearly for the past four years, and the school’s Masters of Business Administration recently celebrated record growth.

Enrollment in the fall 2006 semester was 192 students. Fall 2007 saw an increase of 36 students to a total enrollment of 228, according to Ken Johnson, the director of graduate business studies.

“The growth of our program is based upon two things,” Johnson said. “First, we maintain high quality curriculum and instruction, and second, we provide a valuable one-year degree.”

Since 2000, Oklahoma Christian has offered the typically two-year degree at an accelerated pace. Students attend classes on Mondays and Thursdays and commit to 42 weeks of class time, completing the program in one year.

“Ninety-five percent of our students have full time jobs. We want them to get their degree and still have time to fulfill their other responsibilities,” Johnson said.

Due to the already strained lifestyles of students, the graduate administration has committed itself to providing the highest service to students so their only job is to be students.

To familiarize himself with the mind of his students, Johnson established an MBA alumni council and a current student council. Of the alumni, he seeks to find how the program helped them and what could have been better. Current students are asked to honestly comment on their experiences inside the classroom.

Johnson also surveyed marketing students to analyze what influenced their decision to attend Oklahoma Christian. He found that students first hear about the program through an Internet search or one of many billboards placed across Oklahoma City.

To make their decision, students are using research from the Web site or advice from previous graduates. Student satisfaction, according to Johnson, is the most influential factor in the rapid growth of the program.

“Our high quality and high service create high value,” Johnson said. “Students feel positive about their experience and are telling others.”

Corlie Agnew, Coordinator of Alumni Relations, is currently enrolled in the Oklahoma Christian MBA program because of the good things she heard from others.

“The MBA program at OC is a high-paced program that, unlike a lot of MBA programs, allows you to graduate in one year,” Agnew said. “The professors want you to succeed and offer their help, leadership and advice to every single student. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning under experienced professionals who care about your overall success.”

In the coming years, administrators project that the 1000th Oklahoma Christian MBA student will graduate in 2010.

“It took us seven years to 500 graduates,” Johnson said. “Now we only need three years to reach our 1000th.”

With continued growth in the future, administrators are making plans to give the MBA students their own space.

Within the next year to year-and-a-half, Johnson hopes to move into the renovated Enterprise Square building.

“Right now in the business building, we are at full capacity. Moving will give us more room to expand,” Johnson said.

Johnson hopes the positive word-of-mouth and new facilities will help make the Oklahoma Christian MBA the “premier school of choice in Oklahoma.”

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