Expanded curriculum helps local employers

Lynn University meets market demand for careers in high-growth industries.

Students at Lynn walk out of the IBC where they take classes to expand their careers.

In fall 2018, Lynn expanded its already diversified academic catalog to add majors that help prepare students for careers that contribute to economic growth in the community.

Forbes recently named West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach the 12th fastest growing metropolitan division in the U.S., with 7.37 percent projected wage growth in 2018.

Lynn’s own market research found several areas where the university can help fill growing employment demand.

"We wanted to give working professionals in the community a voice," said Steve Pruitt, director of graduate and online admission. "It was important for us to know what they needed to achieve their career goals."

Students work together in the cybersecurity program.

To find out, Lynn commissioned a study to determine the needs of local employers and the career interests of college-bound high school students and adults. The study included a gap analysis, which compared job openings to the number of college graduates who earned degrees related to those occupations. Researchers also analyzed enrollment funnel data to identify under- and over-enrolled programs and trends in degrees to evaluate demand and market share.

The research showed significant five-year growth in several areas, including healthcare administration and computer sciences. In response, new programs were developed, including five undergraduate majors, one graduate program and eight graduate certificates for the College of Business and Management.

"I am thrilled that we can continue to expand our academic offerings in response to the interests of students and needs of the business community," said Dr. RT Good, dean, College of Business and Management.

“I am thrilled that we can continue to expand our academic offerings ...”

RT Good, dean, College of Business and Management

The new programs include two computer sciences majors in cybersecurity and data analytics and a healthcare management program that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a graduate-level certificate.

The curriculum committee also added other graduate-level certificates to complement existing MBA programs. The certificates allow students to accomplish their career goals without committing to a full-time graduate program. Those who complete their certificate can also use the credits they've earned toward a future graduate degree.

"With these program additions, we are creating the stackable credentials that help students meet their lifelong professional development goals," Good said.

Plus, new certificate offerings

Lynn also added graduate certificates that enhance career objectives in popular industries:

  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Financial valuation and investment management
  • Healthcare management
  • Hospitality management
  • Human resources management
  • International business management
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
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