SDSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Master’s Program Instructor Lori Sipe

SDSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Master’s Program Instructor Lori Sipe


The SDSU Master’s program is unique because the faculty are people who have worked in the industry. They are teachers now but they have a passion for both learning and for connecting to the industry. Students will gain hands-on experience in a lot of different ways. The first thing that comes to my mind is that they’re gonna do a project, the capstone experience rather than it being sort of an exam or a thesis paper. It’s going to be a project that they do within their organization. The hybrid is going to allow us to have some connectivity where we get to see each other and engage face to face. And then it’s going to provide an opportunity, though, also to have the flexibility that not having to be somewhere face to face with someone allows you to do. So I think that a hybrid is probably, if I had to pick a model right now just based on the way that I’ve been teaching, I think the hybrid would really be an ideal model. It certainly is an ideal model for working professionals and I think that it’s going to be something that continues to differentiate us as well because we’re not just an online program. We do want to know you. We are comfortable engaging with you. And we’re going to hopefully take the kinds of things that we start to do in a face to face environment and be able to transfer those to the online learning community as well. I think there’s a lot of evidence out there to suggest that none of us gets to stop learning, no matter what our age, no matter what our title is. But in hospitality and tourism management the consumers expectations continue to change. Once we feel like we’ve sort of satisfied them or even engaged them in a way that makes them go “wow” we then have to take it up a notch. I’m really confident that our students are going to walk away with the HTM Edge.

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