Speaker 1: The UF MBA program has a pretty simple formula but it’s an important one and that’s bearing the world’s best faculty who are excellent in the classroom and/are experts in teaching in the distance education environment with the world’s most accomplished student [ ] passionate about what they are participating in and ready and eager to add value to the experience for their peers in creating an environment that is like no other.
Speaker 2: Living in Boston, there were any number of opportunities I could have pursued for my MBA. None of them brought to the table was the flexibility that the UF MBA provided me. I wasn’t going to give up my job.
Speaker 3: My schedule did not allow me to be in the classroom at regularly schedule time. I have a wife and son and I am expecting a second one very soon. I couldn’t walk away and do a full-time program and I wasn’t willing to give up on the commitments that I had to my family. Doing the UF MBA allows me to balance both.
Speaker 4: If you go back some period of time, people will have to sell their home, leave their job, move to another city to pursue their graduate studies. But with the advent of technology, we’re able to have an extremely rich graduate education experience through the online environment.
Speaker 5: Many of the technologies that we end up using are gonna feel comfortable to the students because they may use many of them in their day to day lives. So this idea of incorporating and embracing the best technologies that are out there and bringing together into a seamless package I think is part of what is made it very approachable and very easy for students to use.
Speaker 6: The Economist striking specifically for distance MBA programs went to the heart of the matter. They ask the students their opinion on the quality of the faculty, the quality of their student peers, the quality of the technology, and something I think is very important for an internet MBA program specifically the connectivity to a school.
Speaker 5: You know, I was skeptical in the beginning that I’ll be able to learn in this format because everything is done via distance. But it has been an absolutely wonderful learning atmosphere. I’m one of those that actually thrive of learning, of interaction within a classroom which I actually have not lost by being with Florida.
Speaker 7: They have been able to set up a program in which the interaction still occurs between the students. You still have the interaction with the professors. I didn’t necessarily expect to have that and I’ve been grateful that this program has been able to provide that.
Speaker 8:I have been pleasantly surprised by how wonderful it has been teaching in this program. I do connect to the students. Students connect with me and with each other. And even though I only see them face to face at the beginning and the end of the semester, we connect synchronously online through email, via phone, video conferencing. I always think we stay in touch a lot more than I do with working professionals who would come in once a month.
Speaker 3: Most of our internet MBA students are coming into this program because they either want to move in to management or they are already in management and want to move in to leadership. We furnish them with the practices, the techniques, the latest theories that they need in order to understand the full global picture of how a business works.
Speaker 5: Where you go to school and the brand that you decide to join is so vitally important because just having an MBA is no longer enough. It needs to be from a place that has a stellar reputation that doesn’t just have a local reputation but a national and global reputation and more importantly than anything else has the ability to provide the content that will allow someone to progress in their careers successfully.
Speaker 8: I think the regular course work is very good. I think it’s challenging. A lot of the material outside of the accounting was fairly new to me. I had touched on that before. But getting into the depth that we are getting into, I’d say it’s very challenging but manageable. It takes work. No doubt.
When I’m tasked to is negotiate [ ] appearances and basically convinced them why they want to come on Pierce Morgan. By having an MBA, I will be able to marry not only the skills that I have acquired to producing. I’ll also be able to understand what is going on within the business.
Well I think that UF MBA could do any number of things for me. I know that if I [ ] be the Journalism Industry, I could be a principle wherever I go. I could have a seat at the table for many many different things in many different fields.
We’ve learned some things along the way. You don’t do things perfectly right out of the box. And so those years of experience really come in to play when putting together preeminent in a distance education format.
I think that the combination of our faculty, technology and the reputation of the University of Florida brought together into a single whole make this program a slum dunk.