Project Management Graduate Students Win GGU & American Society for Quality® Scholarships For Research Papers

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(left to right): Anna Noel, John Sourial, ASQ® San Francisco Secretary, and Ms. Hui-ling (Yoko) Ling

Each year, a few GGU student award-winners have the opportunity to present their research on quality and process improvement to industry professionals belonging to ASQ (The American Society for Quality) and earn tuition scholarships in the process. This opportunity is thanks to the sponsorship of GGU Quality Management Professor Shinmei  Kiyohara.

Anna Noel (MS, Project Management candidate) described how a Six Sigma approach to Quality Management was successfully applied to improve nursing-staff performance in a Dallas, TX area hospital. The Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) approach was also used and successfully addressed upper management’s goals for the 600-bed facility. As a result, a key medical procedure was reduced from 43 to 30 minutes, an adjustment to the shift-change procedure resulted in adequate staffing — and nurses enjoyed that they did not have to walk as far during their shifts.

Hui-ling (Yoko) Ling’s (MS, Project Management candidate) winning paper, “Improving Production with DMAIC Case Analysis,” describes a company with long-standing delivery-time issues. In her presentation, Ling outlined a case study about the company’s long throughput time (TPT) and the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology used to improve the TPT process.

“I’m proud of these students’ accomplishments.” Says Marie Spark, MBA, PMP®, Project Management Program Director & Lecturer.” To me, Golden Gate University is all about providing our students with hands-on experience and the chance to share knowledge with industry professionals. “

Applying Six Sigma & DMAIC to Healthcare Procedures
A list of papers and reports from Anna Noel, a scholarship winner.

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Institute, Inc.

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Golden Gate University Ranked #1 in US for Adult Learners for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly ranks Golden Gate University America’s #1 School for Adult Learners in its annual College Guide and Rankings.

How GGU Was Chosen

To compile the rankings, Washington Monthly reviewed data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, the department’s new College Scorecard database and the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.

The metrics that determined GGU’s rating include:

  • ease of transfer/enrollment
  • flexibility of programs
  • services available for adult learners
  • percent of adult students (age 25+)
  • mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college
  • loan repayment of adult students five years after entering repayment
  • tuition and fees for in-district students

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Video: Why Go to Business School in San Francisco?

Golden Gate University is located in downtown San Francisco in the heart of the Financial District. In this video, Dr. Gordon Swartz, Dean of GGU’s Ageno School of Business, reflects on the city’s reputation and position in the business world.

Dr. Swartz’s holds a DBA from Harvard University and has extensive and varied experience that combines business school teaching, research, and administration — with strategy consulting and development of high-growth organizations. As vice president of MarketBridge, Inc., he led major marketing, sales strategy, and transformation efforts for Fortune Global 500 companies.

Getting an MBA degree at GGU in San Francisco, specifically in the “FiDi”, gives students access to a wealth of expert working faculty and networking opportunities in major business areas such as finance, accounting, taxation, marketing, project management, and IT management. Throughout its 115-year history, Golden Gate University has become an integral part of the San Francisco business world — with over 16,000 alumni residing in the San Francisco Bay Area alone.

GGU Project Management Students Chosen for “Next Generation Leaders” Delegation

A group of Golden Gate University Project Management master’s degree program students was chosen to represent San Francisco as part of a delegation of “Next Generation Leaders” at the Western region Project Management Institute (PMI) conference. The honorees at the conference were Batchimeg Shagdarguntev, Kadri Rexha, Ramya Krishnamoorthy, and Seifeddine Mejri. The students earned this opportunity through many hours of hard work on behalf of the PMI San Francisco chapter. For example, students were entirely responsible for planning and running the 2016 annual general meeting for the chapter — including food and logistics at an Oakland A’s game.

Delegation members (left to right): Seifeddine Mejri, Batchimeg Shagdarguntev, Ramya Krishnamoorthy, and Kadri Rexha. Photo by Michael Rey Sumiquial.

The PMI – the global professional organization for project managers – held the regional conference in Yosemite National Park in March, which afforded PMI leaders from across the West to network and share ideas. GGU students had the chance to meet seasoned project management professionals from as far away as Hawaii. The Yosemite location allowed for unique sightseeing, which was a special treat for the international student group.

I am very proud of the tremendous positive feedback that I receive from the project management community about the students’ work. From website support to school outreach to event coordination, GGU students have impressed PMI with their skills and commitment. It’s a winning partnership.

Marie Spark, MBA, PMP®
Project Management Program Director & Lecturer

PMI SF Chapter CEO, Nathan Mellin describes the GGU students’ work as “stellar” and appreciates the commitment and support that the students provide to the all-volunteer professional organization. Mellin noted that of all the chapters, the San Francisco group had the most geographically diverse group, with students from all over the globe.

The delegation would also like to recognize Daniela Perez for her involvement in PMI volunteer activities.

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Webinar: Project Management 101

Does your job require you to meet tough deadlines but all you do is put out fires? Have you felt that there “must be a better way” to do things and stay ahead of the curve? The better way is Project Management: a growing field that is projected to yield as many as 11 million jobs in the U.S. by 2020.

To learn the basics of Project Management, we invite you to join us for the Project Management 101 webinar next Tuesday (4/11) from Noon to 1 PM. The webinar will be presented by Marie Spark, who has more than 15 years of project and quality management experience in the technology, banking, and nonprofit sectors.  She also serves as Project Management Program Director at Golden Gate University.


Ageno Welcomes New Project Management Program Director, Marie Spark

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business is home to over a dozen graduate business  degree programs and certificates that have led many to find career success.  On August 1st, Marie Spark, an adjunct faculty member since 2015, was appointed Project Management Program Director. The program includes an MS in Project Management and a Certificate in Project Management.

A total of 15.7 million PM jobs will be added in the U.S. and our 10 major trading partners by 2020 (AEG)

Spark brings more than 20 years of experience to the table in the area of project and quality management within the technology sector. She spent the beginning of her career at IBM Global Services as a Technology Project Manager before having a successful 9 year career at Bank of America. Spark’s educational background includes a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, a Six Sigma Black Belt, a project management certification and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

Marie Spark
Marie Spark

To learn more about our project management program, visit our website for more information.

Summer ’16: 3 Courses You Must Experience

This summer, don’t just take a course for credits, but to maximize your GGU experience. There are 3 courses in finance, information technology and operations that offer skills applicable to your ideal career. We encourage you to take these courses in the upcoming trimester to take advantage of smaller classrooms, complete your program at a faster pace or if you seek to utilize open enrollment.

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FI 305: Financial Reporting and Analysis

Take this course to improve your understanding of accounting as an information system that helps users make good business decisions. Topics include:

  • Accounting principles
  • Examination of the balance sheet
  • Income statement and statement of cash flows
  • Application of the various quantitative techniques such as ratio analysis
  • Equity valuation methods

If you find this course interesting, you are welcome to join our MS in Financial Planning Webinar Thursday, April 28th @ noon to learn more about our MS in Financial Planning curriculum, application process and to apply free.

IT 300: Managing Information Technologies in the Business Enterprise

This online course provides an introduction to the business knowledge and management skills necessary for leadership roles in IT departments.  Students will also be introduced to:

  • Emerging technologies such as cloud computing
  • Network computing
  • Social media

OP 303: Operations Management

Explore the theory and practice of managing innovation and technology and their role in competitive business situations. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Technology planning
  • Development and acquisition
  • Managing the technically-oriented business functions

Are you ready to register? If you are not a student, join our MS in Project Management Webinar Wednesday, April 27th @ noon for details and an application fee waiver code.

Act today! Classes begin May 1st!