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MBA Program Pivot Wins International Recognition

The Hamline School of Business (HSB) was a finalist for curriculum delivery in the MBA Roundtable Fast Track Curriculum Innovation Award competition for successfully adapting the MBA Capstone for distance learning.

The University of Colorado Leeds School of Business was the other finalist in the category and the winner was an Australian institution, the University of Wollongong.

When the world switched to remote work in the spring, Hamline MBA students with a capstone project left to complete also had to make the switch. Faculty members quickly replaced in-person classes with videos bolstered by limited synchronous student presentations. In-person sessions with business partners became asynchronous videos. For the final deliverable, students created voice over powerpoint presentations that were followed by dialogues.

The result was that students accomplished work on the primary project and they modeled a pattern of virtual and remote communication and interactions the business client found quite helpful.

“The students delivered not just the primary project but also a method and approach to communications,” said Peggy Andrews, the HSB instructor who led the initiative to change the curriculum.

The MBA Roundtable is a global association of business schools. The organization created the Fast Track Innovation Award program “to recognize and reward MBA programs for their ingenuity and resourcefulness in continuing to deliver world-class graduate business education programs to their students in this time of incredible turmoil and change.”

Written by staff.