Mendoza to offer new MNA distance learning courses

Author: Carol Elliott


The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program at the University of Notre Dame will offer two new distance learning graduate business courses, beginning this fall and open to anyone involved in nonprofit management.

The courses are part of the Universitys 50-year commitment to providing executive education to leaders of nonprofit organizations, particularly in recent years as the industry has experienced critical leadership shortages.

Distance learning courses to improve the business competencies of nonprofit managerswhether social service providers, pastors, leaders in the arts or in educationhave a double pay-off,said Thomas Harvey, director of the MNA program in the Universitys Mendoza College of Business.They benefit the individuals who take the course and, by extension,their organizations.Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of such an opportunity is simply the fact the people can keep their jobs while increasing their skills.

Advanced Accountancy for Nonprofit Managers, which first will be offered during the 2007 fall semester, focuses in part on the importance of control measures to ensure the reliability of financial records and to prevent loss due to mistakes or misconduct. In the spring semester, Employment Law for Managers will examine discrimination law, contract law and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other employment-related issues. Both three-credit courses will be taught by Margot J. OBrien, an accountancy professor who also is a lawyer and certified public accountant.

Other Mendoza MNA program developments include:

  • An agreement with two of the nations largest social service networksCatholic Charities USA and Volunteers of America (VOA)to provide executiveeducation. As part of the agreement, VOA has contracted to send its leadership executives for a one-week conference of intense study in business each year at the Mendoza College of Business.
  • A new collaboration betweenMendozaandIndianaUniversitys Center on Philanthropy. The agreement will give IUs students access to four distance learning business courses offered byMendoza. In turn, Notre Dame MNA students can access six distance learning fund development courses offered by the Center on Philanthropy.
  • A non-degree certificate program, Nonprofit Business Excellence, offered each March aimed at strengthening managerial business skills.

* Contact: * _Thomas Harvey, director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration program, at 574-631-7593 or .

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