Truman Institute Begins Professional Development Certification Program

The Truman Institute, in cooperation with the School of Business, will soon offer a new professional development opportunity to working professionals.

The first two courses in the Managerial Foundations Certificate (MFC) give candidates key practical management knowledge. Faculty will offer the courses­­­­—BUS 620G Financial Management and BUS 625G Organizational Behavior and Management—in a condensed eight-week session in April and May to give students a taste of the planned program.

The planned certificate has been proposed for inclusion in Truman’s accreditation relationship with the Higher Learning Commission. This proposal will be reviewed during the spring, with formal action expected by Summer 2011.

Completion of the Managerial Foundations Certificate prepares participants to deal with increased global competitiveness while they manage resources and people more efficiently and effectively. The certificate provides participants with a working knowledge of proven management and leadership techniques combined with sound financial analysis.

Additionally, participants learn foundations of human resource management, conflict management, negotiations, project management and international management by selecting further coursework depending on their current or future career path needs.

Completion of the certificate means participants will have achieved a number of the prerequisites needed to succeed in any master’s of business administration program.

Faculty at Truman designed the certificate for practicing managers who want to update and enhance their managerial skills, or for working professionals who want a management career path within a complex business environment.

The certificate is also appropriate for those who are contemplating enrolling in an MBA program and want to begin by taking some of the graduate prerequisite courses.

The special session represents a major step for the Institute and its offerings.

“Whenever an institution initiates its first fully online program—even if it’s a certificate—the regional accrediting bodies conduct a site visit to make certain the right support services are being provided,” said Kevin Minch, director of the Truman Institute. “The timing of the visit is great because it gives us a chance to let potential students sample some outstanding courses while giving the folks at the Higher Learning Commission a chance to observe what we’re doing with select online learning programs.”

Formal action in Truman’s favor would mean the full certificate program could be available as early as this summer, followed shortly by three other planned certificates.

Truman faculty are currently putting the final touches on the following additional certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Studies, Computer Security and Ada Programming. The University would include these certificates under the accreditation relationship with the Higher Learning Commission.

“If HLC gives us the green light, we’ll be offering all four certificates by Fall 2011 and students will be able to complete any one of them in a calendar year,” Minch said.

Anyone interested in enrolling in Managerial Foundations coursework may contact the Truman Institute at 785.5384, visit the Truman Institute website at or e-mail the Institute at

Interested candidates should submit their application for enrollment in the April special session no later than March 28.
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