Marquette, MI – March 21, 2018 – Opinions on post-high school education are changing. Only 15% of Delta and Menominee County residents, 25-years and older, hold a four-year bachelors degree. Marquette, home of Northern Michigan University, sits at just 25%. Dr. Brian Zinser, Assistant Professor and Marketing & Management Assistant Department Head at NMU joined the Marquette West Rotary today. Zinser spoke to Rotarians covering Northern’s program designed to boost the local adult education rates.
Northern Michigan University is the first University in Michigan to offer a management degree for workforce development. The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Management is a new Global Campus degree completion program to meet the needs of working adult learners. This online program allows participants to access course materials and study on their own time. Mostly accelerated classes lasting seven to eight weeks, students may start courses at any time, even before taking the on-campus orientation/management course.
While taking the course, students will learn about budgets and how to manage people. The classes help teach the skills to run a department and gain the skill to be an administrator. Dr. Brian Zinser pointed out that Michigan’s market for management is huge, with many opportunities for people with an applied associate degree. This program helps build on those existing degrees to push participating adults above the rest.
Zinser focused on a well known local organization as an example. Looking at Upper Peninsula Health Plan, of the 120 workers, 70 have associate degrees. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree could be a way for those working adults to complete their four-year degree, while managing their everyday lives.
Excited to announce the start of this program, Zinser stated the first residency program will begin in January of 2019. The university is currently recruiting with the expectation that a normal completion rate will take two to three years. As a Global Campus, the price for in-state and out-of-state tuition is the same with no extra fees like athletic fees.
NMU plans to visit towns throughout the Upper Peninsula including Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Marquette to offer more information about the program to U.P. residents. If you know of anyone with an associate degree who wishes to move up, they can contact Dr. Brian Zinzer for more information at (906) 227-1810 or check out the College of Business website.
Brian Zinser, D.B.A
Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Head
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette MI, 49855
Office: (906) 227-1810