DETROIT, July 16, 2013—Marygrove College today announced that its Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program has been officially recognized for its alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) requirements for HR degree programs.
“There is no shortage of programs offering HR-related degrees,” explains Jerry van Rossum, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the program. “The problem is that there is little consistency amongst them—and the lack of industry and program standards is costly not only to graduates, but also the businesses that are looking to hire them.”
Marygrove’s alignment with SHRM—which was founded in 1948 and is the world’s largest professional human resource association—is a critical partnership. Aligning itself with SHRM standards not only ensures that the HRM curriculum is consistent with industry practice, but also that graduates of the program are prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing industry.
Thanks to a global economy, new technologies, as well as ethics and compliance standards, HR is now at the forefront of business strategy. “HR is no longer hiding in the ‘little office in the back,’” said van Rossum. “Increasingly, organizations are looking to HR for strategic leadership decisions: managing a decentralized workforce, for example, and finding innovative ways to balance the demands of in-sourcing, out-sourcing, and the like.”
Because of Marygrove’s association with SHRM, students who complete their degree in HRM at Marygrove are also prepared to take the Assurance of Learning Assessment. This exam is the new universal benchmark for students who are completing an HR degree, but have little or limited experience in the field. Successful completion of this exam gives those that take it an advantage over other entry-level graduates: it demonstrates that these graduates have the minimum knowledge required to be a successful HR professional.
For more information about Marygrove’s Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program visit http://onlinegrad.marygrove.edu/
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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
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