EMBA Degree Program Overview

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Cheryl Oliver, Director of Graduate Programs in Business

Learn more about WSU’s Executive MBA online degree program, including what it’s like to learn online, how an EMBA can help you reach your career goals, and how and when to apply. Topics included:

  • Washington State University & the College of Business
  • WSU EMBA online curriculum, faculty, unique opportunities, and degree outcomes
  • Comparison of EMBA & MBA programs
  • The online student experience
  • Admission criteria and process
  • Interactive Q&A


Moderator: Hello everyone and welcome to the Washington State online EMBA webinar and live demo. We’re gonna get started in just a few minutes. We’re gonna wait an extra 2-3 minutes for anyone just waiting to register and we’ll be in very shortly. Thank you.

Hello everyone and welcome to the Washington State online EMBA webinar and live demo. My name is Inram Hassam and it’s my pleasure to be your moderator for today’s call. I’d like to start by thanking all of you for taking the time to join us today. We do have a very exciting and interactive session planned for you. During this webinar, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the online EMBA program, ask questions about the school, the curriculum and also what it’s like to learn online.

During the webinar, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of learning online, how to navigate through the online platform, as well as how to communicate with your peers and instructors. Your presenter today is Cheryl Oliver, director of graduate programs in business for the college of business at Washington State University.

We’ll start today with a slide presentation, which should run approximately 15-20 minutes in length. We’ll then move to a live interactive demo portion of the presentation, followed by a brief Q&A session. Before we begin, I’d just like to go over logistics for the presentation and address some commonly asked questions.

All participants are in listen only mode. To ask questions, simply type your questions into the chat box on the right hand side of the screen and hit enter. All questions will be answered in the order that they are asked. And at the end of the presentation, I will read some of your questions out loud for Cheryl so she can respond directly. We will do our best to answer as any questions as possible during the Q&A session, however if we are unable to get to your question today, one of our enrollment advisors will be happy to follow up with you directly and get you all the information that you require.

Today’s webinar is also being recorded and will be posted online. We will send you an email with the recording link once it’s available. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to join us today and without further adieu, I’m going to hand it over to our presenter, Cheryl Oliver to take us through the presentation. Cheryl, it’s all yours.

Cheryl Oliver: Thank you Inran. As Inran mention, my name is Cheryl Oliver. I direct graduate programs for the college of business at Washington State University. Our office consists of a Ph.D. program here on the Pullman campus that has about 60 students in it studying to be future faculty at research intensive institutions. A masters of accounting program which is run out of our Vancouver campus and our Pullman campus. And an MBA run across all of our campuses and our online, and our executive. All of the MBA programs that we offer are tailored in the way that we offer the content to this particular learning office, but the diploma says MBA from Washington State University. So today as Inran mentioned, I’ll go over a little bit about the college. I’ll talk about why students would choose WSU. I’ll talk specifically about the EMBA online and we’ll do a little live demo.

Washington State University is Washington’s land grand institution. It was founded in 1890. Our history is that we were founded to be able to enhance agricultural pursuits back when President Lincoln was president. And that was when 92% of the population sought their livelihood through agricultural pursuits. So, through farming or working in the farming industry in some way.

Now, that percent is only two. And so as a university, we have been very entrepreneurial and innovative and, of course, grown into having a business college, an economics school, a communications school, liberal arts, as well as a veterinary med, pharmacy, nursing and soon medical – the remainder of the medical school in a partnership with the University of Washington. So, even though we were founded for agriculture and that’s still a big part of what we do. Now that what we have only two percent of the population really working in that area and the other 98 working primarily in different service functions, we’ve been very nimble over these years and adapted our curriculum to be able to fit that.

We are one of the nation’s top public research institutions. So, a lot of what happens here is research, but it’s not just research for the sake of research, it is research for enhancing and making lives better in all the different arenas that we serve.

We do have over 50 years of excellence in graduate management education. So, we have been offering the MBA since 1957 and we started offering it at our branch campuses over 20 years ago and we’ve been offering online degree programs for over 20 years as well. And so the way that some of those originally started were through correspondence and through some television transmissions to other locations and so on. And we’ve adapted over the years and we’ve waited quite a while to put our programs at the graduate level online because we wanted to be sure to offer something comparable to what we’re offering in a face to face environment and make sure that the technology that was available allowed for us to deliver that content, allowed for students to interact with one another, and allow for integrity of the program. So, there was a time when people were just getting materials through videotapes or cassettes and having to write papers and submit that back and they weren’t getting all of that interaction. That’s very important to us.

Again, research is a major focus at WSU, but you’ll also find that your faculty have a variety of different experiences that lend to teaching business in the curriculum. We have over 120 years of alumni legacy. Those are people that have over the years engaged with Washington State University, whether that’s donors, whether that’s participants in various scholarship programs, helping to teach in courses, offer internships, offer placement or just help expand that cougar network and we’ll talk a little bit more in detail about that later.

And then we have an international network of corporate alliances. And sometimes people say, well what international companies can you place me at? And we are not a placement agency. The relationships that we have are through our alumni or through relationships that our students, faculty and staff have developed globally. And those relationships can result in different kinds of tangibles. So, some of those would include on having live cases in your classroom that come from an international corporation. Or having a faculty member that’s been doing research with an international corporation and is able to bring that information to the classroom.

It could mean that you have a speaker. It could mean that you have an opportunity to interface with students who may work at another company and attend one of our partner schools. So, there’s lot of different ways with that international network of corporate alliances that benefits our students.

We are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is a really, really important consideration for you as you pursue your MBA degree. In order to be accredited by the AACSB, we have to go through very rigorous measures, do reports annually and having site visits by an accreditation board that comes and visits and interviews our faculty and our students and looks at all of the materials and reports that we put together.

And what they’re looking for is they’re looking for quality of faculty, they’re looking to see what our research outputs are. They’re looking to see what our work experience and our professional qualifications of our faculty are. They’re looking to see how large our class sizes are. Are our ratios sustainable and are they also low enough that our students are getting good interaction with their faculty. They’re looking at the quality of the students we bring in, how we make those admission decisions and then the outputs where students are being placed after or what kind of career trajectory do they have after. They’re looking at what kind of resources we devote on a per-student basis. And they’re looking at what our expected learning goals and outcomes are and how we meet those. And so we go through quite a bit of rigorous activity to meet all of those qualifications.

And what I’m telling you is the tip of the iceberg. Now you may hear from other schools, especially online programs that say, oh yes we’re accredited in the three __________ guide, for example and are both commissions on colleges and universities accreditation. That accreditation is also really important and it shows that in our region we’re showing that we are giving consumers a good opportunity for their dollars. It shows that we’re investing in them, we have quality faculty. But it is not a business accreditation, it’s a regional accreditation saying that for our region, the higher education board and the group here just to be offering a good service and product and good education.

We also recognize as a tier 1 institution, that’s a Carnegie classification, and we’re consistently ranked amongst the top 60 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. Our college of business is ranked 69th in U.S. News & World Report and we’re consistently named one of Princeton Business Reviews top business schools and those rate between 290 and 300 on an annual basis and we’re consistently listed there.

As I mentioned before, we are an innovative institution and constantly adapting to meet the needs of the market. We are also a highly academic institution and so where some institutions may offer a practical experience or ask you to show proficiency in practice in order to get a degree, we do have a strong theoretical framework and that is important as you go out into the world and are framing problems and looking at different ways to solve them.

But, we also make sure that we’re looking at that from the education perspective and business perspective and that we don’t get too bogged down in either the practical or the academic side. As I mentioned before, we are accredited and our faculty do have that real world leadership experience.

One of the things that is really important, especially for the executive students is that everything that you’re doing in the classroom is something we expect you to be able to go back into your workplace and apply in some way. Sometimes you may have more experience in one are than in others and so it may be something that, for example, if you’re in marketing right now and you’re taking a marketing class, you may learn some new techniques, but the amount of new skill that you learn and that may not be as high as what you learned in perhaps the steps course, our management and innovation course. There’s always something you can take back and we’re asking you in those classes what’s a problem that you’re facing in your work life today or what project that you’re working on where this might be helpful.

We do live by three pillars here in the college of business. We strive to help develop globally competitive business leaders. And we do that through a number of ways. One of the ways in the executive MBA program is an opportunity to study abroad and we’ll talk more about that later, the delivery of innovation and positive societal impact.

Delivery of innovation, as I mentioned when we were talking about a thing innovative, also comes through with our students and one thing that you’ll find out our MBA is that you won’t be doing a thesis and you won’t be doing a 4-8 hour comprehensive exam at the end of your master’s degree, you’ll be delivering a business plan and we’ll be coaching you throughout the second half of your MBA program on writing that business plan. And we’ve had a number of executives who’ve wrote their business plans around spinoff, a spinout of their current company. Maybe they’re an executive at a particular company, but they’re hoping to start their own and so they write the business plan around that.

There are a number of different ways that you can deliver that and then the faculty community will review that at the end and judge. And there’s also an opportunity for you to participate in the business plan competition if you like and pitch your idea to venture capitalists or angel investors and to get some really good feedback on your strategy there. And then a positive societal impact and that’s through everything that we do. How we treat each other, how we treat our students, how we treat our employees, how we treat the environment and so on. So, it’s not just lip service.

So, the WSU executive MBA program is considered a full-time program. It has the same faculty and curriculum as our on campus programs. The diploma will say MBA from Washington State University. We don’t put executive MBA on there because over the years the executive MBA program has changed. It used to be that executive MBA programs were programs where for a few weekends a year you would go and golf and have some really nice cocktail receptions and then during the day drink out of a fire hose as faculty came and gave you four or eight hour classes each day over the course of that weekend. And so maybe you went to four or five of those over a year and you were all done and you got an executive MBA, which is not the same as a full-time MBA certificate.

So to be respectful of a change in that market and to show that executive MBA programs on the whole have changed significantly, they really are more like what we’re offering here, we do offer an MBA from Washington State University. You will have small class sizes. You’ll have about 20-25 students in your classes that are maximum. You may see other people in your course space, but in the group that you’re working with with your particular instructor, that would be 25. And as mentioned before, it is the same curriculum. We just tailor it to the type of learner.

So for our full-time face-to-face learners here in Pullman who have very little work experience, if any were spending a lot of time giving them not just the theoretical framework but talking to them about professional development, giving them critiques on a regular basis as to how they weren’t showing up on time, their appearance, when they’re interviewing, their interview techniques, their resume. Talking to them about how they may be not looking at the bigger picture when they’re solving a save. How they may not be pulling in current events or news articles.

In the case of the executive students, we’re expecting that they’re up on the recent readings, they’re up on recent media outputs and they’re also paying attention to what’s going on in the theoretical portion of their program.

I’ll explain momentarily how this is a full-time program. You will be able to work fully online anytime anywhere. If you travel frequently for work, or if you just work long hours, you’re able to get it anywhere that you have the internet. You can complete the program in as little as 18 months. That means that you start and you continue taking classes until you finish, and that you don’t take a break from the program, otherwise it could take you a little bit longer.

And we have an asynchronous learning platform and what that means is that everything is already predesigned for the online student. So, there’s no time during the day when we say on Tuesdays at 9:00 you have to log in and watch this live lecture from the Pullman campus or the Vancouver campus. Everything happens right there in your core space when you log in and you look at it.

There are opportunities that are voluntary on your part, mandatory on the part of your faculty, to attend a weekly illuminate session. Illuminate is similar to a Skype product. It’s a Blackboard product. It allows you to see your course material and to interface with your instructor in all your peers on a regular basis if you so choose to attend those.

And then we do offer a wide array of services and resources for our students including academic advising. So, we’ll let you know what classes you need to join and when you need to join them and we’ll register you for those classes. You’ll have live 24/7 technical support.

We offer financial aid counseling. You will want to consider now, if you’re thinking about financial aid for the next year for the 2012-2013 school year at all, getting that FAFSA in by February 1. And so that will come live on the fafsa.gov website and you’ll need to fill that out January 1 or be able to log in and start filling that out. And of course to get priority, you’ll want to get started on that right away.

We will, like I said, offer registration assistance. We’ll make sure you get registered for those classes and anything that’s available to you in that space is something you can rewatch and reread as you study for your classes. We’ll also make sure that all of your resources are in that course space. You may have to link to the library through that cloud to get to your material, but you won’t have to go searching around for a variety of different pieces of information.

So, within your course space, you’ll participate in online discussions with your professors that are separate from those illuminate sessions. We have running message boards which I’ll be showing you in the course space or the LMS, which is also the learning management system, which is Angel. And you’ll be working with those students and peers. And that’s one of the really great ways to network is to start reading other people’s posting and then make sure to post your own. Other students tend to find that Facebook, Skype, phone calls, emails, there are lots of different ways to get to know your classmates and many people do.

We also have an active online student government which you’re welcome to participate in should you have the time. And we have access for you to the alumni association. Now, this is a huge benefit to you. It’s $20 a year and the benefits of the program far outweigh that cost. There are national discounts and various travel vendors and so on that make up that $20 really quickly. But it allows you to join the LinkedIn group for WSU alumni and see all the job postings, connect with other cougars, see what kind of activities are happening in your area and the chapters are very, very active.

One example, we have a recent graduate who is an undergrad recent graduate who I know who’s working at the embassy in China and he is active with the alumni association and posted that he would be hosting an apple cup, which is our University of Washington-WSU football game around Thanksgiving – he’d be hosting a party at his home and inviting local area alums to join him but you could see that kind of activity all the way across the country for football games for networking events, for introducing your small business. There are a variety of different opportunities for meeting and networking with people.

There’s also, through the alumni association, a wide array of career service materials and opportunities. Not just the job postings but also some exercises to help you with your resume, to help you with some personal assessment to see where you fit in your industry, if you’re thinking of changing companies or industries, what things you should consider. There’s an opportunity for you to look at a – I think it’s called going global where you can look and see what different requirements there are by country, what some of the different customs are, how you wanna tailor your resume, what’s appropriate, what might be viewed as inappropriate. So, a lot of resources are there for just $20 a year.

We do offer an integrated approach to business and entrepreneurship, so I don’t want any of you to walk away from this thinking oh my gosh, if I haven’t invented something or come up with a new product or idea, then this isn’t going to work for me and that’s not the point at all. We want you to be able to write a business plan so that at any time when your company or company you would like to start or company you’d like to move to, decides they’d like to try something know, you know all of the different parts and pieces that are integral into making that a success. And so, we will coach you through that and help you through that throughout the program.

We do have a nationally ranked entrepreneurship program and we use those faculties to assist you with that. And again, as I mentioned, you do have the opportunity to pitch that business plan in front of angel investors and venture capitalists who can provide you with funding. Sometimes people have sold their businesses that through their business plan. And then there’s quite a bit of prize money. People have gotten some really nice technological tools. They’ve gotten some cash to invest in their business or cash to do what they’d like with.

So, work on the plan begins immediately. What we ask you to do is start brainstorming and thinking about ideas and we ask you to work with your company to start seeing if there’s anything that you would like to do for them. About midway through the program, we’ll have you meet with your faculty who will start having you work on a feasibility study. They’ll have you meet with who we call gurus, people that have a lot of experience and expertise in the area you’re considering entering. And they’ll help you work through that feasibility study. So, you’re going to go out and decide is this something that’s feasible? Maybe you always wanted to start a data storage business in central Arizona. And maybe you find that that’s not the best place, but that there’s another option for that or that something already exists, but that they’d forgotten one critical element, and that’s where you can provide a service hoop. That’ll be the first step.

And then we’ll be working to coach you through that and talk about how you want to use that to expand your reach and your professional goals. Is that something your company should be expanding on or is that something you should be expanding on?

So the way that the program is full-time is that a student is in nine credits per semester and that’s three classes per term, five weeks per class. And to give you some perspective on how that’s different from a full-time face to face program, the students that are here in Pullman going face to face full-time would be taking five classes at a time. So, you’d typically start on campus between 7:45 and 8:00 in the morning and then they’d go through five hours of classes each day and they’d usually have the same classes every day depending on their schedule or they’d have three classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, two classes on Tuesday-Thursday, like an average college schedule and be devoting 3-4 hours per class to homework and studies in addition to that 15 hours of time in class per week.

That’s a pretty rigorous schedule and so all of those students do not work while they’re going to class. The students in Vancouver and Tri-Cities typically are completely part-time. They’re working and they’re taking one class over 16 week period of time. And so that usually takes them 3-5 years to complete the degree.

And the online environment taking the five week classes allows you to delve really deeply into that course material for five weeks time. Speaking as someone who went to school at the same time that I was working – I went to graduate school – I would leave work on a Monday, and go to class from 4-7, Monday nights late. And then Tuesday working and working on my schoolwork. And then Wednesday night go to another class from 7-10. And then from that evening and Thursday and Friday trying to catch up on coursework that’s due again on Monday. And then in the weekend, triaging and trying to get big projects done for both classes and just skimming the surface of each class over a 16-week period as I tried to triage work, professional, personal life and my schooling. In this instance, as I mentioned, you can delve really deeply into that material and in five weeks time be able to show some mastery.

We require 10 core courses, so four in strategic leadership, two in management of innovation and four in the functional business tools. That’s where you’re gonna be looking at your accounting, your marketing, your finance and so on. Not to say that there isn’t any of that in the strategic leadership of the management but those are some of the major functional business tool areas. And then we do have elective courses which we announce and we base those on student interest, so there aren’t multiple, multiple options in that space.

And then we do have a study abroad opportunity each summer. The study abroad opportunity typically goes to China for 10 days and we can talk about that more momentarily. As you complete your business planning, you polish that up for the business planning course and then you’ll put together a short video pitching to some either investors or to your company. And that will be part of the review that’s completed by a core group of faculty who evaluate that for graduation.

So the optional trip, we’ve taken our students to China most recently. And the students meet in China, so you purchase your own air ticket and the cost on our end is for your tuition for the class and for the excursions and the room and board while you’re there. We do have a partnership with Chengdu China with Southwestern University of Finance & Economics. Our students do spend time in the classroom there with students at what we call SWOFE. And those students are working at a variety of companies there. In fact, you may find that someone is attending there that is also a member of your company and the international arena. And we also take those students to tour different businesses and this is at the executive level. So you’re not getting the tourist level tour, you’re getting an executive level tour. We’ve gone to energy related companies as you can see here. Healthcare industry, the IT service industry, technologies, a law firm, tobacco factory and have gone to Intel. So, we do have relationships there and are able to take students.

And then there are some fun times too. So, you’ll be taking the course, you’ll be doing coursework in international business, but you’ll all get to see The Great Wall and go see a number of other really great sites in China with the colleagues that go with you. And seeing some of the work that students have put out, upon their return from this trip and for that class has been really impressive. They’ve learned some really wonderful things and had a great bonding experience as well.

For our upcoming start dates are January 9 and May 7. So, that would be for spring and summer. And then in fall we will start in August, from August 20th. So, it’s not too late to apply now for the January start. We’d like to see all of your materials here by December 21 so that we can get you a decision before the holidays and make sure that you have your textbook and everything that you need to get started. And then for the May 7th deadline, we’d like to see everything here no later than about that time in April so we can make sure to get you a decision and give you some time as well.

So at this time what I’d like to do is show you a little bit about Angel and how that communication works in that course space. So, what I’ll do is I’ll take a little break from this and I’ll go into sharing my screen. So when you go to the LMS webpage as a student, it would read https://lms.wsu.edu. There are general announcements here. And we do have a robust tutorial for students that are using the LMS. I’m sorry, it looks like I’ve put in an incorrect username and password here. Let’s try that again.

So, this is my homepage and I’m listed as faculty for all of these classes so that I can have some transparency into them. So, when you’re looking at your homepage on the LMS, you will see your announcements on the right hand side. You will see the course mail and the toolbox through the middle. On the left hand side where it was courses, you’ll have a much, much shorter list. Each time that you register, your courses will show there. So, there won’t be this really long list here that I have.

So, this is just a demonstration course because if I showed you any courses that had current students in it, I could be exposing you to their personal information and I don’t want to do that out of respect for their work and their privacy. So, I’ll walk you through this and show you some hypotheticals in terms of the student work. When you look at this space here and we’ve got this gentlemen with the glasses at the top, this is the way that all of your classes will look. You’ll have that top header bar and then a course overview. And a course overview is written by your instructors who are teaching the class to make sure that you know exactly what you can expect from the course.

One thing I think is really important for students to remember to read are the course goals and objectives. Our faculty layout, the course goals and objectives, across the curriculum, so Vancouver’s course in marketing, Tri-Cities’ course in marketing, Pullman’s the online – everyone has the same goals and objectives. And then as they design their assignments, they map those back to the different course goals and objectives to make sure that everything that you’re doing that five week time is cogent to the topic. They’re not just pulling articles because it seems interesting to them. They’re not just pulling articles because they thought it was a fun thing to read or it was new news this morning.

They were really mapping what they’re giving you to these goals and objectives. And as you’re doing assignments, if it’s kind of tough to get through something, it’s nice to be able to go back and say ah, I can see that this is going to help me obtain better understanding and basic theoretical principles of consumer behavior. I get why they’re giving me this assignment now. So, we make sure to put those in every course so that you can see what the purpose of that course will be.

So, I’ll go back over to my menu now and I’ll go to content. I’m going to expand that. If I select the home tab, it’ll lead me right back to this page. So, the home tab is where we are today and then we’ll click syllabus. So the syllabus is just like what you would get if you were in a full-time classroom setting. If you’re going to get an overview of the course, what you can expect, the course instructor’s contact information, this is a bio here. The instructor of this course is Dr. David Sprout. He’s our associate dean for graduate professional and international programs. He’s also the Scott and Linda Boeing chair and professor of marketing. And he is a well known marketing researcher and consumer behavior.

You’ll have the list of required textbooks here and like I said we’ll make sure you know well ahead of time what those textbooks are and the various ways that you can purchase them to make sure that you get them on time and that you’re prepared. And then here, the online readings will be in the course space. And then we will always list the required software.

In general, any software that’s above and beyond the requirement for the online course space will be listed in your required textbooks or materials so that you can get those bundled with a textbook in some way. And outside of statistics, there are very few requirements.

So, again we’ll have a course overview, just like on that main page. The course goals and objectives will be repeated. The time commitment will be listed here. We ask our faculty to consider your busy schedules, and so we ask that goals and objectives be met within 20 hours per week on average. And so that means the time you spend reading the course material, being in the course space and doing the work and doing your studying.

Below that, you’ll have a description of all of your coursework, what kinds of work you can expect, you can see in this class that there will be assignments, individual assignments and an individual final project. But there are also exams, there are discussions that are required that are specific and then some participation in other online discussions that will be a portion of your grade.

There will be a course schedule. In this case, the course schedule has its own link and I’ll show you that momentarily. And then a description of how grading occurs and I know that there are some funny little symbols in here and I apologize for that. We do require a B grade per course to be passing. So, a 3.0 is required for graduate school admission and to continue on from semester to semester.

We have instructor feedback here. Some instructions from the instructor on how to seek that and what to do with that information. The late work policy, the incomplete policy, academic regulations including academic integrity and we’re very, very strict about that. Students who have a disability can contact our WSU access center and we’ll make sure that those accommodations work for you in the online arena as well.

And then there’s opportunities for online discussions and so on. And then we have our library support. And that’s really critical in the orientation space for executive MBAs, we also have a really nice tutorial on how to use the various databases, electronic publications and so on that the library is able to get for you. So, the syllabus is very robust and gives you everything you should need for the course.

We’ll go now and look at the course schedule. And then I’ll also show you the modules and this is just a different way of having the course outlined. So, here you see the modules without dates and times, just with the discussion topics. Back at course schedule, you’ll see it as a week by week, so very similar to what you might have received in a face to face printed out paper syllabus, but with a link to the different requirements.

So, assuming we had just started the course on January 11, we’ve got a topic which is the introduction to consumer behavior and our two assignments. And we’ve got an introduce yourself activity. So, I’ll look at my first assignment and it says that this is a non-graded assignment and that the instructor really just wants me to put into the discussion board my educational background and work experience, couple of personal details and then that allows the instructor to know who’s in the class. And it allows other members of the class to know each other and see who they may want to add to their network. So, that would be a pretty easy one for me to do.

Then here we’ve got our introduction to consumer behavior and we’ve got – I’m going to just go to the PDF version. I’m not going to click into the media center, but this is a narrated PowerPoint. If I didn’t want to kind of jumble up our WebEx presentation here, I would have clicked on the media center so you could hear Dr. Sprout’s voice giving you the introduction to consumer behavior. So, it is a four point slide.

And what we’ll do is I’ll just show you what they look like. So, we’re looking here, Dr. Sprout, who’s sitting in the middle of this picture would be talking about culture, memory, value, situation, attitudes and social class. And he’d be talking about all those different parts and pieces. And this slide does look rudimentary but I tell you when you look at the media version of it it would pop the different things up in the right places.

He’d continue speaking through this slide and here. And we’d be all done with our slide and we’d go back to our assignments. So now that we’ve gotten this lecture, he would ask us to answer questions detailed above in this overview here in three or four paragraphs and then tell us how to submit them. In this case, what he’s asking us to do is to submit it to his inbox so that he can review it and give us a grade. But to also submit it to the discussion board, and the reason for that is that other students need to be able to read and post.

And so usually you only have to post on X number of assignments that are out there or posts by other students. You don’t have to read all 20 of the other students material and post on it. And the reason he would ask for your assignment in the inbox is so that he could grade it and within the discussion board remains a discussion item, not something where other students would see your grade.

So that’s an overview of one of the modules. We’ll go up here now to the communicate tab and in the case of this class, we’ll start back up here at the top. You’ll have your own inbox. And so you can compose a message and you can send it to your professor or you can click the to line and you can select people from your class. And then what you can do is make sure that this forwards to your own email as well.

And then you’ll have an inbox here in this section, just like I have a regular – there’s nothing in mine obviously, but just like a webmail. So, you can see direct messages here. This area here would notify you if you had any new messages. You could also get that sent to your Outlook inbox or any other email feature that you use. You could forward that there, so you would know when something came through from the class.

And then over here, you have announcements from the instructor. So here, if there were announcements, under the post title, there would be a bolded title here, so maybe it would say exam one. And then it would say author Dr. David Sprout, when he posted it and then how many replies there were. And then if you hit the plus sign under that comment, you would see the thread of different things that people may have written back to the instructor. You could also create a new post here yourself very simply.

One of the nice things about the way this class is laying out is that you’ve got your announcements from the instructor and then you can send questions to the instructor here. And the instructor can either follow up with some kind of message to the whole class, if it’s question he’s seen frequently or believes will be frequently seen, or correspond with you directly.

The introduce yourself activity is dropped in here. The module one assignment discussion, module two and so on. As you look at these, you’ll note that each module has a discussion board similar to the announcement from the instructors and it’ll be a threaded discussion that you can just read write on down through here and you can look at it in a variety of different ways. Once there’s something here, it allows you to make some selections about how to view them.

But what’s nice is that everything is here and you don’t have to stick in one section and read through hundreds and hundreds of comments to see what’s going on. Each assignment for this particular course has its own space for a discussion. If you’re in groups, you’ll find that group one would have its own discussion board, group two and group three as well. So you’d have an opportunity to talk in that space with just your four or five teammates rather than the entire course.

So, we are in the discussion board which can also be accessed from the left-hand side. And some of the courses will use a calendar. This one is expired because this course was taught earlier, but typically it would have all of your due dates and different assignment entries here and you could also make personal entries if you would like to hold onto that. So at this time I’ll close out of the Angel course space and I’ll come back to the PowerPoint and take some questions.

Moderator: Perfect. Thank you so much Cheryl for that presentation. We’re now gonna open up the floor to any questions that you might have. We can take a few at the moment. Cheryl, what I will do is I will read the questions as they appear in the chatbox window and then I’ll have you answer them. The very first question that we have here is I understand that in certain programs the GMAT can be waived depending on the level of work experience. Would you mind shedding some light on GMAT requirements for the EMBA program?

Cheryl Oliver: Certainly. The GMAT is a good predictor of success in an MBA program, so we do ask our candidates to submit one. If a candidate meets all of our other minimum requirements, the 3.0 GPA, the ten progressive years of experience with a minimum of seven of those being managerial, the letters, all of the other pieces that are part of the application process, they may submit a form that asks for the GMAT be considered waived. We’ll review that very carefully and may consider a wavier.

In the case of people that don’t meet those minimums, we won’t be able to give a GMAT waiver. We will have to use that GMAT as part of our review of students and we only do that on a 10% per class basis and the person has to be a really high achiever in some other areas. So, if someone does meet our minimum requirements, I’d encourage them if they don’t wanna take the GMAT to fill out that form.

Keep in mind people who aren’t willing to take the GMAT need to approach that really carefully because balking at an entrance requirement may also mean you balk at some of the course work or may give that perception, so it’s good to be really careful about that.

Moderator: Great. And we’ll take two more questions here. One of the questions on the screen here says for the ideal average class size, what is the average scope of a student in terms of age of work experience and age?

Cheryl Oliver: Okay. Right now, our average age is about 42. So, most of our candidates have over 20 years of progressive work experience. Again, that’s the average. Our minimum requirement is that you have ten years of work experience after your bachelor’s degree that are progressively responsible and showing management. Now, you can have that many years work experience, but this is truly an executive program. And I know there are executive programs out there that don’t limit themselves to executives, but I think that’s where the value disappears for the executive. We do want to make sure that everybody in the course space is getting an experience that allows them to network with like peers. And are able to really add value to one another, so we’re very strict about that. I think I mentioned earlier and just ’cause I’m seeing questions pop up, that we do have time until December 21 to start for spring, so for January 9. So, I do encourage you to apply.

Moderator: Excellent. And I’ll take one more question here. Is it possible for prospective students to get in touch with current students in the program?

Cheryl Oliver: Not until they’re admitted, but once you are admitted, the way that the schedule works is that you will join in with students who are currently in the program. So, you won’t join as a cohort, all new students won’t join as new students together blind leading blind. It will be new students that are joining current students and you’ll have new students join you the next term and so on. So we continue to build on that class going through. So, you’re not separated.

Moderator: Excellent. I think that’s an important point of clarification, thank you for that Cheryl. I think that’s all the questions that we have at this point. Again, I do wanna thank everyone for taking the time today to participate in the Washington State online EMBA webinar and live demo. I wanna thank all of you for the feedback that you’ve provided with regard to the interactive aspect of this session. Once again, if there are questions that you do have with regard to your application or any questions about the program at all, our advisors are a great group of people in our admissions office and they’re more than happy to help you answer any of those questions. If you’d like to have an advisor contact you directly, please leave your contact information in the chat window and we will ensure that an advisor follows up with you directly.

Once again, we hope that the session’s been very useful and we wanna thank you again for participating and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you very much.

Cheryl Oliver: Thank you.

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