Zachary MacFarlane discusses the benefits of migrating to Canvas.
Thirty years ago, CSU became the first university in the country to offer scholarships to first generation students. Today, that program - and its legacy - lives on.
Colorado State University recently launched its online Bachelor of Arts in Economics to provide undergraduate students a solid understanding of how to interpret data, policy, and research to inform decisions. The degree is designed to take students beyond math and finance, into an understanding of how economics affect everyday life. Preparing industry leaders Offered through the College of Liberal Arts, our economics degree prepares individuals to think more broadly and critically through a blended curriculum that merges technical knowledge with an understanding of how human behavior influences economic systems. As a university, we believe it is important to equip students with a wide range of perspectives so they are able to analyze complex problems from multiple angles – a valuable skill in today’s rapidly changing global marketplace. Creating career paths “Economics is a truly interesting and important subject that opens many doors in business, law, government and academia,” explained Dr. Steven Shulman, economics professor and chair. “A degree in economics sends employers a signal that you understand how the economy works, that you have useful quantitative and analytical skills, and that you are intellectually ambitious.” The economy dominates the future of every business. Those with the power to understand it, interpret its impact, and make informed decisions and predictions based on it can create a future for themselves in any industry. Examples include:
Colorado State University students aren’t just in Fort Collins. In fact, thousands of current students live all over the nation and the world. Tracy Wang is an applied statistics master’s student who lives in Seattle in her own laboratory — an ex-Army steel tugboat converted into a net-zero energy home. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/embed/EWLxu9xumxE[/embed] CSU’s online programs make it possible for those not able to come to campus to enroll in the University’s programs, study with faculty, and earn the same degree as on-campus students. Learn more about CSU’s online programs at http://online.colostate.edu.
Ski season may be wrapping up, but snow lovers don't have to hang up their love of the sport just yet. [caption id="attachment_14395" align="alignright" width="300"] The CSU Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate can be completed in eight weeks.[/caption] Colorado State University is now offering an online Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate of Completion for students who find their calling on the mountain and are looking to make a career on the slopes. The online certificate is offered through CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Industry Experts Help Define Curriculum Each course within the ski area management certificate is an eight-week accelerated program of study that incorporates relevant industry knowledge and best practices, as provided by CSU faculty and ski area managers. Such industry collaboration ensures that this program meets current and future industry needs by equipping students with the ability to: • Make strategic management decisions • Assess the impact of policy on ski areas • Make informed capital budgeting decisions • Improve managerial and operational efficiency and effectiveness • Communicate professionally and effectively • Critically examine the future of the industry • Employ sound financial practices • Develop positive stakeholder relationships • Balance the priorities and demands of operating within a pristine alpine environment [caption id="attachment_14394" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Ski Area Management Graduate certificate is a program of the Warner College of Natural Resources, and is offered completely online.[/caption] “The ski area management program curriculum can be of great value—not only to the individuals who are choosing to participate, but also to the industry. It’s great to have young people come into our organizations who not only have this understanding of managing what is ultimately a natural resource, but it’s also terrific to [complement that] with the business acumen that can be developed through the program,” said Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Positions Students for Career Opportunity CSU’s new certificate prepares students with the necessary knowledge to take advantage of the ski industry’s current landscape. Skier participation is on the rise, and ski areas are generating more revenue than ever before. The industry is also undergoing a generational shift, with many senior level managers looking to retire in the coming years. This provides significant opportunities for hard-working and forward-thinking individuals to turn their passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle into a rewarding, lifelong career. “The ski area management program definitely provides a unique advantage to students coming out of the program that are looking to enter into the industry, just because it provides that holistic view of the business. Graduates will come out, not only with some deep expertise or concentration or passion, but in addition they’ll have a great understanding of the overall workings of the industry and resorts,” said Mark Gasta, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Vail Resorts. Those interested in the program can contact our Student Success Team with any questions, 970-492-4898. More information about the certificate can be found at http://www.online.colostate.edu/certificates/ski-area-management/.
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[caption id="attachment_13153" align="alignright" width="281"] Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper highlights Colorado’s rise and prominence as an agricultural producer.[/caption] “If you eat, you are a part of agriculture.” This theme, and many others similar to it, were echoed at Colorado State University’s “Advancing the Agriculture Economy Through Innovation” summit held at the Lory Student Center, March 18-20. Over 400 individuals attended the summit, co-presented by CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of Engagement, as sponsors, panelists, and attendees. Leaders and innovators Day one of the summit saw 21 agricultural leaders and industry innovators assembled at a leadership roundtable where they discussed issues such as meeting increased demand for food and educating consumers as to where their food comes from. The day ended with master class seminars focused on big data and climate smart agriculture that were delivered to standing-room only audiences. The second day of the summit began with introductory remarks from CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Craig Beyrouty who outlined some of the global challenges facing agriculture including reducing food waste, ensuring nutritional security, and making optimal use of the land. [caption id="attachment_13156" align="alignright" width="300"] Denver Mayor Michael Hancock discusses the strong partnership between the City and CSU.[/caption] Importance of agriculture CSU President and Interim Chancellor Tony Frank emphasized the importance of agriculture to Colorado’s economy, and that the summit was an opportunity to anticipate the future of agriculture, a future that will be impacted by CSU research and outreach. The audience also heard from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Hancock emphasized CSU’s strong partnership with the city of Denver highlighting the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show complex as an example, while Hickenlooper noted Colorado’s rise and prominence as an agricultural producer, third only to Texas (five times the size of Colorado) and California (seven times the state of Colorado). The future [caption id="attachment_13157" align="alignright" width="276"] CSU President Tony Frank highlights the importance of agriculture in Colorado.[/caption] Moderated conversations figured prominently over the remainder of the summit as industry leaders discussed how their businesses have changed and what they see as agriculture’s future in the areas of: