Posted on September 26, 2018 by Joanna Carver

With a focus on creating a collaborative learning environment for local professionals, the UTSA College of Business Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) has expanded their partnerships as well as their program offerings within the business community.

Executive MBA classThis past year the CPE has presented customized professional development programs in artificial intelligence, analytics, health care leadership and project management for companies including Chase and UT Health San Antonio.

“To remain competitive, companies must reinvest in educational opportunities for their leaders and managers,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the UTSA College of Business. “By leveraging the deep knowledge base of our faculty, San Antonio companies are finding value in developing customized programs with us for their employees.”

The newest programs were launched this fall in partnership with UT Health San Antonio. First, the college’s Executive MBA was expanded to include a health professions track. Six participants in this new track are sponsored by UT Health San Antonio. Additionally, the CPE has developed a yearlong Executive Development Program for Emerging Health Leaders with the Long School of Medicine.

“These programs are needed because providers are faced with not only challenging health care issues but the increasingly complex business around health care,” said Dr. Robert Hromas, dean of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

The CPE has also rolled out an array of workshops, boot camps, certificate and signature programs through their Leadership Institute. The programs are flexible in course length and delivery method and range from three-hour workshops to 12-month certificate programs.

“This unique approach allows participants to customize their learning experience and diversify the courses they want to take-empowering them to navigate their own professional development,” said Kathryn Keeton, associate director of executive programs in the UTSA College of Business.

Coursework covers areas such as negotiation and conflict management, big data, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and strategic decision-making. UTSA Continuing Education Units are available to participants for most executive education programs.

— Joanna Carver