David Closs, Chairperson of the renowned Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University (MSU), was recently invited to the White House to participate on a select panel of supply chain management leaders. The panel discussion focused on ways to make the nation’s supply chains more sustainable. Hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration, the March 30 event included experts from the government and academia, as well as the business and nonprofit sectors.
Dr. Closs has been researching the supply chain for 35 years and is at the forefront of viewing supply chain from a larger perspective. Dr. Closs remarked that those involved in developing sustainable supply chains must think beyond being environmentally friendly, and include ethical practices, knowledgeable workers and good economics in their planning, as well. “My argument is that supply chain managers have to broaden their perspective,” Closs said. “If you’re really going to have a sustainable supply chain, you have to balance these four dimensions.”
MSU’s undergraduate and graduate supply chain programs, ranked #1 and #2 by U.S. News & World Report, are known for their holistic approach to the entire supply chain. This perspective benefits the panel’s discussion involving the nation’s largest supply chains. Now supply chain professionals around the world have access to learn and benefit from this perspective with MSU’s new 100% online master certificate programs offered through University Alliance. Students enrolled in the Supply Chain Management Master and Advanced Master Certificates are taught by Dr. Closs along with additional campus-based faculty.
MSU’s Supply Chain Management certificate programs are designed to provide the insight, knowledge and real-world strategies today’s supply chain professionals need to achieve success in this in-demand field. Lectures are delivered 100% online through University Alliance’s cutting edge video-based e-learning platform. The online classroom features streaming video lectures, with convenient 24/7 access to classes. Participants also enjoy interactive tools designed to facilitate communication between instructors and students, such as live chat rooms, discussion boards and email.
To learn more about Michigan State’s online certificate programs in supply chain management, visit http://www.michiganstateuniversityonline.com. Open enrollment starts April 2012, with classes beginning June 2012.
About Michigan State University
Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
About University Alliance
The University Alliance (UA) facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation’s leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA’s technology and support services, its university partners have surpassed 450,000 online enrollments – making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country. University partners include Villanova University, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, the University of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, The University of Scranton, Jacksonville University, Dominican University and New England College.