TAMPA, Fla., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Linda Koch is enrolled in her fourth
Master of Business Administration course, but her Hawaii home is far removed
from Regis University's prestigious 120-year-old Denver, Colorado, campus.
The same is true of Michael Reiners, a fellow Regis student across the Pacific
in Japan, and Mark Summers, yet another classmate in Germany. But geography
is no problem for Linda, Michael and Mark, who unite in Regis University's
Worldwide, more than 1,200 students representing 10 percent of Regis
University's student body are enrolled in its regionally accredited online
External MBA (EMBA) program, made available by the University Alliance
(www.universityalliance.com/pr ) in Tampa, Florida. Among distance education
programs, Regis University's EMBA is the largest of its kind in the nation,
producing 84 graduates since its January 1997 inception. The 10, eight-week,
three-credit-hour courses mirror those taught at the University's land-based
campus and can be completed in less than two years. No classroom attendance
is required, as interaction between students and professors takes place via
multimedia and Internet technologies.
For Linda Koch, earning an MBA could dramatically change her life. With a
husband, three children under six and another on the way, she makes a daily
three-hour round-trip commute to her job as a sanitary chemist for the City of
Honolulu. Koch's true passion, however, is the family's two-acre aquaculture
farm in the quaint town of Waialua. "Aquaculture has a very bad reputation in
that many entrepreneurs start out with good intentions, but fail on the
business end," she said. "I want to succeed and make the farm very
profitable. I believe I can do that with the knowledge gained in my Regis MBA
As a supply department head for the US Navy, 30-year-old Michael Reiners
is responsible for buying the food to feed soldiers and sailors stationed in
Yokohama, Japan. His upward mobility is directly dependent on his level of
education, so earning an MBA is a necessity. "I'm especially impressed with
the level of instruction," remarked Reiners of Regis' EMBA faculty, which
includes award-winning professionals and Fulbright Scholars. "This is a real
MBA we are working towards." Another bonus is the flexibility of Regis'
distance learning program, which allows Reiners to maximize his study time.
"I listen to tapes during my workout, watch videos at lunch, and type up my
homework on the train," he explained. "I go online during breaks at the
office, and spend time reading at night."
In Munich, Mark Summers discovered even the virtual world can be a small
one. "I found out one of my classmates was born in the same hospital in
Hagerstown, Maryland," he said. Summers has lived abroad for 30 years working
as a consultant and CPA, but at age 58, it's been 40 years since his
undergraduate courses. "Theory and content were much different then," he
said. So is the need to be in a land-based classroom, something the Regis
EMBA doesn't require. "During at least two courses, I found myself partly in
the USA and partly in Germany," Summers said. "For that I was glad to have a
global Internet provider!"
In addition to Regis University's EMBA program, the University Alliance
also makes available regionally accredited undergraduate distance learning
degree programs from Florida's Saint Leo College. MBA and BA courses begin
every eight weeks. For more information visit www.universityalliance.com/pr
or call 1-888-622-7344. Media request extension 384.
SOURCE University Alliance