We continue to progress on our unique path to raising excellence at the Lerner College through the strategies outlined in our “Way Forward.” I am pleased to report that the 2013-2014 academic year was filled with accomplishments across all areas of strategic
importance to the college.
Our students are daring to be first in all they do, from winning the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge 2013, an annual national case competition with nearly 600 entrants, to operating the “Moo Mobile,” an ice cream truck partnership between our Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and the UDairy Creamery. Our faculty are making research discoveries in a variety of fields, from Meryl Gardner’s publication in the Journal of Consumer Psychology on how moods impact our eating habits, to John D’Arcy’s work on cybersecurity and stress in the workplace, forthcoming in a Journal of Management Information Systems article.
We’re also taking risks and charting new territory in our course delivery. Our online MBA has seen early success and is now serving over 150 students without adding to their commute time or affecting their regular work hours. The degree, which can be completed in as few as 16 months, offers personalized attention and career coaching as hallmarks of the program. Our new doctorate in Financial Services Analytics, conceptualized in conjunction with JPMorgan Chase and offered jointly with UD’s College of Engineering, will give students the knowledge and tools to succeed in the big-data world we live in. And while we at UD are developing the multidisciplinary academic requirements, standards and programs, generous financial backing from JPMorgan Chase has helped make this unique program possible.
Your support is also helping us navigate the complexities of operating a business school in a competitive global setting. We remain grateful for your gifts, which ensure we can deliver financial aid to students; pay for business and financial databases for our learning laboratories; and support student activities and programming. We also value your time, like those of you who participate in our Executive Mentors Scholars Program, which connects students with business executives and helps them discover life in industry.
We continue to explore opportunities to strengthen our relationships with local and global businesses, and to bring outstanding thought leaders to campus to interact with our students and faculty. I invite you to remain engaged with us and help others discover all that we are doing at the Lerner College.