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Franklin University Human Resources Programs Approved for Renewal by SHRM

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, is proud to announce that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that both the master's degree in human resource management and the undergraduate program in human resource management have been approved for renewal in alignment with SHRM's Human Resource Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Program Chair commented, "Recognition of the quality of our degree programs by SHRM is a great honor and a testament to the effort we have made to ensure our curriculum aligns with the needs of HR professionals in the field." He also notes that  throughout the world, just more than 300 institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates, lending to the credibility of the rigor required to meet this standard.

The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates are based on extensive research and is revalidated every three to five years. Over time, it increasingly integrates the HR Competency Model components most relevant to early-career HR professionals. 

SHRM staff work with university faculty and staff to perform a review to determine university degree program alignment with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. These reviews include reviewing the HR degree program requirements, a review of the course descriptions and syllabi of required and elective courses in HR, assessing the context within which courses are taught, assessment of how personal HR competencies are taught and what business or policy application results from learning the HR topic, and reviewing the accrediting credentials of the university.

Today's competitive job market requires HR professionals who can help businesses select, develop, and retain employees that complement the organizational culture. Having curriculum that aligns with SHRM guidelines is a more than a point of distinction, it is a requirement for creating such a workforce.  Franklin is proud to offer today's working adults relevant academic programs constructed on a curricular foundation that is rooted in theory, designed with input from industry leaders, informed by the expertise of our faculty, and intended for immediate application by our students. Today's announcement confirms and validates the University's approach.

About Franklin University's Human Resource Programs
M.S. in Human Resource Management
The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) from Franklin University prepares graduates for overseeing complex employee benefit plans, understanding changing labor laws, and becoming "strategic partners" to CEOs - providing an opportunity to advance your career and your organization's mission. Franklin's highly qualified instructors use their extensive industry experience to help guide students through the MSHRM curriculum and complete the graduate degree in as few as 16 months. For more:

Human Resources Management Program (Bachelor of Science)
Today's competitive job market requires human resources (HR) professionals who can help businesses select, develop, and retain employees that complement the organizational culture. Through Franklin's Human Resources Management curriculum, students will be well qualified to execute key functions within the HR department, understand essential candidate analysis techniques, compensation models, training skills and methods. For more visit:

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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