U.S. News & World Report ranks the InfoSec program #9 in U.S.
The JMU College of Business Information Security (InfoSec) MBA program has been ranked 9th in the nation for online graduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings included 172 other online MBA programs. JMU is the top ranked program in Virginia. In 2013, JMU’s program was 49th in the rankings.
Lynne Farrell Stover, the teacher consultant for the JMU Center for Economic Education, has recently been honored with the 2013 Friend of the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Award.
The Friend of VAASL Award is given to any individual, group, or organization who aims to ensure student academic success by promoting literacy, information access, technological utilization, collaboration in teaching, professional growth, and instructional leadership.
As an educator for over forty years, Lynne has served as an elementary school teacher, a gifted education specialist, and a middle school librarian. In her current position as the teacher consultant for the Center of Economic Education at JMU, Lynne is responsible for conducting teacher workshops and creating lessons and activities that support economic literacy. In addition to countless publications, she also presents at regional, state, and national educational conferences to share her expertise with others and promote the importance of literary media and technology in instructional programs.
Lynne will receive recognition as the 2013 Friend of VAASL at the fall conference in Williamsburg.
The College of Business sends its congratulations to Lynne, and applauds her outstanding work and dedication to education.
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The College of Business held a strategic planning session on Sept. 6. President Jonathan Alger kicked off the day, saying, “Let’s do some blue sky thinking and bring in an entrepreneurial/creative spirit.” He noted that the Madison Future Commission (MFC) has been working since 2012 on laying the groundwork for the university’s 2014-2020 strategic plan. The CoB Strategic Planning initiative is very timely, and fits in well with the goal of the MFC.
President Alger challenged the faculty and staff participants to think about big issues and challenges we face as a society, and define what we do from an educational perspective to meet those needs.
Dr. Mary Gowan next welcomed the group, and noted that the world is changing quickly, and we need to be at the forefront of education. She said, “I want you to think about a ‘big idea.’ We need to redesign the box, not think outside it.” She reminded everyone that we need a clear, compelling story to convey to donors.
Associate Dean Rick Mathieu, planner for the event, summarized the goal of the day by saying, “We want you to review and reimagine the College of Business vision statement and shared values. We also want you to connect with each other during the day.”
The participants broke up into several different groups over the course of the day, and worked on the following challenges:
1. Developing an elevator speech for the CoB
2. Defining the future of education
3. Identifying and refining the values of the CoB
4. Reviewing and tweaking the CoB mission statement
5. Creating a CoB vision statement
Provost Jerry Benson wrapped up the day’s activities, noting that the College of Business is at the forefront of the planning process.
Dr. Gowan explained that the mission, vision, and values committee will take all the information generated at the planning session, and organize and summarize it. Next, a strategic task force will be created to help determine how to put the vision and values into action.
Dr. Gowan anticipates the process should be completed by the end of this academic year.
The planning participants were highly engaged and involved during the session. They also appreciated the chance to meet and work with their colleagues.
James Madison University’s College of Business, which is nationally ranked, offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, and quantitative finance, as well as two MBA programs and a masters in accounting program. The college encourages creative thinking, emotional intelligence skills, interpersonal communications skills, problem solving skills, decision making skills, and teamwork skills. College of Business graduates are ready to work and contribute when they graduate. The school has a rich tradition of giving back to the local community.