4-year Undergraduate Program Announced

by Press Release-Rutgers-Camden | Jul 1, 2007
4-year Undergraduate Program Announced Beginning in the fall of 2008, the Rutgers School of Business—Camden will welcome its inaugural class of first-year students, marking the transition from a two-year to a four-year program for undergraduates.

Since its inception in 1988, the Rutgers School of Business—Camden has offered an upper-division undergraduate program which allowed students to enroll after they completed two years of prerequisite coursework. While Rutgers-Camden will continue to welcome students who transfer from county colleges in order to earn their Rutgers business degree, the campus soon will provide new high school graduates with a full business immersion experience from their first day as a college student.

“Making this move allows Rutgers to deliver a new educational opportunity at the same level of excellence that students rightfully expect from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,” says Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, undergraduate program director and a professor of marketing at Rutgers-Camden.

The longer program will yield many competitive benefits. The Rutgers School of Business—Camden will be able to offer students greater opportunities for gaining hands-on business experience, developing professional writing skills, and studying abroad, says Kaufman-Scarborough, who also notes that the task force charged with revamping the Rutgers-Camden undergraduate business program looked at the business schools of such institutions as NYU, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Michigan, which just changed from a two-year to a three-year program.

In talking with prospective students and their parents, the task force heard repeatedly that students “want to go to an institution where they can check off business school from day one and get an early start on their business education,” Kaufman-Scarborough says.

As a result, the business school has developed a first-year experience that will provide students with “a context in which to place everything” from the beginning of the fall semester. “We will be able to build connections much more deliberately,” Kaufman-Scarborough says.

“Allowing incoming freshmen to enroll in the Rutgers School of Business is good news. Many high school students today have a clear idea about what they want to major in, so this is a welcome change,” says Bernita Bryant, chair of the business department at Williamstown High School.

“From the moment that they enter Rutgers, our business students are highly focused and motivated,” notes Mitchell P. Koza, dean of the Rutgers School of Business—Camden. “Now, combined with the long-standing excellence our faculty and the high caliber of their instruction, the Rutgers undergraduate business experience offers an option that will serve these exceptional students – as well as their future employers – in fine fashion.

“The addition of the four-year program complements our existing two-year and transfer programs, and offers a full portfolio of options for undergraduate students, reflecting the level of accessibility that Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to delivering.”

For additional information, contact Carol Kaufman-Scarborough at ckaufman@camden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-6592.

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