Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
Professor Emeritus
Founder MBA News Digest & Academy

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Which is right for you & your graduate program’s learners, episodic or continuous curriculum renewal?

Which is right for you, your graduate program’s learners, faculty, & employers, siloed program management or holistic program management?

Are you using graduate program measurement, analysis & reporting practices to improve your graduate program’s performance?


I’m Rodney Alsup and welcome to the MBA News Digest & Academy. I have over 30 years of graduate program teaching experience and program management experience. Trouble answering, perhaps I can help.

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When talking with graduate program directors or their team members, I often ask them how their program was doing. Usually their response was preceeded with a pause followed with a vague answer like, “good – applications are up” or “enrollments are up.” Additional questions even remotely related to program performance resulted in more vague responses and an increase in discomfort.

I started thinking, are their answers because they don’t want to share information, or do they really not know how their program is doing?

Here are four questions any graduate program leader should be able to answer about measuring their program’s performance.

How confident are you that you know:

What you should be measuring?

Why you should be measuring it?

How you should be measuring it?

What you should be doing with the results?

To help you determine your level of confidence, I created a self assessment instrument you can use. And you’ll be able to compare your level of confidence to the aggregate reponses of your peers.

Introducing the MBA News Digest Academy

The Academy is the only professional development community for graduate program leaders and their team members.

It’s a membership site devoted to graduate business program management!

And it’s packed with in-depth, practical training and resources on all aspects of planning, building, running and growing a successful graduate program.

PLUS the community support you need to ensure your graduate program achieves its full potential.


Build a graduate business program you love, that generates predictable, recurring enrollments, and student success while living the life you want to live

Attract more applicants & keep them engaged and involved in your recruiting & enrollment process, so they stick around to become successful graduates of your program

Finally get a handle on the tactical side of building & managing your graduate business program – saving you hours of frustration

Eliminate the guesswork and stop throwing stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks by giving you a step by step roadmap to follow

Tap into the collective knowledge & experience of a community of graduate business program leaders, team members, and experts who are there to support each other

Become infinitely better at managing your graduate program on a day to day basis, so that you have way more time and far less stress


During my first year as a graduate program director, I didn’t have a clue about how to do the job.

You see, like many graduate business program directors, I was drafted by my dean to fill the position. It was the first Friday afternoon in January. I was working from home. At that time, I had no administrative responsibilities in my department or in the B-School. I was a faculty member preparing for the first week of class.

And the dean called! By Monday afternoon, I was the B-School’s executive MBA program director. By the end of the year I was the Assistant Dean for all graduate business programs.

My qualifications and training for these roles – nothing other than being available and willing to serve. Early on I found there was no job description, no checklist, no training manual, and no one for me to turn to with program management experience. I was on my own and I had to learn my job while doing my job.

My first year as a graduate business program director was met with many challenges. My success that first year depended on overcoming my fear of failure, my lack of knowledge, and my lack of experience. I discovered that each challenge provided me an opportunity for learning and growth.

What I learned is that a common body of knowledge for graduate business program management did not exist. While there are well developed segments of the needed knowledge base, I had to develop my own framework and approach to program management.

Today, most program managers have to do the same. After all of these years, it should not have to be that way. That is why I created the Academy.

The Academy is designed to help program leaders and team members at any stage of their career tackle the challenges they encounter, to help them thrive in their role, to grow their program, and to achieve a fulfilling career in graduate business program management.

Consider joining the Academy where you can learn from others and you can contribute to the learning of others.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look around.

Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
Professor Emeritus
Founder, MBA News Digest


Our framework for viewing your program’s moving parts so you know where to focus

Graduate business program management is all about adding value for enrolled students so they can do the job their employer hired them to do. We created a graduate program value chain that allows program leaders and team members to visualize the many moving parts of program management, including staffing, advising, and the related campus hierarchy and services.


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Prefer to learn on your own or need something a little more advanced? Our course library contains all the training you need on topics from curriculum management activities to alumni and employer management activities.

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Need advice and feedback tailored to your specific situation? Rodney will work with you to create a mini or micro survey so you can benchmark against other MBA News Digest subscriber programs so you can better address the issues you are tackling. Survey results are shared with Academy members only.


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We’ve assembled a cast of seasoned experts to teach you everything from email list building, to hiring virtual assistants, to mastering live video and much, much more!



We have a growing library of content for you to dive straight into as soon as you join. Content focuses on topics ranging from program information management, curriculum management, to onboarding new students, to quick win tutorials and expert workshops to deep dives on specific tactics such as how a faculty member created a new course or how a program leader managed the creation of a new program offering.

Learn what you need, when you need to, from wherever you want.


Our community is the heart of the Academy and the place to go for all your questions, asking for feedback, gaining support and getting to know other like minded program leaders or team members.

You can even get private coaching in the forum from Rodney and other community members for those times when you don’t want to share sensitive information or you just want some private accountability.

Experienced peers ready to help you,  your team members, and your program(s) flourish.

Included are issues focused white papers and articles written by subject matter experts that focus on graduate business program management issues. Plus a wide range of suggested operating procedures, checklists and cheat sheets, templates, and much more. All can be downloaded for you to start using immediately to support you in growing your programs and in your career growth.

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I enrolled in “Graduate Program Performance Measurement and Reporting Made Simple.” This course changed the way I think about measurement and why to do it!  I’m excited now about getting processes set up to help me do my job so much more effectively and efficiently!!

Christie Hough, Associate Professor of Management

MBA Director, Southern Arkansas University

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