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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mid-Management, A.A.S.

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The Mid-Management program is designed for students who have at least five years of supervisory work experience. The curriculum builds on this work experience by awarding academic credit for both this experience and nontraditional schooling. The remaining degree hours are drawn from general studies and business courses.

Interested students need to contact the department chair who will assign an appropriate advisor/mentor.  The mentor will guide the interested student in determining if they qualify for this program.  Qualified students will need to document their learning with a portfolio which will be evaluated by appropriate faculty members, the Chair and the Dean.  No credit will be awarded until the successful completion and assessment of the Portfolio.

At a minimum, the Portfolio will include:

  • A reflection essay in which the student describes what they did, what they learned and how they applied their knowledge; and
  • Previously approved documented and verifiable evidence from a variety of sources that supports the student’s claim to college level learning.

The completed Portfolio must be submitted two (2) semesters before the student’s plan to graduate.  Simply submitting a portfolio is not a guarantee that credit will be awarded.  Documentation is the key element to verify the educational value of prior experiential learning.  The assessment of the portfolio by faculty, chair and dean measures this learning and helps to demonstrate competence.  The portfolio must demonstrate what is learned, how it was learned and how the student applied that learning.

I. Management Evaluation: 18 Semester Hours

Management Evaluation will be awarded via an appraisal of documented work experience and non-traditional school as described in sections A and B below.

A. Non-Traditional Schooling: 6 Semester Hours

BUSN 2910 Non-Traditional Schooling

This requirement may be completed through any combination of the following means as long as a minimum of 6 semester credit hours is achieved: CLEP examination, USAFI course or test, military service schools, cooperative education, industrial courses, previous professional training, college transfer credit related to management or supervision, additional ACCT, MGMT, ECON, ISDS, MKGT, or FINR courses offered at Southwest, or some of the special course offered by the Corporate Training & Continuing Education Department.


B. Work Experience: 12 Semester Hours

BUSN 2905 Mid Management Specialty Work Experience

To receive work experience credit a student must have served in a supervisory or managerial position for no less than five years. The first three years of experience are considered to be an Apprenticeship. The final two years are considered for award of academic credit. Six credit hours may be awarded for each year (of the final two) of documented supervisory work experience. Students must satisfy this 12-hour requirement prior to graduation. 

Portfolio Assessment cannot be used for courses that duplicate credits you already have.


II. Professional Management Courses: 27 Credits

III. General Education Requirements: 15 Credits

Total Program Credits: 60

This program of study is designed as a terminal degree for a specific career field.

1 Credit awarded for work experience and nontraditional education must be approved by the Business and Legal Studies Department Chairperson and the division Dean.

2 Select a combination of six courses from ECON, FINR, ISDS, MGMT, MKTG, and ACCT.

3 Review General Education pages and/or consult advisor for correct selection.

Note: Cooperative Education courses are available for this major.

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