Camarillo, Calif., March 21, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) has received approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to launch two new degrees in its two Santa Barbara locations – a bachelor of science in business and a master’s in business administration offered through the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.  The business and MBA programs will both be offered in fall 2011.

William P. Cordeiro, Director of the MVS School of Business & Economics, said, “Now that we have received WASC approvals, we look forward to offering Santa Barbara students these educational opportunities to advance their careers.” 

CI’s business degree completion program will be offered at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and the MBA program will be offered at the Goleta facility sponsored by Cottage Health Systems.

Additionally, a bachelor of science degree in Nursing will also be offered at the Goleta site in spring 2012.

The WASC approval comes as a result of years of planning by CI to fulfill their mandate of serving their entire region including the Santa Barbara community, and embodies the kind of partnership between community colleges and the California State University that is intended at the state-wide level.  SBCC students will for the first time be able to continue their studies in business right on their own campus. 

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