Starting this fall, master of business administration students who live in Collin County and environs will have the opportunity to take classes closer to home. The UNT College of Business Administration will offer classes each semester at Frisco's Justin Wakeland High School in the Frisco Independent School District.
Randall S. Guttery, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of finance and real estate, spearheaded the move to hold classes in Frisco. He says the university wants to make classes as convenient as possible.
"We did a study with the Department of Geography to see where our MBA students live, and discovered that a large number live in Collin County," says Guttery. "So, we thought, why ask them to come to Denton for classes when we can go to them?"
UNT will offer two classes this fall, accounting and marketing, and two in spring 2008, finance and decision sciences. Guttery says these are core classes that all MBA students take. If the program is successful, additional classes could be offered in the fall 2008. Classes will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings.
College of Business Administration faculty members are excited to offer classes in Frisco.
"I asked for volunteers, and ended up with a waiting list of people who wanted to teach these classes," Guttery says.
Justin Wakeland High School opened in 2006, and is named for UNT alumnus Justin Wakeland, who received master's and doctoral degrees from UNT. He was named Alumni of the Year by the School of Educational Administration in 1988. He was Frisco ISD school superintendent from 1978-1997, when the district was one of the fastest growing in the country.