University Business February 2018 - 11

Breaking with traditional models
The Fox School of Business at Temple
University revamped its part-time
program in 2015, essentially hybridizing
it. "The part-time program has seen
17 to 20 percent growth year over year
because the programs now speak to that
busy, working professional," says Darin
Kapanjie, the academic director of Fox's
online and part-time MBA programs,
which serve over 1,000 students
combined.
Students can choose to divide
their time between classrooms and
synchronous WebEx sessions. "It cuts
down on travel time and students can
take it from work," says Kapanjie.
Format-wise, students are also not
sitting down in a room listening to
a faculty member lecture. "They are
sitting with a team to solve a real
business problem," he says.
Such creativity and innovation is
a trend because schools realize they
can provide high-quality education
in different types of environments,
LeClair adds.
Keeping up with industry needs
"Business moves at a faster pace
of change than is typically seen in
academia, both in terms of how
technology is shaping industries and
careers, as well as globalization," says
Lerman. "We have to constantly update
our courses and bring in new course
offerings to keep pace."
For b-schools aiming to stay
competitive, expect innovations to
continue, says LeClair. "The theme
will be programs connecting more with
practice, with other disciplines within
the university, and with the communities
they're serving." -Dawn Papandrea

SECURITY/TRANSPARENCY

Colleges design more effective response
to hate and bias
An acute rash of hate crimes on America's campuses has made it necessary
for institutions to refine reporting procedures. The streamlined policy at The
University of Maryland, College Park, calls for community members to report
hate-bias incidents to the university's police department or to the Office of
Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, says Roger Worthington, the school's chief
diversity officer.
After an incident is reviewed, the offices inform each other and decide on a
response (such as expulsion) with the appropriate campus administrators. The
Office of Diversity and Inclusion coordinates responses and provides counseling
and other services to those affected. The Office of Diversity no longer investigates
incidents, unless there is a question of federal compliance.
An incident report log, under works, will be available to the general public to
ensure transparency. The website will be updated to include incident verification
and resolution, and will include names only if there are criminal offenses, says
Worthington. Verifying hate incidents is particularly important when keeping
accurate records. For example, a recent report of a swastika was false-the graffiti
in question depicted Muslim symbolism. These new steps will help to mitigate
misunderstanding around incidents, as well as promote an open dialogue around
events as they occur.
The university will also hire a hate-bias response coordinator to provide
prevention programming focused on keeping track of response and support
services. "Response starts to sound reactive," says Worthington. "We want to
restructure how we are doing diversity on campus." -Stefanie Botelho

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Temple University case study: Hybrid
approach attracts busy professionals
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CONSTANT PROGRESS-Congressman John Lewis and author Andrew
Aydin give a civil rights lecture sponsored by The University of Maryland,
College Park's Office of Undergraduate Studies, in conjunction with the William
L. Thomas ODK Lecture Series and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
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