Frederick Taylor University (FTU) was founded in 1994 and since then has undergone considerable positive and planned changes consistent with its quest and philosophy for improvement, quality, and value in distance education. As a University specializing in the field of management and business administration, the administration, faculty, and staff of Frederick Taylor University (FTU) endeavor to deliver high quality programs, offer teaching excellence, and exceptional student services.
Frederick Taylor University (FTU) is named after the “Father of Scientific Management” Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 – March 21, 1915), who obtained his degree from Stevens Institute of Technology via distance education (correspondence) in 1883. The University has attracted students from all over the world and continues to respond to the need for management knowledge and training in our increasingly global and complex competitive business environment. With expert faculty from various cultural and professional business backgrounds, Frederick Taylor University (FTU) facilitates independent learning and accomplishment of educational goals for professional working adults, as well as for those seeking an affordable quality education and degrees in the field of management and business administration. Our students are independent and motivated individuals from diverse national, geographic, ethnic, cultural, political, religious, and social backgrounds.
The advancement of technology demands new learning of individuals in every society. In the U.S. today, new technologies create changes in the business environment, generating a need for us to become consumers of new information. Attending university enables us to better utilize this necessary information, helping us to get ahead in the business world and the professional environment. Serving in various business organizations over the past 30 years has convinced me that traditional types of business education are neither effective nor convenient for those working professionals who do not desire to leave their careers to complete their degrees. Clearly, attending classes after a hard day of work is at the very least an inconvenience for most people. Frederick Taylor University was founded in 1994 in response to the growing need for a solid distance learning educational format in business administration and management.
Our faculty has developed a high quality distance learning program that is professionally relevant to your career and personal life. The program lets you study at home or in your office, and at your own pace while interacting with your professor by phone, fax, mail and electronic mail. Our programs are innovative, flexible and highly practical, providing the business and managerial knowledge that you need to master the rapid changes in your professional organization. Frederick Taylor University invites you into an educational partnership that will empower you to reach your maximum professional capabilities.
Mission, Purpose, Objectives
Frederick Taylor University (FTU) is a private institution of higher learning offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Management and Business Administration, through distance learning and online methodologies. FTU’s institutional plan is to serve the mature, adult learners, 20 years or older who due to some personal or professional considerations cannot pursue an on-campus degree program; wish to expand their educational knowledge by actively participating in an instructional program which integrates academic studies and work responsibilities; and are self-motivated, goal directed and possess a high degree of initiative in preparing for their continued education, self-growth and development.
Frederick Taylor University’s academic programs offer a structured, yet flexible undergraduate and graduate curriculum leading to either: a Bachelor of Science in Management; a Bachelor of Business Administration; or a Master in Business Administration. The BBA Degree can be pursued with specialization electives in the fields of Accounting, Information Systems, International Business, Operations Management, Marketing, Management, Health Care Administration, or Human Resources Management. The MBA Degree can be earned with specialization electives in the fields of Executive Management, International Business, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Information Systems, Health Care Administration, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Taxation, Global Economy, or Human Resources Management.
FTU’s philosophy is based on the belief that professional experience and education are interrelated. Therefore, each student’s academic program culminates in the completion of an academic project related to a student’s practical experience and/or occupation. As FTU’s instructional goals are flexible and personalized, this project is developed with the assistance and approval of assigned faculty, qualified in the student’s subject area. Once having accomplished these goals, the following outcomes will be evidenced by the adult learner: (a) demonstrated mastery of course work assigned, (b) ability to analyze, define and recommend solutions to given problems, (c) demonstrated ability to reason and think abstractly, (d) demonstrated depth and breadth of knowledge in specified area of concentration, (e) an educational preparedness suitable to pursue advanced degree Programs, (f) an educational preparedness to qualify students to assume key responsibilities in business and professional environments.
Frederick Winslow Taylor, M.E., Sc.D.
Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 – March 21, 1915), universally known as the “Father of Scientific Management” was born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1865 into well-off family. His father, Franklin Taylor, was a graduate of Princeton University and a lawyer, and his mother, Emily Annette Taylor, was an abolitionist and feminist. The family members were devoted Quakers and the upbringing and values created a well-disciplined young man who was ambitious and planned his future. Taylor was married to Louise M. Spooner of Philadelphia, with whom he had no children since all of his three children were adopted. Taylor was educated early by his mother and also studied in both Germany and France. In 1872 Taylor attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. His plan was to enter Harvard and become a lawyer just like his father. However, Taylor had a different calling and thus became an apprentice at Enterprise Hydraulic Works in Philadelphia where he gained shop-floor experience as a machinist.
Having completed his apprenticeship in 1878, Taylor became a machine-shop laborer at Midvale Steel Works and quickly flew through the ranks because of his extensive understanding and efficient managerial insights and practices. He was time clerk, journeyman machinist, gang boss over the lathe hands, machine shop foreman, research director, and became the chief engineer soon thereafter. With a deep focus on efficiency, as shop foreman, Taylor studied and analyzed the productivity of both the men and the machines he worked with. This focus on the human element of production gave rise to what is known as “Scientific Management.” In 1883, Taylor earned a degree in mechanical engineering through correspondence from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Taylor was not only a pioneer of efficiency, but the effective management of mechanical systems and people to increase productivity in organizations. Taylor also worked as a general manager and a consulting engineer for the Manufacturing Investment Company of Philadelphia, where he advised the company’s management. This position lasted for about 3 years, from 1890-1893, after which he opened his own independent consulting practice in Philadelphia. Taylor also worked at Bethlehem Steel Company in 1898 where he used his expertise to resolve machine efficiency and productivity and capacity problems. However, this did not last for long, so in 1901 Taylor resigned from the company and began focusing on marketing and promoting his scientific management strategies and ideas. As part of this effort, Taylor created “The Principles of Scientific Management” and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Pennsylvania. Taylor eventually became a Professor, teaching and researching at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Taylor died shortly after his 59th birthday on March 21, 1915 after developing pneumonia. The Father of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor was laid to rest at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Pennsylvania. However, his accomplishments and great impact on our management and business practices will continue to shape leaders, managers, and organizations as we proceed into an uncertain future.