College of Business, Executive MBA program discussed

Things are changing for the better at UL Lafayette and you don’t have to look any further than the school’s College of Business for proof.

Dr. Joby John, dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business, offered a look at the college’s growing stature and its new Executive MBA program to the Rotary Club of Crowley Tuesday.

A fellow Rotarian himself from Lafayette, Dr. John offered the good news to the club, which, as he pointed out, has several UL Lafayette alumni among them.

The B.I. Moody III College of Business, along with it’s host university, continues to climb up the rankings and be associated with the best business schools in the country. It is also the largest business school in the state.

UL awarded its first business degree in 1926 and in 2004 the College of Business was named after Moody, the first college at the university to be named for someone.

Among its noted successes, the program boasts a number-21 ranking in pass rating of the CPA exam among large programs. It also ranks 39th in having students pass the exam on the first attempt.

The B.I. Moody III College of Business offers eight majors and 20 minors to compliment its majors.

The college also now offers an Executive MBA Program. The 16-month program features classes every other weekend and hosts 15-20 students, creating smaller classes and better interaction.

And that class size and time schedule is what has made the program so alluring to potential students as well as to outsiders looking in, according to John.

With the classes now being offered at UL, it also means students no longer have to commute to Nicholls State or LSU to earn an executive MBA.

The program is designed for, and targeted to, the working business professional. The program will provide a thorough education in business knowledge, skills, theories, and practices. It is structured to meet students’ unique and specific needs in terms of earning a graduate business degree.

Dr. John also discussed UL’s continued strides as its Master Plan begins to take shape. Work has already begun on a new student union as well as residence halls and parking.

The plan also has in the works improvements in biking and pedestrian safety, giving them their own lanes of travel; more improvements in the parking and shuttle sector; additional lighting and other things to help campus safety; and improvements in the academic quad area, as well as more host venues for the 24-hour lives of the university and its students.

The university ranked as the most affordable in the state and in the top 10 percent of affordability in the country. And, as Dr. John pointed out, the university is not trading off less expensive tuition for quality of education. Currently, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university among the top schools in the nation. It’s programs are also showing the quality of education being offered at the school.

For more information on the B.I. Moody III College of Business, visit its website at

Earlier in its gathering, the club inducted two new members into its midst, Donna Corley and Mitzi Mayeux Lejeune.

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