EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF
Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee
January 20, 2006
Goals 2 and 4
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Board of Regents authorize amendment of the master plan of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York in order for the College of Staten Island (CSI) to offer a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Business Management?
Required by State regulation.
The question will come before the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee at its February 2006 meeting, where it will be voted on and action taken. It will then come before the Full Board at its February meeting for final action.
Master plan amendment is required because this would be the College’s first master degree program in the MPA discipline of Business Management and Administration. At its June 2005 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York, “Resolved, That the Board of Trustees requests that the Board of Regents amend the Master Plan of the College of Staten Island so as to permit the College to offer … a program in Business Management leading to the Master of Science degree.” The Department received CUNY’s request on June 30, 2005.
proposed that the
The CUNY Trustees are authorized to award at CSI the degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), and Master of Science in Education (M.S. in Ed.).
The Department has determined that the proposed M.S. program in Business Management meets the standards for registration set forth in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
recommended that the Board authorize the amendment of the master plan of the
Board of Trustees of The City University of New York authorizing the
The College of Staten Island (CSI) offers an undergraduate program under the MPA discipline of Business and Commerce, General. Business is the College’s most heavily enrolled undergraduate major with business majors earning more than 25 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded over the last five years. The proposed program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Business Management is designed for a broad spectrum of students with undergraduate degrees in business and related fields. It is focused on the development of strategic management skills and is designed for current or aspiring middle managers that wish to enhance their knowledge, study advanced analytical methods, and acquire experience with new technologies. Graduate-level education has expanded at the College within the past several years in accordance with the organization’s strategic plan for 2001-2006. A master’s degree in business management is a natural progression in the College’s development.
Students in the proposed program will complete 30 credit hours, or ten courses at three credits each, at the graduate level. With prerequisites in business and quantitative areas satisfied, all students are required to take four core courses in management, marketing, and finance. The course sequence will be followed by four advanced courses focusing on management and decision-making topics including leadership, human resource management, and global business strategy. One of the four advanced courses is the capstone course, Managerial Decision-Making and Applications. Students will also be required to select two electives from more specialized offerings in accounting, marketing, and finance.
Applicants to the proposed program must have a baccalaureate degree in accounting, business, or a related field from an accredited institution, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and achieve a minimum score of 550 on the GMAT. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees from non-English speaking colleges and universities must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based version or 250 on the electronic version of the TOEFL examination. Additionally, applicants must provide two letters of recommendation.
The College projects 30 students in the entering cohort, growing to approximately 100 students by 2009. Conservative enrollment assumptions were based, in part, on a survey used to develop the enrollment projections.
Projected expenditures for the program are $172,799 for Year One of the program increasing to $275,380 in Year Five, including faculty and staff costs. The overall projection allocates $5,000 per year to increase library holdings for the program and $14,500 over the five-year period for new equipment purchases. The College projects revenue related to the proposed program of $134,500 for Year One, increasing to $362,250 in Year Five. The program will require the use of a “smart” classroom for classes in accounting, information systems, and marketing.
All faculty listed for the proposed program have doctoral degrees in their respective fields.
The College reports that there is evidence
of strong demand for the proposed program among potential students and that the
business community has come forward with considerable formal support for the
proposed master’s program.
CSI is the only public institution of higher education in the
With respect to cost, 73 percent of the 289
respondents indicated that reasonable tuition was either “very important” or
“somewhat important” to them.
Private educational institutions on
The master’s degree program in Business
Management addresses Staten Island’s and the region’s workforce needs by
providing advanced managerial competency for employees of the larger employers
and small businesses that dominate Staten Island and the employees of large
corporations in Manhattan and New Jersey.
According to the 2000 census, Staten Island’s population is over 450,000
and is growing faster than other areas of
A canvass was conducted of institutions of higher education in the