Leventhal to offer new online degree programs

first_imgThe Leventhal School of Accounting announced this week that it would be introducing a new online Master of Business Taxation for Working Professionals program.Shirley Maxey, the associate dean and director of the Leventhal master’s programs, said the program will aim to increase flexibility for students without compromising quality.Cyber School · The online graduate program will provide busy students, some of whom work full-time, to complete their work from home. — File Photo | Daily Trojan“We feel very strongly that this program has to be great,” Maxey said. “It can’t be just canned lectures. It has to be as great as our current reputation. We were very careful in going forward with not just putting the professor in front of the camera and having students watch [the video].”Leventhal’s program shows a growing focus at USC for online education. In 2011, USC introduced nearly 50 online graduate degree programs that span nine schools. In August 2012, President C. L. Max Nikias announced that he expected to expand online programs to all 18 schools and double online enrollment within five years.The program is slated to debut in fall 2013, pending approval by the Western Association of Schools and College, which accredits all educational programs in California and Hawaii. It will seek to ensure a high level of interaction by capping its first class at 24 students.The leaders will use live video discussion forums in place of a physical classroom and online video chats with professors as a substitute for in-person office hours. In this virtual classroom, the program will present many of the features of traditional courses, including lectures and guest speakers, while expanding the experience by including interactive activities and allowing students to proceed through the material each week at their own pace.Maxey noted that professors could select not to participate in the online program, while participating professors would be assisted in the transition to an online class.“We are offering to have an instructional design specialist work with [the professors] to help them convert existing classes to this format and incorporate all kinds of new techniques and technologies,” Maxey said.The online MBT-Working Professional program will have the same degree requirements and faculty as its on-campus counterpart, which offers 30 units of coursework on taxation. Maxey said she was confident there is a strong market for the program.“Before it was even on the website, we started to get some calls,” Maxey said. “We do think there’s a pretty good-sized market. Most firms ask [employees] to go back and get some graduate education because the field of taxation is so complex.”The existing MBT-Working Professionals program is not intended to be exclusively online. For example there is a video conferencing arrangement with a school in Orange County.For some students, a traditional class could be inconvenient or difficult to attend.“There’s just a tremendous workload for [accountants], particularly for tax people during tax season,” Maxey said. “These folks are working full-time and jumping in their cars and driving to campus for a three-hour class.”Marshall and Leventhal undergraduates said an online class in accounting would accomodate their schedules.David Choi, a junior double majoring in accounting and business administration, agreed with the convenience of the online program.“As working can be very time consuming, an online class would be beneficial to working professionals,” Choi said.Still, some students have concerns over the ability of Internet education to replace a traditional in-class experience.Bryan Kim, another junior double majoring in accounting and business administration, said the classroom environment is vital to understanding.“It’s always better to have someone next to you who can physically show you and teach you,” Kim said.However, Troy Patipanavat, a junior majoring in accounting, offered an optimistic perspective.“With a great and charismatic instructor who is willing to be responsive, this online class could definitely replicate an in-class experience,” Patipanavat said. “I think this online program is a fantastic idea.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Alex Wood moves to bullpen still proud of his performance as a starter

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The adjustment to now pitching out of the bullpen is nothing new for Wood and he responded with a world-weary, “Nothing surprises me anymore” when asked his reaction to the news Thursday.“That’s what they felt was the best move going forward with my experience in the bullpen and how we matchup over these last however many games,” Wood said. “It was the best recipe to get us to the postseason. There wasn’t a big argument or anything.“If this were the middle of the year, there might be a different reaction. But at this point, we’ve got one goal in mind. This is the way they feel gives us the best chance going forward. It’s hard not to get on board with that as much as you might disagree with it.”RELIEF RINGERSRelievers Tony Cingrani and John Axford were added to the roster of the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for Game 3 of their California League championship series Friday night. Cingrani, Axford and Yimi Garcia each pitched as the Quakes closed out a sweep of the title series.For Axford, it was be his first game action since Aug. 12 at Coors Field when he was hit in the leg back by a comebacker and suffered a fracture to his right fibula. He retired two batters but gave up a run on a walk, wild pitch and double.Cingrani has been out much longer. He had not pitched in a game since June 6 due to shoulder problems. He pitched a hitless inning, walking one batter and striking out two.“Our hope is to get these guys back,” Roberts said. “We’ll see how it goes.“Obviously these guys want to get back and pitch in some meaningful games here with us. So to get some game action for Rancho, hopefully it goes well and we get them back, yeah.”In Axford’s case, the one rehab appearance could be all he needs before rejoining the Dodgers, Roberts said before Friday’s game. But Roberts acknowledged that Cingrani would need more work to convince the Dodgers his shoulder will hold up.“We’ve got to see more from him,” Roberts said. “It would be more sim games, just making sure, because you’re talking about the shoulder and the stress. It’s a little bit more complex.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 8-5, 3.88 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP John Gant, 7-5, 3.16 ERA), Saturday, 10:05 a.m., Fox/11Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ST. LOUIS — Being moved to the bullpen might change Alex Wood’s role – but not his confidence.“I always believe when your stuff is where you want it to be, the results will come over the course of the season. I truly do believe that,” Wood said Friday, a day after being told by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts that he was being bumped from the rotation for the final two weeks of the season.“I think there’s only a handful of guys that when they don’t feel good or they get into funks or they don’t feel their stuff isn’t where they want it, they can still go out and pitch and have success. I’m one of those people. There’s not an argument to be made. And this year with what I’ve had, not many people can do that. It’s not like I haven’t put up pretty good numbers this year. That part of it is hard for me, in some sense.”Wood went 8-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 27 starts this season, leading the Dodgers in games started and innings pitched (148) because “I know how to pitch.” But he did it with diminished fastball velocity and much more effort needed to get through innings. His 1.21 WHIP is a big jump from last season (1.06) when he made the All-Star team at midseason and his strikeouts per nine innings (8.0) is the second-lowest of his career behind 2015 (6.6) when he pitched most of the second half with an ankle injury. Wood acknowledges that the quality of his pitch mix this year was not “at the level it’s been at for most of my career.” But he offers no explanation for why that is.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Every year is different. Every year is totally different,” the 27-year-old Wood said.“It’s like if you’re a golfer and you just pipe one right down the middle and it feels so good. Never even felt it hit the club. That’s like throwing a baseball and you’re throwing a fastball down and away. You throw it and it feels so good and it goes right where you want it – I haven’t had that feeling that many times this year. … From that aspect, I’m pretty proud that I’ve had a pretty good year. I definitely think that what we’re looking at is my floor, which is a pretty high floor for a starting pitcher. But it’s something I’m pretty proud of.”After going 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and earning that All-Star selection last season, Wood made a pretty significant change. He pitched exclusively out of the stretch this season. Wood says he doesn’t regret making the change and doesn’t think it had anything to do with a dropoff in the quality of his pitches. But he will wait until the offseason to re-examine and decide if he will continue this way going forward.“I feel I have pretty good knowledge of mechanics,” he said. “Part of the reason I went to the stretch this year was because I felt I would be able to make adjustments easier over the course of the year. I’ve found from trial and error that hasn’t totally been the case. It hasn’t been as easy to make adjustments as I thought.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more