Champlain College,Vermont Business Magazine The Master of Business Administration (MBA) – long considered the higher education stamp of readiness for corporate success – has been struggling to fill that call, as many business leaders find that MBA programs fail to impart the skillsets required by modern day enterprises(link is external). But what distinguishes a modernized MBA that is equipped to prepare today’s professional for tomorrow’s quagmires and opportunities?Fortune 500 CEOs have repeatedly shared that, when looking for employees, a technical degree is not enough, and that creativity and critical thinking are the lifeblood of their business(link is external). To bridge the gap, Champlain College Online reconstructed its long-standing MBA to create a new Online MBA program, rooted in real-world applications, that prepares adult learners with financial analysis, leadership development, communication and decision-making skills. Students will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of the quantitative side of the enterprise, and also the ability to harness more integrative, creative, and strategic approaches to modern business challenges that enable more agile problem solving.“Graduate-level business degrees are often necessary for career advancement, but today’s business leaders are also looking for candidates who possess the qualitative understanding to turn data into actionable ideas,” said Peter Lotto, Global Business Leader & Champlain College Faculty Member. “Professionals now need to ‘look beyond the spreadsheet’ and solve messy, complex global issues while navigating institutional realities, cultural differences and conflicting goals and perspectives.”Rated as among the most innovative colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Champlain regularly evolved its longstanding MBA program, but the recent redesign amplifies the College’s commitment to meeting marketplace demands from its federal and private sector partners, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and MetLife. The new MBA program helps working professionals recognize the institutional, cultural, and external factors influencing their environment while advancing the work of their enterprise. Students will graduate with the following essential business competencies:● Complex challenge analysis using design and systems thinking● Problem identification and solution formulation recognizing impact enterprise-wide● Effective communication using logical, persuasive, fact-based arguments● Risk evaluation through questioning underlying assumptions and emerging trends● Ethically balancing qualitative and quantitative factors, including interpretation of financial statements and recognizing contending interestsChamplain College’s Online MBA program is comprised of a core curriculum and a choice of embedded graduate certificates such as: human resources, advanced management, health care administration, supply chain management, leadership or accounting.“Champlain’s new MBA program provides adult learners with the core competencies found in a well-rounded business degree and then adds the options for specialization that set our students apart from other graduates,” explains Dr. Mika Nash, Dean of the Division of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College. “Our rigorous curriculum, expert practitioners, and nationally ranked online programs prepare professionals for rapidly evolving business environments and allow them to immediately apply their newfound knowledge and sharpened thinking.”To successfully develop a competitive and nimble MBA program, Champlain College Online looked at past, current, and future business trends and issues to prepare graduates with the mental agility, self-awareness and cross-functional dexterity needed to effectively tackle the challenges that professionals will face throughout their careers.The new MBA is also available to Champlain’s truED alliance partners spanning more than 60 leading government and private sector organizations. truED provides partner organizations and their employees access to Champlain’s new MBA – along with 50 other 100% online undergraduate and graduate programs – with considerable tuition discounts. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please visit Champlain.edu/truEDalliances(link is external).About Champlain CollegeFounded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2016 as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Champlain was named the #1 “Most Innovative School” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” and #14 in the overall list of “Best Regional Colleges in the North.” For more information, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).About truEDtruED is developed and supported as part of Champlain College’s Online Continuing Professional Studies Division. Through the affordable truED model, and alliances with leading organizations in government and industry, Champlain College delivers accessible and immediately applicable online higher education to help employees gain the skills and knowledge needed to enhance their careers and achieve their organization’s business objectives. Champlain’s certificate and degree programs not only provide field-specific knowledge, but also the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills essential for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit http://www.champlain.edu/truedalliances(link is external).Source: Champlain College 8.16.2016. For more information on the MBA program visit champlain.edu/MBA(link is external) or call 1-888-545-3459. Free webinars for all prospective MBA students will be offered on Wednesday, August 24(link is external) or Tuesday, August 30(link is external).
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China donates COVID-19 medical supplies to Uganda Sierra Leone to impose nationwide lockdown over COVID-19 COVID-19 cases in Sierra Leone top 500 FILE PHOTO: China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive in Accra, Ghana. /Xinhua FILE PHOTO: China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive in Accra, Ghana. /XinhuaThe second batch of medical supplies donated by the Chinese embassy were handed over to Sierra Leone here on Monday to help the country’s fight against the Novel coronavirus.The donation includes 10,032 testing kits, 5,000 PPEs, 15,000 N95 respirators, 150,000 surgical masks, 7,000 medical goggles, 7,000 medical gloves and 3,000 medical shoe covers.Hu Zhangliang, the Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone, said, “We are glad to know that these items have been essential in enhancing the competency of the Sierra Leonean heroic fighters.I believe that this batch of medical supplies will help consolidate what Sierra Leone has achieved so far in the fight.”Hu said China will continue to help African countries by providing supplies and facilitating Africa’s procurement of medical items in China.Hu said Sierra Leone has achieved commendable results in combating COVID-19, adding that Sierra Leoneans have displayed the fine qualities of discipline, unity and resilience in the battle.Sierra Leone’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nabeela Tunis said the donation is a testament of the existing ties between the two countries’ friendships.Sierra Leone’s Health and Sanitation Minister Alpha Tejan Wurie thanked China for its support. “You will only know your brother in time of need,” he said.Related
Credit Unions First Mortgages 2016-08-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Origination A spike in first mortgages, along with increases in new and used auto loans, helped to push credit union loan balances up to a record high in the second quarter, according to Q2 data from Callahan & Associates released Thursday.Those three categories accounted for 81.6 percent of loan growth at credit unions last year, according to Callahan & Associates’ analysis. In Q2 2016, a 10.7 percent over-the-year increase resulted in credit union loan balances topping $834.3 billion. The previous all-time high was $809 billion, set in the first quarter of 2016. This included 5,959 credit unions which reported second quarter data.In Q2, first mortgages accounted for 37.6 percent of total loan growth at credit unions after a spike of 9.8 percent over-the-year. The substantial increase resulted in an aggregate loan balance of more than $340.7 billion in first mortgage loans for credit unions, the highest balance ever reported for any one quarter.“What this tells us about the industry is that credit unions are continuing to find success by appealing to and working with their members, to provide them with the financial solutions they need,” Callahan & Associates’ Director of Industry Analysis Sam Taft said. “The credit union industry has had a lot of success over the past few years expanding its presence in the first mortgage market; credit union market share has risen from 5.7 percent in June 2011 to 7.3 percent in June 2016. I believe as awareness builds, consumers are increasingly seeing the benefits of banking with credit unions. Related to this, thinking in terms of the broader market, the fact that credit unions have been able to increase their piece of the pie shows that there is both opportunity and demand in the market for financing that isn’t being filled by the large banks and mortgage finance companies.”Originations were a heavy contributor to that increase, totaling $62.6 billion for the first half of 2016—an increase of 1.7 percent from the first half of 2015 and the highest aggregate amount loaned for the first half of any year since 2013, according to Callahan & Associates. August 11, 2016 624 Views Credit Unions Take a Larger Share of the Mortgage Pie Share