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News from the Schools is all about new forms of learning, new offers and new opportunities this month. As more and more MBA programmes are flourishing in emerging markets, the U.S. is arming itself as well, it seems.

More online learning

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business is opening up towards online learning. In future the school will teach parts of its MBA core classes online via video lectures. It will utilize online learning methods such as online quizzes and discussion boards. About a dozen Tuck professors are participating teaching classes in Managerial Economics, Statistics for Managers, Corporate Finance, and Operations Management. Beyond the core classes, the school has trialled using videos for the two elective courses Retail Pricing and Service Operations as well. 

Expanding programmes

The University of Michigan is running a new MBA programme in California from autumn 2012 on. The university’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business will offer a 20-month executive MBA programme at the hotel Beverly Wilshire. The class will meet once a month. "This West Coast expansion allows us to build on a strong alumni presence in the region (and) respond to a market need," Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Ross School of Business, said in a statement.

Growing competition

Valparaiso University will establish a master's in business administration programme close to the famous University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Valparaiso University is an independent Lutheran school and its Valparaiso School of Business is an AACSB accredited school. Despite the close proximity, Valparaiso University was quick to state that they are not in competition with the University of Chicago. "They have a premier MBA programme that costs $120,000. We're in a different market," said a spokesperson. Valparaiso charges $699 per credit and its MBA programme has between 38 and 52 credits.

Another Chicago offer will start in spring 2013. The College of Business and Public Administration at Governors State University (GSU) will offer an MBA with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. The MBA programme is fully accredited, takes 17 months to complete and is offered exclusively online. GSU is the only public university in the Chicago Southland region.

Sources:
Crain`s Detroit Business
Businessweek
Shoppersource
Crain`s Chicago Business

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