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Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business Renames Fast Track Program to the Babson Blended Learning Program to Reflect Market-leading Blended Online/Offline Experience

Babson College today announced that it has renamed its market-leading blended online/offline MBA program the Babson MBA Blended Learning Program. The new name reflects the unique delivery model this program features for students who prefer to access Babson’s top-ranked curriculum through a blend of Web-based, virtual, and face-to-face interactions.

“While the name has changed, the curriculum, structure, and innovative approach to learning will continue to provide MBA candidates with a top-ranked experience proven to equip leaders with a strong business foundation and an entrepreneurial mindset,” said Babson Provost and Senior Vice President Dennis Hanno. “For more than a decade, Babson’s blended-learning approach has allowed MBA students, especially working professionals seeking flexibility, to make the most of their time, their learning, their network, and their investment.”

Formerly named the Babson MBA Fast Track Program, the Babson MBA Blended Learning Program is one of four MBA program options offered by Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. All programs share a unified MBA curriculum in which students take the same core courses with the same faculty and can choose from a common set of electives. With this change, the Babson MBA portfolio will reflect program names that all inherently describe the delivery format in the name—One-Year, Two-Year, Evening, Blended Learning. All four programs lead to the same degree.

The more than 1,200 alumni of the Fast Track Program will continue to note their degree as a Babson MBA. “This new name will allow me to more easily explain to colleagues what the program is,” says Hans Olson M’14. “I know that my degree will be a Babson MBA, but I often also describe the program format so others understand my time out of office for face-to-face sessions and why the blended approach is so critical to maximizing learning opportunities.”

According to Dave Wilson, president of the Graduate Management Admission Council, “Roughly 14 percent of global prospective students in GMAC research surveys are considering an online/distance MBA program. Many of them want to keep working full time, and the format’s convenience and completion time are key in their selection criteria. Business schools will continue to explore ways to deliver education more efficiently, with more flexibility, and in some cases, more effectively. Blended learning is one of the methods that schools are exploring.”

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By Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 12/10/2013 12:00 AM