MBA Learners Go the Distance

A troubled economy bolsters growth in online business programs.

Internet Gives M.B.A. Schools Global Reach

Business schools are moving quickly to harness the power of cyberspace chats to tap students from around the world. Many M.B.A programs are setting up their own social-networking sites and blogs, making it easy for prospective applicants to contact both current students and graduates.

Q&A: How valuable are online MBAs?

The number of schools offering online MBAs has risen sharply in recent years. But do these distance learning programmes carry the weight of their full-time counterparts and how are they perceived by potential recruiters?

The following panel of experts answered your questions about online and distance learning MBAs: Clive Holtham, professor of information management and director of Cass Learning Laboratory, Cass Business School, London; Matty … [ Read more ]

The Economist Distance Learning Ranking

The Economist Intelligence Unit has produced a ranking of the world’s top distance-learning MBA programs. Ranking distance-learning programs is not straightforward. Many of the quantitative data used to rank full-time MBA programs are of little use when it comes to distance learning.

However, if you are to study much of the program in isolation, a sense of connection to the school and good virtual learning materials … [ Read more ]

The Online M.B.A.: A Blended Approach

More business schools are promoting programs that mix Internet instruction with bricks-and-mortar classroom experiences.

Should I Seek an M.B.A. Degree From a For-Profit University?

Perri Capell on what to consider when choosing a graduate business-school program (specifically, University of Phoenix).

Do Online MBAs Make the Grade?

Their popularity is soaring, but some are diploma mills, making recruiters wary of virtual degrees. Here are tips for picking a good program.

Five Reasons to Get an Online MBA

Thinking about going for an advanced business degree? Here are five reasons to pursue it over the Internet.

Distance Learning Closes the Gap

Net-based enrollment is growing among professionals and execs, though finding the right program means doing more homework.

Understanding Distance Learning Consortia?

Distance learning consortia are associations or partnerships between institutions of higher learning that are created to provide distance education courses and resources to students. Most consortia are designed to provide students with greater course selection and more exposure to the expertise of a variety of faculty members. Some consortia also offer the additional value of centralized support services. Just as there are many examples of … [ Read more ]

Distance Learning Goes the Distance

Education will never be the same.

Red Flags to Watch for When Choosing Distance Education Programs

The many variables inherent in distance education programs also hinder easily or quickly checking quality. Course structures vary from asynchronous networks to video tape and print. Distance learning providers range from traditional institutions to brand-new virtual universities. Here are some red flags to consider.

Virtual Professor + Virtual Student = Real Education

Professor Richard B. Kettner-Polley made the leap from a traditional professor at the beginning of his career at the University of Arizona to his current position as Senior Academic Director at University College of the University of Denver.

For a period of one year at ISIM, he was the only full-time faculty member, worked with 100 students in a dozen countries, and gave exactly one … [ Read more ]

Online MBA Programs

This site mostly offers selected links and sometimes descriptions of different online MBA programs (as far as I can tell, the list is quite selective, certainly not close to comprehensive). Links to some other resources are posted as well.

In 1989, LLC designed and directed America’s first online counseling center for adult learners seeking accredited online college degrees. Today we operate the only clearinghouse in the USA dedicated exclusively to showcasing accredited online degrees.

Unlike other online degree directories, college experts at evaluate each and every program that applies to our site.

►Unaccredited distance learning colleges are barred from our site.
►Online colleges accredited by … [ Read more ]

Distant Thunder

Will computers cause a storm of change in education, or will the notion pass quietly?

Open Online Education Network (OOEN)

Education portal site focusing on online distance education; the site provides information on a wide variety of topics including online course information and college, university and online distance education provider information. The site also hosts forums.

CoursePal Online MBA Special

Here is a portal focused on the online mba. Find online program listings, financial aid information, articles, interviews, special reports, etc.

Back to School with E-Learning

The New Jersey Institute of Technologies Division of Continuing Education is offering a Graduate Certificate in Business Management Fundamentals. According to the Institute’s Janine Kroner, this 12-credit, Business Management Fundamentals Graduate Certificate was created to offer managers and professionals without any formal training in business necessary core knowledge in finance, marketing, accounting and management information systems. Think of it as a mini MBA.