Georgia WebMBA program starts new class this week

The Georgia WebMBA program‚ which lets students earn a Master of Business Administration…

Georgia (Aug 19, 2003) — Georgia WebMBA program starts new class this week

Terri Thornton


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The Georgia WebMBA program‚ which lets students earn a Master of Business Administration degree over the Internet‚ will hold its orientation at Kennesaw State University on Friday‚ August 22 and Saturday‚ August 23. Students from Georgia and throughout the country will meet to kick−off the program’s fourth cohort. They will meet some of their instructors and exercise their computer skills‚ but team−building exercises will be the most critical element. The students will work in virtual teams over the Internet‚ and this may be the only time they see their team members‚ and other students‚ face to face.

They will pursue their studies with the help of instructors from the five participating institutions: KSU‚ Valdosta State University‚ Ga. Southern University‚ The University of West Georgia‚ and Georgia College & State University. All five universities are accredited by AACSB International − the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The orientation will be held at KSU Center‚ across I−75 from the main campus. The address is 3333 Busbee Drive‚ Kennesaw‚ Georgia. Friday’s orientation events will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours on Saturday are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The program is unique in that it has a partnership structure involving the five participating universities‚” says KSU WebMBA director Joe Bocchi. “Only a few other states have similar structures for their online MBA programs.”

During the Saturday session‚ the program will present the Kenneth L. Stanley Outstanding Georgia WebMBA Faculty Award. This is the first time the award has been presented. It is named in honor of the dean of the Harley Langdale‚ Jr. College of Business Administration at Valdosta State University. Stanley founded the WebMBA program along with Rodney Alsup‚ Senior Associate Dean at KSU. Business school deans‚ directors‚ and faculty from five University System of Georgia universities will attend the Saturday session.

The WebMBA program started in January of 2001. It was awarded permanent status by the Board of Regents in June of 2002. Each year‚ the program accepts 30 new students‚ most of whom work fulltime. It has maintained an exceptional retention rate of 89%. The first two cohorts of the program have now graduated.

For more information about the Georgia WebMBA‚ contact Joe Bocchi at (770) 499−3232 or e−mail .

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 18‚000 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit