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NEW! Quarterly Trends Report For the Period Ending June 30, 2022

When preparing the Quarterly Trends Report (QTR) my primary focus is on the content archived and categorized for that quarter. In addition, I am scanning the previous two years of content to see if there are major trends surfacing that would interest QTR subscribers. In the past, I’ve included those topics in the category sections of the report. This quarter I am adding a section titled “Trending” where I will expand my discussion of a trend I find.

This quarters QTR is based on 765 content items added during the 12 months ending June 30, 2022, and 918 content items added during the 12 months ending June 30, 2021, for 1683 content items. For the current quarter, I archived 158 content items which received much of my attention while preparing this report.

Q2-2022 seemed to reach some level of normalcy with campuses adjusting to what some are calling a Post-Covid period. There is some sign that international travel is resuming even with airline and airport disruptions. Even with a movement toward a new normal, two topics rose to the level of “Attention Getting,” state level intervention in college and university governance and operations and rankings related issues.

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

Quarterly Trends Report For the Period Ending March 31, 2022

During the first quarter of 2020, we experienced a global crisis because of COVID-19. The crisis isolated learners and faculty from each other and interrupted global partner program interactions. We saw experiential learning opportunities shrink for many learners and programs. For the rest of the year, learners, faculty, and programs adjusted, mostly through technology adoption and use. While isolation drove change, all showed resiliency throughout 2020 and 2021. Some normalcy was approaching.

Then the first quarter of 2022 arrived, along with another crisis, when Russia invaded Ukraine. Rather than isolating, countries came together in unexpected ways. Organizations changed their business models to support Ukraine and punish Russia. Graduate program learners and faculty could observe firsthand the economics of war, both the good and bad, and how a war could change day-to-day commerce and education globally and locally.

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

Quarterly Trends Report For the Period Ending December 31, 2021

Graduate program management during the two years ending December 31, 2021 is best described as reactionary, with operations driven by pandemic caused conditions and technology adoption. However, campus leaders kept the focus on programs, faculty, and students getting back to campus, while program leaders and faculty focused on quality learning and delivery. Yet, there’s been little written about curriculum change, rapid change management, technology adoption, and what we have learned from a graduate program management standpoint. Capturing lessons learned by the academic community, especially in graduate management education (GME) is barely noticeable. Perhaps of greater significance, no one seems to admit that online delivery is here to stay and that it will continue to play a significant role in program delivery.

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

Quarterly Trends Report For the Period Ending June 30, 2021

The second quarter of 2021 ended much like the three previous quarters, with a focus on when programs will get back to campus. The silence about how online delivery saved programs is deafening. No one seems to admit that online delivery is here to stay and that it will continue to play a significant role in program delivery.

The experience GME program leaders, team members, and faculty gained during the previous 12-18 months is something to leverage. There is little written about the lessons learned and how we can use those lessons in the future to make GME programs more resilient, flexible, and adaptable to student needs. It’s almost as if everyone wants to go back to pre-COVID operating models and bureaucratic decision-making. Or is it that GME program leaders are giving the impression that because their programs survived the first year of the crisis, they can survive the next one, and perhaps the one after that if the crisis continues.

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

Quarterly Trends Report For the Period Ending March 31, 2021

The first quarter of 2021 ended very much the way the previous three quarters ended, with uncertainty about the future of GME and the acceptance by most graduate program leaders that online or remote learning will continue to play a significant role in program delivery. But there are significant unanswered questions that most GME program leaders will have to address, perhaps not immediately but soon. For example:

  1. To what extent should GME programs instill ethical behavior in their graduates?
  2. How will GME programs connect with employers to better understand their work force needs?
  3. How will GME programs address future of work issues?
  4. Will GME program leaders convert from episodic to continuous curriculum design and renewal?
  5. Will B-Schools change the faculty reward system to be more student centric?
  6. Will GME program leaders ever have a level of authority that is commensurate with the responsibility they now have?
  7. Will B-Schools create professional development programs for faculty, staff, and program leaders to help them do their jobs better?
  8. Will B-Schools assume a greater role in supporting and defending capitalism?
  9. Will campus budget issues place GME program leaders and the B-School under pressure to increase enrollments?
  10. Will campus administrators attempt to eliminate campus silos without reducing graduate program autonomy?

Unfortunately, I’ve found little written that will help GME program leaders address any of these issues. In this quarter’s report, like last quarter’s, I will focus on the leadership side of these issues when possible. Another way of saying this is I want to focus on how leaders can reframe the questions above to something that is more actionable for their circumstance. I will do this by posing questions throughout this report that help you get started with the reframing.

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

2020

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending March 31, 2020

The first quarter of 2020 ended with an abrupt shift in focus and execution for graduate business programs brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The shift resulted in all graduate business program shifting delivery to remote. For institutions and programs on the distance learning fence, the COVID-19 Pandemic pushed them to remote delivery with the potential for moving to a distance learning model post Pandemic.

The news media is full of articles about COVID-19 and how colleges and universities are reacting. Fewer articles are available about how GME programs are responding and the articles that are available focus on the move to remote work, decision making associated with classes returning to campus, adjustments to admission standards, and student satisfaction. While these are important topics, overall program management and the leadership skills required during the Pandemic are being ignored. I will try to focus this report on program management and leadership issues.

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

2019

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending December 31, 2019

As 2019 ends and 2020 begins, the news media is full of articles reflecting on the past year and predicting possibilities for the new year. Many of their reflections are obvious. For example, John Byrne in his article, “Eight Big Trends That Shaped Business Education In The Just-Ended Decade” reflects on GME trends during the past ten years and not just the past year. In contrast, Jeremy Bauer-Wolf’s article, “7 higher education trends to watch in 2020” focused on the current year and the expanded scope of all higher education. While both articles include content relevant for program leaders and team members, they lack actionable intelligence that program leaders and team members can follow. My intent with this report is to offer relevant content that both informs and provides actionable intelligence so graduate program leaders and team members can plan and act on the things that are most important to them and their programs. The context focused questions included in the following sections should help with the action plan development.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending September 30, 2019

This report starts with two attention getting topics, neither of which attracted much attention by the higher education media. Starting with a mess created by the UMass Board of Trustees, I give a brief overview of the situation and then a brief discussion. I do the same with the topic of key faculty departures.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending July 31, 2019

I start with two eye-catching announcements, one attracted a lot of attention and the other not so much. Boston University (BU) announced their new online MBA program. Their announcement garnered a lot of attention. The other that attracted less attention is the announcement by Corban University that they are starting four new master’s programs this fall. BU and Corban are private institutions and that is about all they have in common. Starting with BU, I give a brief overview of the announcement and then a brief discussion about how other programs may be affected. I do the same with the Corban announcement.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending March 31, 2019

I start with a brief discussion of two subjects that attracted less attention than I expected. The first is the Smart Campus or next-generation campus, a concept discussed in a Deloitte webinar this past February. The second is a pilot project I started about the same time which I called Crowd Sourcing the Unmet Needs of GME Program Leaders.

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

2018

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending December 31, 2018

The World Economic Forum in late 2018 popularized for us Globalization 4.0, the Fourth Social Revolution, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I want to add to the list by including GME (MBA) 4.0. What evidence do I have that GME, as an industry has entered the next stage of its ongoing development or evolution?

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending September 30, 2018

As I browse through articles looking for relevant ones to add to the MBA News Digest archives, articles ofen aggregate around topics that catch my attention. Included in the following sectons are articles that caught my attention and that I thought would help offer insight into what is happening globally with GME. Ten of the fifteen categories listed above are included in the following discussions.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending June 30, 2018.

An analysis of 271 archived articles for the second quarter of 2018 suggests that the graduate business education environment is still dynamic and that graduate management education (GME) programs are adapting. My goal with this report is to help you foresee, find, and decide which emerging trends will most impact you and your program. I also want to share with you how other programs are reacting to the changes that are most impacting them.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending March 31, 2018.

The trend of forming alliances and partnerships continued during Q1-2018. Twenty-six articles announcing an alliance or partnership appeared involving at least 52 organizations. The relationships are wide ranging and involve traditional academic entities, nonacademic entities, and emerging EdTech entities.

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

2017

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending December 31, 2017.

An analysis of archived articles for 2017 suggests that the graduate business environment is still as dynamic as ever. Like other industries, disruption is on the horizon, primarily because of technology innovation, unexpected mergers/acquisitions, innovative alliances/partnerships, and changes in educational preferences of the emerging digital generation of students along with the disruption that affects organizations employing program graduates. The effects of disruption include enrollment shifts, program closings, addition of specialty degree and program offerings, and the growth in new ventures with an education focus.

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

Graduate Management Education (GME) Program Management & Curriculum Change Report For the Period Ending September 30, 2017.

In this report I make 31 observations. While you may disagree with my analysis and the observations I make, I believe graduate program managers and faculty can use them as one form of input for planning and decision making.

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