Which higher education programs are most popular right now?
Director of Communications
Nunez Community College
Nunez Community College boasts a diverse roster of programs ranging from workforce development and business to nursing and even fine arts. Our newest programs are gaining popularity across communities as our college moves forward in the STEAM sector. At Nunez, students can learn to build rockets as an aerospace-manufacturing technician. They can contribute to environmental safety with wastewater management or coastal studies and GIS technology. Students who are simply in need of a workforce credential or value-added certificate can select any number of noncredit courses in health sciences, industrial construction, safety or IT.
Tony S. Cook
Director of Communications and Marketing
Delgado Community College
Delgado is the perfect choice for career-focused education. Nursing is our largest program with 869 students; in the middle of the pandemic, the program has gained over 130 students —up almost 20%. Allied health fields have also seen gains; enrollment in our Basic EMT program has almost tripled from 12 to 34, and our pharmacy technician program has grown over 75% from 18 to 32. We’ve also seen more modest gains of about 25% each in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Funeral Service Education, and Veterinary Technology. Business programs continue to be popular at Delgado; we’re seeing enrollment gains in accounting, human resources, and logistics. In the technical division, enrollment is up for commercial electrician and residential construction, among others.
Director of Executive Education and Program Advancement
The University of New Orleans
The University of New Orleans Executive MBA program is meeting the needs of today’s busy professionals. With the weekend, hybrid format, students can achieve their MBA in just 15 ½ months no matter what their undergraduate degree specialty. Classes are on alternating weekends, typically meeting once or twice a month. This schedule makes achieving an MBA an attainable goal, without giving up a student’s career. Tutorials, meals and textbooks are included in the program tuition and the Executive Education administrative staff is always ready to assist students so that they can focus solely on their coursework. A new cohort begins each July, with the next cohort starting July 24, 2021.
Dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business
There is always strong interest in our MBA programs and our 10-month Master of Finance and Master of Accounting degrees. We’ve recently introduced two new degree programs. The first is a cutting-edge Master of Business Analytics program that focuses on transforming large, extremely complex data sets into clear information managers need to make business decisions. Students use leading commercial software to master data visualization and quantitative business modeling and analysis. Another groundbreaking program is our new Master of Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Hospitality, the Freeman School’s first fully online degree. It’s a first-of-its-kind concept where students learn to apply successful hospitality industry principles and an entrepreneurial mindset to create and advance customer experiences in all industries.
Students increasingly come to Loyola to make a career in creative industries. We have one of the top music industry programs in the nation (as ranked by Billboard). English majors help edit a series of books for Bloomsbury press and find jobs in publishing. Our growing entrepreneurship major helps students learn by launching businesses, and many of our students come for the sciences, often to prepare for careers in medicine.
We just announced a new undergraduate nursing program in partnership with Ochsner Health (pending approval from our accreditor). No one is more in demand now than nurses, and Loyola prides itself on teaching them ethics and empathy.
Other new programs include majors in neuroscience and cybersecurity, a master’s in marketing and communications, and two new master’s degrees in environmental law and health care law.