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Chatham University Announces Two New Bachelor Programs for Fall 2015

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University has added a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems (MIS) program and an online, Bachelor of Arts in Infant and Toddler Development Completion Degree (BAITD) program, both commencing in the upcoming fall 2015 semester.

The Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems (MIS) program focuses on both the design and implementation of computer systems while complementing a rigorous foundation in business education. The degree involves instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personal information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, systems analysis and design, e-commerce, digital marketing, and management information systems policy and planning. These topics will allow the development of conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills in computing, relational databases, and web design.

MIS is consistently ranked among career areas with opportunities for growth in terms of salary, is one of the top ten most sought after degrees by employers, and is the top-paid business major at the bachelor’s level according to a NACE Job Outlook 2015 Report.

“From Hollywood to healthcare to the presidential administration, every major organization is being transformed by Big Data, business analytics, and the Internet of Things,” notes Dr. Rachel Chung, Director of Business Programs. “If you are creative and visionary, an MIS education will make you a leader in solving the toughest problems across industries.”

The Bachelor of Arts in Infant and Toddler Development (BAITD) is a fully-online degree that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to benefit young children’s social and emotional skill development. The core courses will build a strong psychology and education foundation, while the specialized courses will allow students to focus on the aspect of developmental training they are interested in. Specialists in early childhood and elementary curriculum, special education, development psychology, social work, infant mental health, early intervention, and early childhood assessment will instruct the courses and will facilitate opportunity for on-site event participation.

Students can take advantage of a 30% tuition discount and the Rising Stars grant that reimburses early care teachers up to $5,000/year. Designed for working adults, this online program also allows students to transfer up to 90 credits previously earned from an accredited two- or four-year college or university or earn credits for prior learning.

The BAITD works within the Big Ideas Framework Assessment, which assesses professional development and certifies individuals to progress in their fields. This includes qualifications to work in environments including early intervention programs and Early Head Start programs.

“Early care educators have the opportunity to influence the architecture of developing brains, to promote healthy development, and to protect very young children against stress,” explains Dr. Robert Gallen, program director. “Our toddler development program is designed to help these teachers achieve optimal impact in their crucial professional roles in building young, healthy brains.”

Both programs have courses listed and open for registration. For more information, please visit www.chatham.edu/ccps/itd/ or www.chatham.edu/academics/programs/undergraduate/business/.

About Chatham University

Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability; and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Report”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. More information at www.chatham.edu.

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