SUNY-Buffalo Drops Online M.B.A. ProgramCRLF

Katherine S. Mangan, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Feb 21, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You can almost see the authors at the Chronicle rub their hands in gless as they conclude following the closure of SUNY-Buffalo's online MBA program that "the business school joins a growing list of institutions that have concluded that online programs aren't worth the expense and hassle." And of course, the other online learning email dailies (who shall go unnamed) pass along this conclusion without comment. Tsk tsk. Because the conclusion is just wrong. The MBA program at SUNY-Buffalo closed because it had only 35 students and would have had to charge $US 23,000 to recoup its costs. It wasn't the "expense and hassle" of online learning that sunk the program, it was the competition in a (now) fiercely competitive market for online MBA students. The Chronicle just has to get past some of its 'issues' with online learning if it expects its conclusions to be credible.CRLF
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