We welcomed Cheryl Noll, PhD, to talk to us about South University and the College of Business on Wednesday morning.  Dr. Noll has a PhD from Ohio State University and came to South University in 2013 after a distinguished academic career at Eastern Illinois University.  Dr. Noll has published numerous professional journal articles throughout her career and currently serves as a Program Reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
 
Dr. Noll told us in detail of the history of what is now South University, of its expansion over the past twenty years, its education philosophy, its accreditation, and its current programs in Savannah and its other campuses. The mission of South University is to offer educational opportunities, foster critical thinking, and to make educational challenges to students in a learning environment. South University began as Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah in 1899. It was acquired by the family of Chancellor John Smith III in 1974, and in the years 1974 – 2003 it expanded to campuses in West Palm Beach and Montgomery Alabama. Subsequent expansions have continued to the present day, so that now South University has campuses in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Between 1985 and 2002 the University received accreditation for bachelor’s degrees, then masters degrees, and then for doctorates. In 2003 the College of Pharmacy was established, in 2004 on-line academic programs started, in 2010 the College of Creative Art and Design was established, followed by a College of Theology in 2013.

Enrollment is 17,900 students, of whom 54% are fully on-line (Reported Fall 2015). The average age is 34 years and 79% are female. The University takes pride in offering educational opportunities to the military and their families. After showing us photographs of the different campuses of the University in various locations – all picturesque and delightful – Dr. Noll went on to talk about the College of Business itself. The following list shows the actual courses and degrees offered in the Business School:
Undergraduate Programs:
Bachelor in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Graduate Programs:
MBA and accelerated MBA
MBA in Healthcare Management and accelerated MBA
Master of Science in Leadership
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science in Information Systems

In 2013, the following courses of the University received programmatic accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP):
BBA and BBA with a specialization in Accounting
BS in Healthcare Management
MBA and MBA in Healthcare Administration

Answering questions, Dr. Noll said the University helps students find employment after graduation at each school location, and help is available from Career Services staff and faculty.

Our President Tom Macek thanked Dr. Noll for her presentation and also thanked South University for hosting the Rotary Speech Contest for grade school students recently.
 
 
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