Colleges forge partnerships, reach out to students

SSU executive MBA; USF cuts class fees; Dominican master's

NORTH BAY -- North Bay universities increasingly are finding ways to partner with community businesses to better their programs and navigate the economic downturn.

In a time when there are cuts to the education budgets and universities across California have been stricken by cuts and furloughs, unique and new ways of dealing with cost cutting are becoming necessary.

The Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics, for instance, has created an executive master’s of business administration and a wine business MBA. It also has established mentoring programs for students and internships that help both students and employers.

While private and not subject to the same kinds of cuts as the public schools, University of San Francisco has also found a way to battle the economic hardship.

The school has chosen to offer general education lower-division courses on its Santa Rosa campus for half the price of its typical cost starting this spring semester.

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