Lansing is one of the nation's insurance industry hubs, and
will soon be playing an even bigger role in its continued growth. The university is introducing a new Risk Management and Insurance specialty within its Bachelor of Business Administration in Management program beginning in the fall of 2012, which will be available on the school’s Lansing campus, as well as in Grand Rapids and Livonia.
According to Associate Dean of Davenport University’s the College of Business, Dr. Frank Novakowski, the university knows the program will be just what local employers are looking for because they worked with the insurance industry to develop it.
“We have a number of insurance companies who are kind enough to send their employees to us,” says Novakowski, “and they tell us about the trends, needs and changes in the industry.”
Davenport worked with Auto Owners, Farmers Insurance, the Accident Fund
, Jackson National and other to create an insurance specialty that would meet the business’ needs, as well as serve as the required industry designation for employees. Additionally, employees who already have industry designations may count those as class credit toward their bachelor degree.
“This is the only BBA that relates to insurance and risk mange in the state and one of the few in the nation,” says Novakowski.
Also notable about the program is that it will be the first in Novakowski’s memory to offer a scholarship immediately upon introduction at Davenport. Farmers Insurance will provide $10,000 in scholarships over the next three years.