Walsh and Kettering University Introduce Tech MBA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 15, 2020

TROY, Mich.— Walsh and Kettering University have come together to launch the Walsh/Kettering Tech MBA, an interdisciplinary program combining Walsh’s internationally-ranked master of business administration (MBA) with a technology leadership certificate from the renowned Kettering University. Applicants must have an undergraduate or higher degree in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or physics and applications are currently being accepted.

“Walsh and Kettering are a great fit to offer this unique and powerful program. The Tech MBA offers a valuable graduate credential for those with STEM undergraduate degrees interested in advancing their careers in technology leadership,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., president and CEO, Walsh.

The Walsh/Kettering Tech MBA prepares graduates for senior leadership in a wide variety of technical fields. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

“We are excited to partner with Walsh as it shares our commitment to providing unique, high-demand and valuable opportunities and experiences for professional students to succeed in business and industry,” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan.

For more information, visit walshcollege.edu/walsh-kettering-tech-mba

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

ABOUT KETTERING UNIVERSITY
Kettering University, formerly known as GMI, is a Flint, Michigan-based private, nonprofit university recognized as one of the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering and business leaders in higher education. Dedicated to offering a curriculum that uniquely integrates classroom learning with experiential co-operative opportunities, Kettering consistently ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s listing for elite specialty schools. The University has more than 27,000 square feet of lab and research space used by faculty, students and industry collaborators, and boasts the only ABET-accredited applied physics program in the world. It also houses the first and only FIRST Robotics Community Center on a college campus in the United States. According to a 2019 analysis of federal data ranking 4,500 schools nationwide, Kettering University degree holders have the highest lifetime return on investment (ROI) in the state of Michigan. The University celebrated its centennial year in 2019. For more information, go to kettering.edu.

Walsh Appoints Suzanne Siegle Provost and Executive Vice President

TROY, Mich., Sept. 3, 2020 – Walsh President and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, Siegle will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research.

“Dr. Siegle is a dynamic leader who brings extensive experience and knowledge in education, law and business, with a pulse on the needs of students,” said Levens. “Her creative approach and experience will be instrumental in guiding our academic programs and services in an ever-changing higher education environment, ensuring Walsh continues to meet the needs of students and business partners.“

Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she most recently served as the assistant vice president for legal affairs and operations, campus dean for the Haab School of Business and professor of business and leadership.

Siegle’s academic and professional experience combine business, law and higher education, specifically focusing on the value and importance of a business education in today’s world. While at Concordia, she launched and grew both its undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs and founded CULaunch!, an annual pitch event for aspiring entrepreneurs to compete for startup seed money. Siegle also oversaw the growth and development of a one-year master of science in leadership and an advanced standing professional MBA program.

A licensed attorney, Siegle has experience in business law, real estate, technology transfer, intellectual property, higher education law, risk management, Title IX compliance and corporate insurance.

Siegle’s research and scholarship encompass locus of control and leadership effectiveness, positive organizational psychology and the entrepreneurial mindset. She is the founder of the research firm LOCUS Mindset and regularly presents her research at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations, where she is a member of the community of scholars.

Siegle holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and management from Regent University, where her dissertation focused on alternative and innovative operating models for higher education in the 21st century. She earned her juris doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, an MBA from Western Governor’s University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Introduces Master of Science in Data Analytics

TROY, Mich., June 29, 2020 — Walsh has introduced a Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA), available beginning Jan. 4, 2021. The MSDA can be completed 100% online (asynchronously or in real time), on ground, or a combination of each. The custom-developed curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving and applied skill building through hands-on exercises. Students move through the program by “leveling up” from one course to the next. The MSDA includes ten core courses and three additional foundation courses for students without a technical background. There is no GRE requirement and applications are currently being accepted.

Demand for qualified data analysts is rising. According to the World Economic Forum 2018 Future of Jobs Report, 85% of companies surveyed reported plans to adopt data analytics by 2022 and a 2019 LinkedIn survey reported data analytics as one of the top 25 skills most companies need.

“Walsh’s cutting edge technology programs instill critical thinking, problems solving and analytics skills that align with industry expectations,” said Dave Schippers, D.Sc., CISSP, chair and professor of Information Technology/Decision Sciences (ITDS). “Our students train on enterprise-level software and graduate ready to use their knowledge and skills immediately in the workplace.”

Walsh’s ITDS programs are frequently recognized for excellence. The Master of Science in IT has been ranked second in the nation and was named one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs. Walsh was the first school in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity and was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

For more information about Walsh programs, visit walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Offers Students Choice, Flexibility For Fall 2020 Semester

TROY, Mich., May 21, 2020 — Walsh’s fall semester will be focused on flexibility. Students will have the choice to attend classes on ground, online (asynchronously or in real time) or a hybrid option combining online and on-ground attendance. Academic and student services will continue to be offered virtually, with in-person access available by appointment. Student Life meetings and events will continue with options for students to participate in person with limited available reservations and unlimited virtual access. Food service will be unavailable and community and corporate event rentals will remain on hold. On-ground classes will be moved into larger spaces to ensure proper social distancing. The percentage of on-ground classes that will be offered is being finalized.

All Walsh students receive a free Zoom Pro account when they enroll in classes and have access to the Navigate app, which allows them to schedule appointments with academic advisors, form study groups with classmates and receive reminders to help them stay on track with classes.

“Walsh is known for flexibility and this fall will be no different,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO. “We are ready to welcome new, continuing and guest students. We will be following federal and state guidelines for safety and are poised to flip to 100 percent remote delivery within 24 hours if the need arises.”

Remote learning allows students to attend class and participate from anywhere in the world. There is no difference between Walsh’s internationally and nationally ranked online programs and those delivered remotely, on ground, or in any combination. Students receive the same curriculum from faculty with decades of real world experience, in a way that fits their individual needs.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/coronavirus

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Retains Gold Level Status as Veteran-Friendly School

TROY, Mich., May 7, 2020 — Walsh has retained its status as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. The MVAA’s Michigan Veteran-Friendly Schools Program highlights institutions committed to offering services and support to meet the needs of veterans or military-connected students.

Gold-level status is the MVAA’s highest distinction and recognizes schools meeting six or more of the required criteria including veteran-specific advising, resources and staff, a system to award credit based on prior military training or experience and a process for identifying current veteran students.

Walsh helps veterans transition from military service to a successful career by providing personalized service and a clear pathway to a degree. The application fee is waived and veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during transition and extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users. Career Services advisors help translate military terms, experience and responsibilities into civilian business language for resumes and job interviews. Walsh also offers a designated space for veterans at its Troy location and a student veteran organization.

For more information about Walsh’s veteran services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Bachelor’s Program Receives Top 5 Ranking in U.S.

TROY, Mich., Feb. 26, 2020 — Walsh’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management was ranked No. 5 in the United States on the list of the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Business Administration, an annual publication by Online Schools Report. Walsh’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) also ranked at No. 6 on the Best Online Master’s in Business Administration list and earned the program its fourth top ranking in 14 months. Walsh graduate degree programs consistently earn national and international rankings, but this marks the school’s first ranking for an undergraduate degree program.

Online Schools Report evaluates a school based on student satisfaction, admission rate and online presence. Individual degree programs are evaluated based on popularity at the school, department size and average debt for program graduates. The final lists include the top 50 online degree programs across the country.

The Walsh BBA program is available entirely online and offers majors in finance, general business, human resource management, management and marketing. Walsh’s online programs provide the same curriculum as on-ground programs and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. Other recent recognition for excellence in online education includes a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., and one of the Best Online Master’s in Network Security.

View the complete lists by Online Schools Report:

Bachelor’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-business-administration-degrees.

Master’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-masters-in-business-administration-degrees.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Marks Over 50 Years of Community College Partnerships

TROY, Mich., Sept. 11, 2019 — For over 50 years, Walsh’s partnerships with community colleges have provided students an affordable, accessible education. In 1968, Walsh began offering coursework for upper-division students who had completed two years at community college or a four-year institutions. Since that time, Walsh has built community college partnerships to include Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, St. Clair Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College District and many more across Michigan and beyond. At a time when the cost of a college degree is higher than ever, Walsh’s strong relationships with community colleges offer a number of benefits to transfer students.

Three Degrees in Five Years
Walsh offers several paths to a degree in business or technology to help students save time and money.

Walsh Now allows students to take classes toward their bachelor’s degree while they are still attending community college.

FastTrack is an accelerated program that lets students earn their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.

Walsh Online allows students to complete their degree entirely online, from anywhere in the world, with the same small class sizes and personal attention they would receive if they were attending on ground.

An Efficient Transfer Experience
Walsh accepts up to 91 transfer credits and has built a reputation for providing an easy transfer process.

“Walsh values our community college relationships tremendously,” said Marsha Kelliher, Walsh President and CEO. “Students receive a strong start at community college and seamlessly transfer to Walsh to finish their degree at an internationally ranked, private business school.”

Payton Beigler, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in information technology, planned to transfer to Walsh 18 months before she made the move, and worked with the same advisor throughout the entire process. “My Walsh advisor was so helpful,” said Beigler, “She helped me figure out the classes I would need for my degree path to make my transfer from community college smooth.”

Affordability
Community college students who transfer to Walsh to finish their bachelor’s degree have the advantage of saving between $35,000-60,000 on tuition, compared to four-year public and private institutions.

For students who do take out loans, Walsh’s 2015 3-year default rate is 3.4%. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the National 2015 3-year default rate is 10.8% and Michigan’s 2015 3-year default rate is 12.2%.*

Walsh also offers many scholarship opportunities including the Community College Excellence Award, available to Michigan community college students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 or higher. Select full-tuition scholarships are also available.

Flexibility
College students are busier than ever, often balancing work, family, and other priorities with school. They need a clear, accessible, and flexible pathway to their degree. In addition to online and evening classes, students can also register for classes a full year in advance, helping them schedule school around their hectic lives.

For more information about transferring to Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/transfer-college-credit

*The 2015 3-year default rates are the current reported rates.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh’s Online MBA Named One of Best in U.S.

TROY, Mich., November 2, 2018 — Walsh’s online MBA has been named one of the best online degree programs not requiring a GMAT in the United States, according to an industry-leading educational research organization. Walsh is the only institution of higher education in Michigan to earn this distinction.

Walsh was ranked No. 9 in the United States by OnlineMasters.com, which researches every graduate program in the nation to provide prospective students data-driven, unbiased research. Schools in the study were evaluated based on the quality of their academic programs, student success and affordability.

“Walsh was an early adopter of online education,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh. “We offered our first online course in 1998 and have a dedicated online learning team that continuously innovates to offer our students an online education experience that is academically challenging, engaging and efficient. We could not be more proud of this honor.”

The Walsh MBA is structured around four 11-week semesters instead of the traditional 15 weeks at most schools, and ongoing registration allows students to plan their courses for the entire year. Ninety percent of Walsh faculty are working professionals who bring authentic industry experience into small class settings, whether on-ground or online. No GMAT is required for admission to the Walsh MBA program.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security, one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing and a Top Online MBA Program in Michigan. For more information about Walsh degrees, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Farmington Hills and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Introduces Cutting-Edge IT Curriculum

Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department’s new leadership team includes Dave Schippers, Thomas Petz and Christopher Heiden, three professionals with decades of diverse experience in information technology who are enhancing curriculum with unique hands-on learning experiences to prepare graduates for careers in cybersecurity, automotive cybersecurity, business information systems and more.

“We’ve developed curriculum that blends academic theory and rigor with extensive hands-on development of critical skills. Walsh is the only school in Michigan to offer an experience like our Attack and Defend course, where teams attack and defend a mock business infrastructure in a controlled environment,” said Schippers. “Our graduates leave Walsh ready to enter the IT workforce, all the way up to the federal level.”

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Schippers has 20 years of experience in information technology, cybersecurity and project management. He spearheaded Walsh’s new Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, which is available within the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.

Associate Professor Petz has 20 years of IT experience and in 2015 was named the Keith A. Pretty Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year from the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education. He is helping to revitalize core programming courses in Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate IT degrees and specializations.

Associate Professor Heiden brings 20 years of experience in information technology, digital marketing, and database technologies and is focused on expanding Walsh’s data sciences degree concentration.

Walsh was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD). Our IT degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards. For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences program, visit www.walshcollege.edu or call 800-WALSH-01.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Part 1: Why Talent Leaves Michigan

By: Sarah Craft

My friend Bryan Lewis had a great year. As program director at Youth Energy Squad, his mission is to grow the next generation of green leaders. This year, his team engaged nearly 2,500 Detroit students and completed nearly 600 community greening projects. They visited Washington D.C. and students had the opportunity to meet with leaders to discuss ways to build power for young people across the country to take action in sustainability.

“My mission is to work with young people to lead change that improves the lives of other young people in the Detroit area and beyond,” he said. “I feel that we’ve gotten closer to achieving our mission than ever before. Our students grew so much and I’m so thankful for our program to have been a part of that growth.”

Bryan has definitely found his place in Detroit. But that wasn’t always his plan.

Bryan grew up in Southfield and there was a sentiment shared by many of his peers that the only way to move up in the world was to get out of town. So when he had the chance to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he jumped on it.

Southeast Michigan loses so much young talent to other states. And in our recent Southeast Michigan Talent Retention Survey, Detroit Drives Degrees had the chance to hear from almost 100 people who were born in the region but left. Based on this survey, the top three reasons people leave are for work, education and exploration.

1. Work opportunities

Most survey respondents said they left the region for a job. They said it was challenging finding entry-level work after college or there was a lack of well-paying jobs in their field, especially in tech, sciences and public policy.

I love Detroit and would love to move back eventually. But my career options are best on the East Coast.”

“If I could find stable employment I would move back in a second.”

“After working part-time or working for organizations where upward mobility wasn’t an option, I was offered a job outside Detroit. I had to take it, for the professional opportunities as well as for my own emotional well-being. I loved living and working in Detroit, and I would come back in a heartbeat if offered a comparable position to what I do now.”

2. Higher education

Like Bryan, many respondents said they left the region for an opportunity to attend college or graduate school. Some returned after completing their degree but others stayed because of prospects they found in their new network.

“I went to school on the west side of the state – loved it. But both my husband and I wanted to be close to our families and our cottage on Saginaw Bay.”

“Moved to the Northeast and will likely stay in the area due to my career and my spouse’s family is from this area.”

3. Interest in other areas

Others said that after growing up in Southeast Michigan, they simply wanted to experience life in another place.

 “I wanted to see what life was like outside of Michigan and my job opportunities were limited, so I left. I like living outside of Michigan, recreationally and culturally.”

In many cases, respondents said amenities and quality of life are better in other areas. Many relocated to larger metropolitan areas that invested differently in public spaces and infrastructure. In particular, respondents cited walkable urban neighborhoods, robust regional transit and diversity.

“I don’t think Detroit is attractive to millennials. It lacks public transportation, diverse industries and diverse people.”

Some of our region’s home-grown talent leave and never return. Others, however, do come back. Usually they return for family, an interest in Detroit, and the opportunity to make an impact.

As I mentioned in my last blog, all three of my college-educated siblings left the state and will very likely never return. Bryan did. Find out why in my next post.


Sarah Craft is a program associate for Detroit Drives Degrees.