Degree-completion program to help place-bound students

Sept. 9, 2003 by Jeany Llorente NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University’s College of Business Administration and Economics is now offering a degree-completion program to help place-bound students receive a bachelor’s degree from NMSU.

“The idea is that a student will take the first two years of classes at a place other than the main campus and then we will provide upper-division courses for the last two years,” said Kathy Brook, associate dean and distance education coordinator for the college.

The program, which is also known as a “2-plus-2” program, is still pending accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

“We recognize that there are over 20 two-year college programs around the state, and this program was developed specifically for those students who wish to stay at a location other than the main campus but who want to receive a bachelor’s degree in business from NMSU,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the College of Business Administration and Economics.

Students of the program will take their courses online. They will major in general business and receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The course work for the freshman and sophomore years may be completed at a junior or community college. The junior- and senior-level courses include upper-division business core courses and eight other upper- division courses, with a limit of two per business discipline.

“It has a fairly broad appeal,” Brook said of the program. “It’s very well suited for somebody who is going into a small business and needs to know something about all the aspects of business. Given that there are a lot of small businesses in New Mexico, it’s a degree that fits pretty well and we are very optimistic about it.”

Brook said students doing internships and co-ops out of the area can also take advantage of individual courses.

For more information about the program, contact Brook at (505) 646-5431.

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