EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee
College: Master Plan Amendment to authorize a Bachelor of Business
Administration (B.B.A.) in Health Services Management at the main campus
in Manhattan and at the branch campus in White Plains.
Goals 2 and 4
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Regents approve the amendment
of the master plan of Berkeley College in order to offer a Bachelor of
Business Administration (B.B.A) program in Health Services Management at its
main and branch campus?
Reason for Consideration
Required by state regulation.
This question will come
before the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee at its September
2006 meeting where it will be voted on and action taken. It then will come before the full
Board at its September meeting for final action.
amendment is required because this would be the first bachelor degree program in
the disciplinary area of Health Professions at its main campus in Manhattan and at its branch campus in White Plains.
Berkeley College’s two New York State campuses have registered programs in
a wide variety of business areas leading to B.B.A., A.A.S., and A.S. degrees.
The College’s campuses in New York
State and New Jersey are accredited
by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools. The proposed B.B.A. program in Health Services Management
would be the College’s first baccalaureate degree program in the area of Health
Professions at each of the two New
The Department has determined that the proposed
program, if approved, would meet the standards for registration set forth in the
Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
It is recommended that the master plan of
Berkeley College be amended, effective September 12, 2006, to
authorize the College to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
program in Health Services Management at its main campus in Manhattan and at its branch campus in White Plains. This amendment will be effective until
September 30, 2007, unless the Department registers the programs prior to that
date, in which case master plan amendment shall be without term.
Information in Support of
The proposed program
requires 120 credits including courses in Introduction to Health
Services, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Services, Health Services
Management I and II, Computer Applications in Health Services, Research Methods
for Health Services, Health Services Finance, Issues in Contemporary Health
Services Management, and two Internships. The curriculum also has solid business
and technology components.
institutional planning process that considered employer demand and emerging
career opportunities led to the development of the proposed B.B.A. program in
Health Services Management. Members
of the Advisory Board who assisted with program development have indicated that
professional opportunities will be readily available for graduates. The Department of Labor projects a 29.3
percent growth in employment for medical and health service managers by
2012. An increase of almost 24
percent is projected for the Hudson Valley region. An increase of 18 percent
is projected for the New York
from high school or its equivalent and satisfactory scores on an entrance
examination, ACT or SAT, are required for admission. Berkeley serves a diverse
student population. Since Berkeley will maintain the
same admission standards for the programs, it expects the demographic profile of
students at each location to remain approximately the same. At each location, Berkeley expects to enroll
25 students in the proposed B.B.A. program in Health Services Management in the
first year of operation.
Eighty-five students will be enrolled in the fifth year. More than 80 percent of the students
will be enrolled full-time.
Berkeley has employed two new full-time faculty members for
the proposed program in New York
holds a doctorate in Public Policy with a specialization in Health Policy; the
other, a registered nurse, has earned a J.D. The College has also hired two new
full-time faculty members for the program in Westchester County. One holds a doctorate, a J.D. and an
LL.M.; the other has an M.B.A. with a specialization in Health Care
Finance. The faculty members at
both campuses have significant professional experience in the health services
Berkeley College’s facilities include “smart” classrooms and
laboratories equipped with more than 300 computers at the main campus and more
than 120 at the Westchester campus. The
library, academic support center, offices and lounge spaces are well maintained
and handicapped accessible.
Operating budgets will support library and software acquisitions to
support the program.
A canvass was conducted of colleges and universities in the New York City and mid-Hudson regions of New York State. Ten colleges responded. Four
offered support for the proposed programs. The other six stated the programs
would have no impact on their institutions.