Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose legislation to make changes to the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) that will tailor programming to the needs of employers, so that students are better prepared for real-world employment when they graduate. The plan will set higher standards for students and for the schools, will would be benchmarked against national and global models in the area of vocational and technical training.
“Turning the corner on decades of economic decline means we have to prepare our students for a successful future in the high-tech workforce and we have to create the skilled labor that Connecticut companies need to compete globally,” said Malloy in a statement. “When these reforms are in place, we will position our technical high school system to offer programs that are relevant for the high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow.”
The proposed changes stem from the January recommendations of the Connecticut Technical High School System Task Force and build on the outcomes of the October “jobs” special session. In addition to the new programming, Malloy is also proposing changing the governance of the CTHSS to an independent, 11-member board whose members are appointed. This would transition the 20-school system to the purview of a board dedicated solely to its operations and removes oversight from the state Board of Education.
“The governor’s plan invites the investment of the private sector in our vocational technical schools, ensuring that we’re preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow and enabling stronger school-to-workplace connections,” said state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “The plan also ensures a continuing connection to the state Department of Education which, working with our fellow state departments, will help to position our technical high school system in a way that draws from and compares favorably to national and global models.”
Malloy is also allocating $500,000 in additional funding to increase the training resources and supplies for students.
New themes, new location on tap this spring
NEW HAVEN — The University of New Haven’s College of Business will offer a restructured Executive MBA (EMBA) program in spring 2012 in a new downtown location.
The new program, based on six “integrative business themes” rather than on individual courses, will be offered on the tenth floor of 900 Chapel Street.
“Offering the program in New Haven puts us close to both the medical and information-technology industries so important to the city,” explains Lawrence Flanagan, executive dean of the UNH College of Business. “The content of our new program will reflect the many changes businesses have gone through in the last decade — globalization, increased competition and the need for sustainability — and will provide business leaders with what they need to manage their companies now and in the future.”
The UNH EMBA program is the second-oldest in New England. Founded 35 years ago, it has produced more than 1,500 graduates, including many alumni who have become senior executives of leading corporations around the globe, according to the school.
In 2011 it was ranked as one of the best EMBA values in the nation by the website poetsandquants.com, which evaluates graduate business school programs. Nevertheless, after three decades the program was in need of updating, according to Flanagan
The new program is based on input from alumni, businesses and prospective students.
“We looked carefully at the feedback we’ve received from students and alumni and we talked with companies that have sponsored students in the EMBA program in the past,” says Flanagan. “Over the last 20 years it’s become increasingly clear that organizations are made of many interactive components. An effective EMBA curriculum needs to examine business organizations in that interactive context.”
In the past, the program included 19 courses. Each covered a business topic thoroughly, but there was no coordinated effort to integrate knowledge.
The revamped EMBA program will reflect a new approach.
“The new program is strategically structured,” Flanagan explains. “It is designed to develop synergy across content that is organized around several themes: viability; cultural transformation; marketing management; ethics, environmental sustainability and social responsibility; measurement; and leading and execution.”
In addition, students will work on real-world research projects, sometimes in their own companies, to apply what they learn in the classroom. And the program will involve a week-long international session in Asia affording students opportunities to explore businesses through the prism of what’s learned in the program.
“Our overall strategy for the college is about education that helps our students define and effectively manage their personal ‘brand,’” says Flanagan. “The repackaged EMBA program fits perfectly. It’s about real issues facing successful corporate leaders in America today. We’re very optimistic about its success.”
Prospective students in the 56-credit program must have significant experience in business in order to be considered for the acceptance. A personal interview is required. Applications are being accepted now for both the spring and the fall programs. To learn more visit newhaven.edu/emba.
New institute to broaden school’s international offerings
HAMDEN — Quinnipiac University is launching an institute designed to broaden the school’s global ties and its opportunities for international education.
The new István Széchenyi Institute will build on the work of QU’s existing István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics. Established in 2008, the chair oversees the university's relations and student exchange program with nations in Central Europe, especially Hungary. The chair is based in Quinnipiac’s School of Business, and its programs are for MBA students.
The new institute will support the development of similar programs for QU students in all the university’s schools and colleges. The institute will also forge new study abroad opportunities and support foreign students who study at Quinnipiac, according to school officials.
“This is an exciting development in Quinnipiac’s mission to encourage study abroad and an international environment on campus,” said Mark Thompson, the university’s senior vice president for academic and student affairs.
Christopher Ball, associate professor of economics in Quinnipiac’s business school, currently holds the István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics. He will become director of the István Széchenyi Institute.
The institute will manage three existing business-school programs: Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholarship, MBA Executive Study in Hungary Program and Foreign Lecture Series, as Ball seeks to expand the school’s offerings.
“I am already reaching out to the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, and will reach out next to university partners in Slovakia and Poland,” Ball said. “Our partners help identify good applicants to our scholarship program and collaborate with us on opportunities for faculty and student collaboration and exchange.”
QU’s existing Central European programs involve “partner” institutions including the Corvinus School of Management and Matthias Corvinus Collegium, both in Budapest, Hungary, and the Sapientia University in Miercuria Ciuc, Romania.
In addition Quinnipiac has long-standing study abroad programs with universities in France and Ireland. While the new institute will focus on Central Europe, it will seek to further support those existing relationships and work closely with QU’s Office of Multicultural & Global Education.
“The School of Business is tremendously excited about the creation of the institute. The development of the institute is a testament to the excellent leadership of Professor Chris Ball,” said Matt O’Connor, dean of the QU business school.