Grand Canyon University to Implement Progressive APA Writing Style in Management Courses and Others

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Grand Canyon University's management courses and others will be implementing a progressive approach to the use of the APA writing style.

Grand Canyon University College of Business

Grand Canyon University is committed to preparing our students for the professional world

Grand Canyon University's management courses and others will be implementing a progressive approach to the use of the APA writing style.

Lower-division courses will use a modified set of APA requirements referred to as "GCU Style" that will enable students to focus their attention on content development and proper citations. Upper-division courses, such as management courses, will incorporate additional elements to support the more advanced work that is reflective of the discipline. Upper-division courses will generally follow the 5th edition of APA style and eventually transition to the 6th edition, where as, upper-division English course will follow MLA style.

"Grand Canyon University is committed to preparing our students for the professional world," said Bill Jenkins, Grand Canyon University's Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement. "We feel the implementation of these new APA and MLA requirements will benefit our students greatly and help provide them with the tools they need to enter a professional atmosphere."

GCU will be transitioning its resources to the recently updated APA and MLA manuals in the fall of 2010. Until then, GCU will be using the APA 5th edition and MLA 6th edition. GCU provides students and faculty with electronic resources for these styles in their Student Success Center.

Purchase of the APA and MLA manuals is optional. However, the doctoral and Nursing programs will be implementing the 6th edition immediately, and students will need the level of detail presented in the APA manual and are advised to purchase the 6th edition.

The new APA and MLA requirements will be increasingly reflected in the universities' management courses rubrics. More weight will be given to the content of an assignment and less will be given to the mechanics of style. GCU will provide students and faculty with a number of tutorials and templates regarding these new APA and MLA manuals in their Writing Center.

About Grand Canyon University's Ken Blanchard College of Business
The Ken Blanchard College of Business offers a variety of educational options to serve a diverse student population ranging from traditional undergraduate to corporate executive to military personnel. The academic programs offered are traditional undergraduate degrees, degree completion programs, graduate degrees, an executive MBA, and customized programs. The Ken Blanchard College of Business espouses the same values in servant leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit as its renowned namesake, Ken Blanchard. With the convenience of online education and the advantage of campus life, The Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University offers a unique opportunity for varied academic experiences. Every program within The College is available as an entirely online degree; yet, if you desire to live and learn on campus, know that your program is likely offered on the ground campus as well.

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