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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 1, 2008

UW-Green Bay makes earning a business degree more possible
for working adults

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made a bachelor's degree in business administration more accessible to the region's adult students.

A partnership between UW-Green Bay's Professional Programs in Business and Adult Degree Programs will make it possible for working adults to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in one of four emphasis areas.

"This is a great opportunity for working adults to link with our exceptional business faculty," said Fritz Erickson, dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies. "At UW-Green Bay, our faculty are more than great scholars, excellent teachers and wonderful mentors, they really bring meaning to our commitment, 'connecting learning to life.'"

Starting in September, non-traditional university students can begin to earn a degree, from start to finish, through available night classes, Saturday classes and online courses. Enrollment for the fall semester starts Monday, April 7.

The effort is tailored to working adults, parents or anyone whose schedule does not permit attendance on campus during weekdays.

"Our Growth Agenda's goal is to serve more students in our region," said Associate Professor Marilyn Sagrillo, chair of Professional Programs in Business. "There is a real need. More and more people understand the importance of having an undergraduate degree. Some students will have started a degree in other subjects and will be looking to enhance what they have with a degree in business."

Students can choose an area of emphasis in finance, marketing, management or human resources management.

"This is the same Bachelor of Business Administration degree that is offered to traditional students, but it is being offered at times that are more flexible and accessible to adult learners," said Adult Degree Program Manager Eric Craver.

"Students would be able to come to this campus and earn all of their credits, from beginning to end, without ever having to step foot on campus during a week day."

All credits from general education requirements to upper-level courses specific to an area of emphasis are offered during the evenings, weekends or online. Some courses are also available during summer.

Most students take between six and nine credits per semester.

"This is a program that will provide opportunities for residents of Northeastern Wisconsin to earn a bachelor's degree and earn the credentials that will provide them with opportunities for career advancement in a rapidly-changing economic and business environment," Craver said.

Out of a workforce of more than 675,000, only 18.7 percent of Northeast Wisconsin residents have attained a bachelor's degree or higher, according to data from The New North, a regional business and economic development consortium.

As baby boomers retire and the labor pool shrinks, area companies will want their employees to have bachelor's of business degrees.

"In order for most workers to progress in their professions, in order to have new opportunities open up to them, they will need a bachelor's degree," Sagrillo said.

For more information visit www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/bba or contact the Adult Degree Programs office at (920) 465-2423 or toll free (800) 621-2313, or e-mail adultdegrees@uwgb.edu. The UW-Green Bay campus is located at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

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08-78 | Contact: Mike Heine heinem@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2526



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