Oakland University listed among Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs

Oakland University listed among "Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs"
Above and below: Gene Fliedner, DBA, leading an Oakland University Project Management class at the University Center in Auburn Hills on May 6, 2016.

The online publication ValueColleges.com has published its list of the "Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs of 2016" and Oakland University is on the list. 

Oakland's Ranking places it among other leading institutions on the list such as Cal Tech, UC Berkeley and Stanford.

OU's Project Management Program has been an approved program through the Project Management Institute since 2009. The program is currently offered through Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) in collaboration with OU's School of Business.

Gene Fliedner, DBA, director, OU’s Project Management Program, and associate professor, Operations Management in the School of Business Administration said, “We have worked collaboratively and diligently at Oakland to build upon and expand our program and this ranking lends credibility to that work.”

Value College’s report states that Project Management is one of the fastest-growing career tracks in the world today, with growth over the next four years expected to top 19 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for IT Project Management).

Lori Crose, Director of PACE, says  "Certifications are growing in popularity for today's fast-paced professionals; allowing them to achieve high quality, targeted and practical curriculum that is recognized in the workplace.”

Noting that project managers are a commodity in the Detroit region, ValueColleges.com calls Oakland’s five-to-six session, $1,600 Project Management Certificate program, “an affordable way to get in on the action.” ValueColleges.com also observes that the Oakland University School of Business Administration’s AACSB-International accreditation in both business and accounting is “especially notable and a rare distinction.”

“Continued national recognition of our programs is a testament to the high-quality education available at Oakland University,” said Michael A. Mazzeo, dean and professor of finance for the School of Business Administration. “We have a unique collaborative approach offered through our Professional and Continuing Education programs, Pawley Lean Institute and School of Business Administration.”

For this Best Value ranking, ValueColleges.com considered all regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities that offer a Project Management certificate program (more than 150 schools), then measured them by using data gathered from U.S. News & World Report Rankings, Payscale’s 2015-16 College Salary Report, and actual cost (per credit as reported on college website).