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Innovative Business Degrees Launching Next Fall in Mississauga and Brampton

November 05, 2013

Sheridan announces five new business degrees

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2013
Mississauga, Ontario

Sheridan College announces the launch of five innovative, four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management. The first class of students will begin their studies in September, 2014.  For more information on the degrees visit:  http://www.sheridancollege.ca/announce/new-business-degrees.aspx

Answering the Growing Demand for Business Education

“In the GTA, there is an estimated need for 40,000-75,000 spaces for undergraduate university students,” notes Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President & CEO of Sheridan College.  “Demand for business education is particularly strong given the large scale retirements of baby boomers from the professional workforce and the fact that business programs at traditional universities are running at capacity.”  Peel and Halton Regions also face the additional challenges of having some of Canada’s fastest growing communities, which further drives demand for business education.

Integrated, Reflective and Real-World Learning

“The first two years of the new BBA degrees will be common, in order to provide a solid grounding in business fundamentals,” explains Sylvia Lowndes, Dean of the Faculty of Business.  In addition to choosing one of the five areas of specialization, students are able to select one of three inter-disciplinary options -- International Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability. “This will build their capacity to respond to new situations in a rapidly changing world and help them succeed personally and professionally in ways that better society.” 

“The new degrees also feature an innovative educational approach that guides the students through critical thinking, awareness, and evaluation of processes, in order to  draw and articulate defensible conclusions,” adds Lowndes. “In their final year students must also complete a community based Integrated Industry Project or Research Thesis. In parallel with their academic studies, students develop a Creative Learning Portfolio which fosters self-awareness, reflective practice and an open mindset through the integration of activities.” 

Building on Success 

The five new degrees will build on the proven success of Sheridan’s BBA Degree in Global Business Management and Sheridan’s Advanced Business Administration Diplomas and Business Graduate Certificate Programs.  Graduates of existing two year business diplomas and three year advanced business diploma programs at Sheridan and other Ontario colleges will be eligible for advanced standing in these programs. This will open an important pathway for students who previously may have felt that a degree credential was out of reach.  By 2017, Sheridan expects to have 1,100 BBA students registered in all five BBA degree programs. 

About Sheridan 

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the Faculty of Business across Sheridan’s three campuses. The Faculty of Business has recently been accepted for membership by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the U.S.-based international management accreditation body. Sheridan’s business graduates are well positioned for career success in marketing, advertising, accounting, finance, travel and tourism, project management, human resources, and international business. 

For more information or to arrange interview opportunities, please contact:

Christine Szustaczek, Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations
 
Tel: 905-815-4169 

Email: christine.szustaczek@sheridancollege.ca