Degrees of Enjoyment
Mixing education with pleasure, some MBA programs head to sunny vacation spots or tout their idyllic campus locations --
Get an MBA and a tan at the same time? Why not? Mixing business with pleasure is nothing new in the corporate world, where what happens on the golf course can be as crucial as what happens in the boardroom and executive retreats are as much an escape from the corporate world as they are an extension of it. With more and more firms stressing the importance of a good life-work balance, it was only a matter of time before the idea started trickling down to MBA programs as well.
Now, several schools are making part-time MBA programs more attractive for busy executives who are wary of sacrificing precious family and leisure time for class work. John Fernandes, president of accrediting board AACSB International, says it's all part of an overarching trend in the B-school world"flexible delivery"that began about 20 years ago with the first Executive MBA programs and exploded about seven years ago with the development of online learning. "It's no longer one-size-fits all," he says. "Now, just about anyone can find an MBA program that suits their lifestyle."
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