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University Of Nevada MBA Earns Best Buy Designation For 3 Online Programs

The University of Nevada’s dedication to providing high quality online Master of Business Administration programs has earned the educational institution “Best Buy” designations from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and consumer group GetEducated.com. The Executive MBA (EMBA) program offered through the University’s College of Business has been ranked as the fourth best online program by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the 42nd “Best Buy” in GetEducated.com’s “Best Affordable Accredited Online MBA Programs” list. The University’s Dean of the College of Education Chris Cheney responded to the designation on behalf of the school with “The College is pleased to receive this recognition for our online programs. We have developed these programs, as well as other online courses and consequences, so that educators can engage in deep study in the latest research and promising practices, while working in a manner that makes sense for busy professionals.”

The EMBA program at the University of Nevada features all of the components necessary to deliver a rich, real-world worthy academic experience to students on a full or part time basis. With one of the highest levels of accreditation offered by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the program is lead by a team of experienced, dedicated faculty and includes some of the most innovative information and technology available online. Renown Health in Reno’s CFO Mark Behl praised the program with a statement in support offering: “The EMBA program has exceeded all of my expectations by combining a comprehensive program, expert faculty, and sophisticated technology that deliver the best of both worlds: web based learning and the tradition of the University of Nevada, Reno.”

As one of the leaders in providing online graduate programs through Extended Studies, the University of Nevada is often a great match for many students as they expand their educational and career horizons. Its high retention rate is proof that students can meet the demands of managing professional responsibilities and other obligations in addition to online studies while providing an affordable, valuable educational foundation for future success.

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October 26, 2012   Comments Off

The Business of For-Profit Schools

In the article The Merits of Online For-Profit Colleges and Universities, three main points are made in favor of “for-profit” online schools.

1. For-profit schools do a better job securing financial aid for students than community colleges or public four-year universities.
2. For-profit schools continue to be pioneers in online education and innovation.
3. For-profit schools disrupt the status quo.

So while for-profit schools continue to get a bad rap, here are some areas where they may be beneficial to society. We’re especially interested in point number 2 because what it suggests is that while traditional schools were slow to adopt the new reality of online learning, the economically motivated for-profit schools were driven to set themselves apart by building better software applications and technology to facilitate online learning.

School is more than a business. But this is proof that sometimes business (competition) results in a net-positive for society.

May 2, 2011   Comments Off

32 Businesses You Can Start While In Business School: A Guide For Student Entrepreneurs

A business student is someone that goes to business school, takes courses, graduates and looks for a job. An entrepreneurial student is someone that starts their own business while still in business school. If you lean to the latter, here are a number of low- to medium-capital businesses that you can start while still in business school, either singly or with partners.

Some people are natural entrepreneurs, even students. Numerous successful business powerhouses – such as Dell Computers, Microsoft, FedEx and Apple – got started in college. You don’t have to be a geek, but you do need some basic accounting, advertising, market research and business skills, and a specific salable skill (how you’ll earn your income). College is actually an ideal place to start a business because students tend to be bright-eyed, passionate and unjaded. As well, classmates tend not to mind other classmates promoting their business.

Here are a few businesses you can start in college for relatively low capital, then build on them as income comes in. Because you’re in charge, you can take as much or as little work as fits your study schedule.
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February 13, 2008   1 Comment

Some Considerations for Building an Online Business

What is the one common hurdle that often stops a would-be entrepreneur from starting up? Lack of funds and thus lack of resources. However, starting a business no longer has to be limited by your resources in the offline world nor by lack of funds. In fact, there are successful businesses that are entirely run online, and were started with minimal capital. You don’t even need to wait until you graduate from business school to start.

Of course, not all businesses can be run that way, but if yours can, you still need to draw targeted web traffic to your site. There are many ways to do that:

  1. Traditional advertising. Buy print or other traditional media ads.
  2. Online ad(vertorial)s.
    • Buy online banner ads. These can be costly, depending on site, and effectiveness varies.
    • Buy online text link ads. (Frowned upon some search engines such as Google.)
    • Buy online “reviews” of your site, products or services. While these might look like articles, they straddle the line between reviews and advertorials. It depends on whether you use a web service that allows you to indicate to potential reviewers whether or not the review should be “positive” in tone.
  3. Build content. Write/buy and post fresh, relevant article content regularly and promote the articles at social media sites. You can package this either as a set of articles or as a blog, but it depends on tone of voice in the writing as well as frequency and expected interaction.
  4. Build links. This, in a nutshell, includes commenting on related sites/ blogs and/or forums, guest posting on other sites in your niche, using social media sites and loosely-related services such as Twitter for promotion, buying listings in web directories, etc. Building links does not require that you also build content, but both activities together are usually more effective.

If you need/want to keep startup costs down and thus choose to go the bootstrapping route, you’ll have to do a lot of the work yourself. You need to decide on the following:
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January 22, 2008   1 Comment