On a Wednesday evening, sitting outside a lab in the heart of Oregon’s Silicon Forest, Steve briefly glances at his notes to prepare for a weekend exam while he waits 5 minutes for tests to complete. He is sure to carry a copy of his notes, digital or physical, no matter where he goes for micro-study sessions like this one. For Steve, it was Wednesday nights like these which defined his MBA experience.
What is the most distinctive feature of the University of Oregon’s Portland-based executive MBA program? Above all else, it is the program’s students. At the Oregon Executive MBA, accomplished professionals from diverse industries come together to earn their MBAs while they continue to lead full time.
Ever since business schools opened their doors, members of the higher education community questioned their existence. Can we call business an academic discipline? What is the intellectual purpose and social utility of a business degree? Questions such as these, along with legitimate frustrations felt by non-business academics, are eloquently articulated in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Business Schools Have No Business in the University.”