Harvard Launches First Online Offering
Harvard Business School has entered the digital education arena with CORe (Credentials of Readiness), an online business-focused program of three fundamental business courses for undergraduates and recent graduates of liberal arts programs. The initial CORe offering includes three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.
The strategy behind CORe is to reach out to segments of the student population the school has not actively addressed before, including undergraduates, graduate students in non-business fields, and those who are just starting out in business, but may want a stronger foundation of basic concepts.
CORe will launch in June with a limited cohort of rising junior and senior students drawn from the greater Massachusetts region of colleges and universities, as well as recent college graduates. Harvard expects 500 to 1,000 students to enroll in the beta version of the program at a cost of $1,500. Harvard expects to make CORe available nationwide in the fall of 2014, with an international rollout scheduled for early 2015.
According to a report in Poets & Quants, CORe is the first in what will be a portfolio of online courses and programs from HBX, Harvard’s newly established in-house online learning initiative aimed at developing a platform to support the delivery of its online offerings and broadening the school’s reach. “HBX provides a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria.
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