Week 1 of the UAGC 2022 Major Matchup was a really tight contest. After a week of voting, only eight majors and the faculty who represent them have moved on to the next round in the annual contest. Who made it through? Read on to find out. Then vote for the faculty member who makes the most convincing argument in all four brackets below.
2022 UAGC Major Matchup Contestants: Week 2
After a triumphant win in 2020, Early Childhood Education and Amy Johnson have lost in the first round, becoming one of eight faculty and majors to be eliminated in Week 1 of the 2022 Major Matchup. However, the game must go on! Now’s your chance to help decide who will advance to the next bracket.
As a reminder, this year, you are voting for the faculty members who make the best “case” for the major. Then, for the final bracket round, you will have the chance to hear from the faculty representing the last two majors in a Facebook Live event, where they will reply to questions from a moderator and the viewers. After the event, you will be invited to cast one final vote to help determine the 2022 UAGC Major Matchup champion! Your vote only counts once each week, so choose wisely!
Check out the remaining eight faculty pitches representing the programs from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® and the College of Arts and Sciences that have advanced to this next round. Then cast your vote in all four brackets to help us take this contest to Round 3 next week. Voting is open until April 11. Who will make it into the next round of voting? You decide! Vote for the faculty member who makes the most convincing argument in all four brackets below.
Game 1: Psychology vs. Public Health
First up is psychology vs. public health, both programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAGC. Representing psychology is Dr. Dana Dillard. Charles Holmes is here to represent public health.Watch their pitches, then cast your vote.
Dr. Dana Dillard: “Do you work with people? Do you parent people or teach people? I know. Do you know people? Like people? Or maybe even dislike people? My name is Dr. Dana Dillard, and I would like to share why a UAGC psychology degree is so special. You see psychology is all about people. Okay, call me out on a technicality, because psychology is about the mind, brain, and behavior. But that's what people are. Squishy, gelatiny clumps of cells that generate electricity, producing mind, personality, behaviors, feeling, thoughts, beliefs, dreams. Psychology is the study of all of these things in one person, as well as what happens when that one squishy mass of personality beliefs, behaviors, dreams, hopes, interacts with another. Psychology is for everyone. If you want to understand why your child throws a temper tantrum at 2 a.m., or why you forgot where your keys are, but you can remember the name of your first-grade teacher, developmental psychology might be for you. Interested in knowing why being introverted or ambiverted is awesome? Personality Psychology might be your new favorite class. Interested in understanding how stress influences health and how we can learn to manage it instead of it running our lives? Health Psychology. Want to come up with ideas to help your employees actually love what they do? Industrial and Organizational Psychology might be where you are interested in studying. Quite simply, psychology is for everyone. And in fact, I would love to issue the challenge for anyone to come up with an interest, career direction, personal or academic goal, or hobby that does not connect with people and behaviors. Psychology as a degree is useful in so many fields, from accountants to writers, political scientists to teacher, salespersons to nurse practitioners, clergy to clerical. Psychology fits everywhere. But psychology at UAGC? Now that is something really special. Our faculty are diverse, specializing in research, education, neuroscience, personality, business, and more. We also have an incredible group of alumni and students, many who are active in the UAGC Psych Club, which currently sits over 9,300 members. These members network, engage, and interact and help make what can feel so distant in online learning feel like something so much more. So, you see, while psychology is all about people, what makes psychology at UAGC so special is the people. So come on, UAGC students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family: click that button to show and share your love for our Psychology programs in the UAGC 2022 Major Matchup.”
Dr. Charles Holmes: “Oh, hi. Didn't see you there. My name is Dr. Charles Holmes, and I'd like to tell you about some of the amazing things that we're doing in the Master of Public Health program. First, I'd like to start off with our amazing students. I'm happy to say that over 90% of our students have chosen to use their practicum time to directly impact the COVID pandemic. We've had students use contract tracing, which is epidemiology to actually track the progression of the virus. We have students working in real time with patients with active infections, trying to determine how they've been disproportionately impacted, whether they've been vaccinated and unvaccinated, whether they've had any environmental impacts that have disproportionately impacted them. So that's been truly amazing. And then we also have students working on the future, students working with researchers to try and anticipate what future variants may be, or what future pandemics may come for future generations. So it's been truly outstanding. As far as public health in general, the field is growing quite rapidly. I mean, if you think of all the things that we impact, public health is in control of air quality, water quality, soil quality, environmental quality. So, we do basically everything you interact with on a daily basis. Public health has some impact on it. As far as a program, we've been very, very lucky. We launched in March of 2018, and today, we've already had over 65 graduates. We have one of the highest retention rates at the University of Arizona Global Campus. And I can only foresee very, very bright future for our program. So, if you have an interest in the public health program, I hope you'll be reaching out to us soon. And hopefully, also you'll vote us forward in the Major Matchup. Thanks so much. Bye, bye.”
Who makes the better case for the best major? Cast your vote now!
Game 2: Organizational Management vs. Operations Management & Analysis
Next up are two Forbes School of Business and Technology® fan faves: organizational management and project management.
Dr. William Woods: “It's time for you to join the Master of Arts in Organizational Management. All right, all right, let's get this started. It's my challenge to all of you brave hearted. I'm not talking about fortune or fame, but in this life you got to up your game. I'm talking about 33 credits in just 11 manager classes. And after that, we'll all be lifting our glasses, shouting ‘cheers. Cheers. Woo. Cheers. Cheers.’ That's right. Lift them up, lift them up. Cheers. Cheers. With a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Go ahead. Go ahead. It's time for you to handle it. Boosting up your resume, putting all your skills in place. You learned it. You earned it. What can I say? At UAGC, everybody shower me. Cheers. Cheers. Cheers. Cheers, that's right. Now, lift them up, lift them up. Cheers. Cheers. The Master of Arts in Organizational Management, 11 manager classes. It's time for you to handle it. And remember, after that, keep your eyes on graduation, because that'll be your time to rock this nation.”
Operations Management & Analysis
Bill Davis: “Hello, UAGC students. My name is Bill Davis. I'm a lead faculty assistant professor in the Forbes School of Business and Technology® here at the University of Arizona Global Campus. You know, it's an honor and a pleasure to be here to give you an overview of the operations management and analysis program. Now, before I begin, if you'd like to learn a little bit about myself, just go ahead and Google Bill Davis, UAGC. You should see my bio. And again, I oversee the operations management and analysis program. Now, with that said, what I'd like to tell you is that operations management, it's what businesses do. There's operational processes that produce either goods, or they produce services. And operations management takes place in all kinds of businesses: restaurants, retail, hospitals. It takes place in colleges, universities, supermarkets. Just think about it. They're all operating, right? And I've always embraced through my particular career is people, process, structure, because if you get them right, you put it all together, it works, you get favorable outcomes, you get quality. Everybody wins. Business follows, you know, sales and everything just keeps rolling. And also, the other thing I've embraced is the five functions of management, planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling. I believe in them. I believe they're one coordinated system. And if you manage those kind of things, plan your work, work your plan, things just come out. Now, what I wanted to tell you was that in this program, you're gonna learn about system analysis, you're going to assess methods. You're going to learn about knowledge about project management, program management. You'll examine organizations, their operations. You'll also look at supply chains. You’ll look at the effective decision making, the tools to measure all of that process stuff is in there as well as quality management. We have a great list of courses here. There's 15 of them. The sequence courses, management, microeconomics, accounting, operations management, quantitative techniques. I'm just naming a few. Business systems, decision modeling, quality management, all there for you. Now, with that said, all of this can help you in your existing career and help you elevate or help the organization for whatever your reasons are for being in here. But you'll become better. You'll build more capacity, you’ll gain knowledge off the job, and you'll be able to apply that knowledge where you work. But if you're looking for a career in operations management, realize there's all kinds of careers out there. Think about that, go to the website. You can see our site, and you can see everything that's involved there. But it's a great program. I've seen it just continue to grow and see students succeed, and I'm happy for them. And that's why we exist: for you. So, continue that. We're in this together. Realize that the vision we have is to empower you, support you, enrich you, and graduate. We're in this together, all the faculty are I oversee. So, we've got a great team. We're here to help you to pay it forward. Please support the operations management and analysis program. Thank you for listening. I wish you much continued success. Thank you.”
Did Dr. Wood’s rhyme seal the deal? Or did Bill Davis’s breakdown of operations management & analysis steal the show?
Game 3: Human Services vs. Special Education
In this match, Lisa Smith delivers a heartfelt message about the importance and value of human services, while Dr. Jessi Harkins Upshaw makes the case for special education. Who will it be? Watch then vote!
Dr. Lisa Smith: “Looking for a program to align with? Let me tell you why the human services programs are so special. First, we offer a bachelor's, a master’s, and a PhD. In addition, we train you for the expertise and skills to be a leader in your community. One important thing you should know is that we are the heartbeat of every community. We are the local, and the state, and the national. We help everyone. If you wish to be a leader in a social justice program such as Black Lives Matter, Me Too, immigrant programs like DACA. We need leaders like you to help fix that problem. In addition, we have juvenile justice issues, where we have school to prison pipeline problems. We are the after-school programs. We are the programs that help kids in foster care. We are the programs that help their family members who had substance abuse issues. You need an advocate for you to domestic violence case? We help you in those careers. We teach you about nonprofit organizations and their finances, and we help you with great writing, and the courses that teach you the skills you need for advocacy. You see, we do it all. Can any other program say that? We also cover vulnerable populations. You'll learn a lot about these populations and some of the best practices to help them. We are one of those special programs that do a lot for our community. And not only do we do a lot for our community, your take-home after you finish serving these populations is the reward knowing that you did something great for someone and helped them better their lives. I'm Dr. Lisa Smith. Vote human services. Take good care.”
An online degree from the University of Arizona Global Campus does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state.
Dr. Jessi Harkins Upshaw: It's time for the UAGC 2022 Major Matchup. And we here in the field of special education say, ‘game on.’ My name is Dr. Jessi Upshaw, and I am proud to lead the students and faculty studying special education here in the Master of Arts in Special Education ( MASE) program at UAGC. Our mission is to educate, empower, and integrate innovation, accessibility, and integrity for professionals that impact diverse learners in their communities. Why should you vote for the special education and MASE program in this year's matchup? Let me pass this off. Let's look at the elite eight reasons to lift up students entering the field of special education. No. 1. Our students specialize in supporting diverse learning needs. No. 2. They focus on creating inclusive environments. No. 3. They have an exponential impact on diverse learners who continue to have an impact in their communities. No. 4. Students with special education build on evidence-based practice models to learn, grow, and take action. Time for the final four. No. 5. Professionals and special education focus on goal setting and scaffolded support. No. 6. The helping field of special education blends brain and behavior sciences with educational models to meet students where they are, and support where they want to be. No. 7. Digging into professional, ethical, and conceptual principles of special education helps to advance our students’ personal and career goals to impact learners of all abilities at diverse ages and levels of learning. And No. 8. Our team supports UAGC student groups and organizations to connect and advocate for all individuals identifying with neurodiversity, exceptionalities, and differences in ability. We encourage you to support students studying special education in the 2022 Major Matchup.”
Who wins in your book? Vote now!
Game 4: Business Administration vs. Business Leadership
In the final match of week 2, we have two fan favorites, featuring Charlie Minnick, who shares strong words on why business administration is the major to win the top prize, and Misty Resendez, who argues in favor of business leadership. Watch the videos and cast your vote!
Dr. Charlie Minnick: “Greetings from the UAGC Forbes School of Business and Technology® business administration programs. It’s that time of the year again, March Madness. Spring is in the air. Excitement is in the air as we look to crown the next national champion. So, while we're on the topic of champions, the UAGC Forbes School of Business and Technology® bachelor's and master's degree business administration programs are the programs of champions. You might ask, ‘Dr. Minnick, what makes you think the business administration programs are the programs of champions?’ Well, I'm glad you asked. Couple reasons. First is that student success is good business. The true MVPs of our business administration programs are our students. They are the stars of the program. The passion and energy that they bring to the classroom on a daily basis makes a classroom alive and full of energy. And that energy is contagious. Second is that we have the best supporting cast in the tournament, the supporting cast being the business administration faculty and staff. Everything we do on a daily basis revolves around supporting the true MVPs, our students. We'd love seeing them bring home the championship trophy, that championship trophy being the UAGC business administration diploma. So, there you have it. The programs of champions. Cast your vote for the programs that mean business: your UAGC business administration programs. Go team!”
Dr. Misty Resendez: “Deciding a career is so stressful. I don't know what degree program will benefit me the most and fit who I am. There's just so many options. Well, have you ever thought of taking business leadership? No. Can you tell me more about the business leadership program? There are many benefits to taking a business leadership program. When you take a business leadership program at the University of Arizona Global Campus, you will be provided the skills necessary to lead an effective team. You will learn how to motivate your employees. You'll learn about mentoring, effective communication, how to address conflict, and many, many more skills that you can put into place today in the workforce. In addition, it will also boost your pay potential. Because you have the skills necessary to be a leader, you have more opportunities, which will then advance your resume in front of others, because you'll have the skill set that is necessary to lead in any industry that you choose. I hope you decide to pursue a business leadership degree at the University of Arizona Global Campus. That sounds great. Thank you so much. Dr. Resendez!”
Which business degree should make it into the semi-finals? Vote now!
It’s Time to Vote in the UAGC Major Matchup
Well, there you have it. The next four brackets of the 2022 UAGC Major Matchup are set. Which faculty members presented the best pitches? Who will advance to the semi-finals? It’s all in your hands. Remember, your vote only counts once per game. Vote wisely!