On February 2, Temple University’s Liacouras Center was buzzing with excitement for the Fox School of Business and School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management winter graduation ceremony, where over 500 undergraduate and graduate degrees were conferred.
The keynote speaker was Lori Bush, MBA ’85. Following her position as the president of Nu Skin, the personal care brand, Bush served as the CEO and president of skin care company Rodan + Fields until her retirement in 2016.
In her speech, Bush, the author of a best-selling wellness book titled Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change, detailed how she achieved great things in her career by being scrappy, leveraging her strategic training, and pushing the limits of business with limited resources. She advised the new graduates to look at the small moments of everyday life through a business lens, as this can lead to meaningful, career-changing insights.
“Everything is business,” said Bush. “You have to take inspiration from everyday life—then just add business principles and stir.”
The student speaker was Beatrice Raccanello Esq., MBA ’17. Raccanello, a native of Italy, earned her law degree from Bocconi University in Milan, and then relocated to Philadelphia to earn her Master of Laws from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. While working full-time for the Beasley School, as the assistant director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs, Raccanello enrolled in the Fox School’s Part-Time MBA program.
Raccannello spoke about how she was initially afraid to move to an unfamiliar country, but that her experiences as an international student ultimately molded her into a bolder leader. She found strength and inspiration by working with other exceptional students in the Part-Time MBA program who, like her, had full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and other life commitments.
“We became better leaders,” she said, noting how beneficial it was to work with students who brought diverse backgrounds and professional perspectives to the classroom. “We were able to collaborate to pursue our dreams.”
The Online BBA at Fox moved up to No. 2, according to U.S. News
For the third straight year, the top spot belongs to Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Fox School’s Online MBA program No. 1 in the nation, according to the publication’s 2017 ranking of the best online MBA programs, which was released Jan. 10. Fox’s Online MBA again received a perfect score of 100, and has earned the No. 1 ranking by U.S. News each year since 2015.
U.S. News also ranked the Fox Online Bachelor of Business Administration program, which climbed four places to reach No. 2 in the nation – its highest ranking in program history.
“When we launched the Online MBA program in 2009 and the Online BBA in 2012, we chose to build our digital-learning model from the inside out,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business. “We hired video editors, instructional designers, and everyone in between to comprise our Online & Digital Learning team. Our team has embraced the Fox School’s mission to deliver the same top-ranked MBA and BBA programs across a consistent, user-friendly, online format. We admit the same quality of students, apply the same rigor, and utilize the same award-winning faculty. The results speak for themselves, and it is an honor that our online programs have been recognized by U.S. News as the benchmark for others in the United States.”
U.S. News scores online business programs based upon student engagement; peer reputation; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and admissions selectivity.
Flexibility is a key component to the Fox Online MBA. The program features what Fox has coined “a curriculum carousel,” which offers multiple entry points throughout the calendar year. Students can pursue the degree at their pace, and can register for one or up to three courses per semester. Each course is delivered one at a time over four weeks, and the program can be completed in as quickly as 20 months.
“Our programs meet the needs of today’s busy professional,” said Dr. Darin Kapanjie, Academic Director of the Fox Online MBA and Online BBA programs. “Our MBA students, for example, enroll with an average of 12 years professional experience, which is something unique to Fox’s program. With that experience, we know our students are juggling both professional and personal responsibilities. At the same time, they want a rigorous and collaborative program.”
The Fox Online MBA, the only Greater Philadelphia-based program to have been ranked among U.S. News’ top 50, opens with a weeklong residency at Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. The residency features a leadership course, networking, team building, professional development and special events.
From there, each subsequent online course employs a flipped-classroom approach, a 24/7, on-demand format that allows students to complete readings and academic videos at their pace and collaborate with their peers and professors through digital dialogue. Then, in an integrated online classroom setting, they are able to put what they have learned into practice. They can do so through Fox’s Video Vault, a collection of more than 2,000 academic videos produced by Fox faculty, a searchable archive of HD-quality, mobile-friendly, transcribed videos produced by Fox faculty.
The same technological support, award-winning faculty, educational prestige, and career development resources are available to students enrolled in Fox’s Online BBA program. Launched in 2012, the program’s ascension to No. 2 in U.S. News’ national rankings marks its highest in program history.
“Technology, innovation, and collaboration are pillars of the Fox online programs,” Kapanjie said. “We’ll stay on top if we continue to recruit top-notch students and work together as a team to provide the elite curriculum to our online population.”
“I’m being honest when I say this: It’s one of the hardest and one of the most-rewarding things I have ever done. As a surgeon, I know what I do for a living. Getting an MBA helps you figure out why you do what you do, and you’re able to do it better.”
Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, Fox MBA ‘15
Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University
President, Rothman Institute
“The program constantly pushed and challenged me, encouraged my professional growth, and allowed me to complete the degree in a timeframe that worked for me and my family.”
Abby Guido, Fox MBA ‘16
Founder and Owner, Abby Ryan Design
Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design, Tyler School of Art at Temple University
“The convenience of online delivery sacrifices nothing in terms of the program’s rigor, instruction, and overall experience, which the No. 1 national ranking clearly reflects. The program gave me the knowledge and the confidence needed to grow in my career, while also pursuing several entrepreneurial ventures.”
Chris Lentz, Fox MBA ‘16
Associate Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, Princeton University
For the second straight year, the Online MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The Fox Online MBA earned another perfect score of 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 ranking of the country’s best online MBA programs. This year, Fox’s program holds sole possession of the top spot, after having shared the honor in 2015 with the University of North Carolina and Indiana University.
In the same U.S. News ranking report, Fox’s Online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program received a No. 6 national ranking, jumping 25 spots to earn the highest ranking in program history.
U.S. News scored online MBA and BBA programs based upon student engagement; peer reputation; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. MBA programs were additionally scored for admissions selectivity.
“The Fox Online MBA and BBA programs connect cutting-edge technology and accredited, high-impact curriculum with an internationally recognized faculty to foster a dynamic learning community,” said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat. “It is with great pride that U.S. News & World Report has awarded our Online MBA program a No. 1 ranking for a second consecutive year, and also ranked our Online BBA among the nation’s best. These recognitions speak to the work of our Online and Digital Learning team, which delivers the best advancements in technology to a quality, online-format education.”
In the Fox Online MBA program, which first launched in Fall 2009, students benefit from a flexible curriculum carousel with multiple entry points. The Fox School’s Online MBA program opens with a weeklong residency at Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. The residency features a leadership course, networking, team building, professional development and special events. Each subsequent online course is delivered one at a time over four weeks, and the program can be completed in as quickly as 20 months.
The program employs a flipped-classroom approach, a 24/7, on-demand format that allows students to learn content at their leisure and collaborate with their peers and professors through digital dialogue. Then, in an integrated, synchronous online classroom setting, they are able to put what they have learned into practice.
Fox School’s Video Vault, a collection of more than 1,800 academic videos produced by Fox faculty, is a vital resource of the program, said Dr. Darin Kapanjie, the Academic Director of the Fox School Online MBA and BBA programs. The Video Vault features a searchable archive with HD-quality, mobile-friendly, transcribed videos that are engaging for the student.
The same technological support, award-winning faculty, educational prestige, and career development resources are available to students enrolled in Fox’s Online BBA program. Launched in 2012, the program’s No. 6 national ranking by U.S. News – its highest in program history – marks a 25-spot improvement from last year.
“These rankings by U.S. News & World Report would not have been possible without Fox’s commitment to providing exceptional online education within a dynamic and flexible learning environment,” Kapanjie said. “Our support staff, which includes instructional designers, video production specialists, and tech support, deliver invaluable resources to the school that make possible our Fox Video Vault and so much more. The reputation of our online programs at Fox is on the rise, and we couldn’t be more proud.”
Merit scholarships are available, as are scholarship-incentive programs for Temple alumni and for corporate partners that have two or more employees simultaneously enrolled in the Fox Online MBA program. Financial aid counseling, professional development, and career counseling are offered to all students, and the Fox School and Temple University support the Yellow Ribbon Program for military personnel and veterans. In 2015, U.S. News ranked Fox’s Online MBA program the best in the nation for military veterans.