Brian Ferry March 2012
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The Collins College: Expanding its Global Footprint with Graduate Education
The new dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management (CCHM), Dr. Lea Dopson, aims for the college to be a globally recognized source of excellence in graduate education and cutting edge research, a goal that is already promising a bright future.
“Our internationally recognized faculty, scholars and researchers are equipped with the analytical skills and advanced management concepts necessary for us to excel on a global scale,” says Dean Dopson. “And that is exactly what we are trying to do.”
The college’s efforts toward excellence were recently recognized when it was ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitality and tourism graduate programs by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. CCHM’s Master of Science in Hospitality Management (MSHM) program started in 2010 with 12 students enrolled. Five years later, there are 60 students enrolled and 50 percent are international students. A combination of industry support, internationally renowned faculty, and programs that prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in the industry help push the college and its graduate program forward.
“Irrespective of terrorism, war and economic crisis, the hospitality and tourism industry has grown rapidly in the last decade,” says Director of Graduate Studies Neha Singh. “The industry now needs more analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and the MSHM program offers just that. The required thesis and professional papers help students use the tools they have learned and apply them to real-life issues.”
Additionally, there has been a significant increase in national conference participation by Collins students and faculty, which has strengthened the college’s network.
“We are expanding our programs, increasing study abroad and travel opportunities, and establishing international partnerships,” says Dean Dopson. “All of these opportunities help Collins students achieve their goals and propel them toward becoming leaders in this dynamic industry.”