HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital education initiative, has entered into agreements with more than 25 colleges and universities to provide additional benefits to their students taking the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program.
CORe is an online program to teach the fundamentals of business thinking. It is aimed at undergraduate students or early-to mid career professionals, to the intricacies of a business career.
HBX says the program would benefit such people like engineering graduates, hoping to land a job in Silicon Valley, those looking to work in a non-profit after graduation or a law school graduate preparing for first job at a corporate law firm. Or even an art historian with a dream of someday opening an art gallery.
HBX also makes it clear that CORe is not outsourced. “We have created the content, we are delivering the teaching, and we have designed the platform. This is us, our thinking, our philosophy of learning, our approach to business education, digitally reimagined for those of you just getting started in the world of business.”
Launched in 2014, CORe comprises three courses–Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. It has program start dates throughout the year and has enrolled more than 8,500 individuals to date.
The 8-week highly accelerated cohort program starts in July, a 12-week program from September and a 14-week program (with a 2-week break from December 23-January 5). The credential cost for all three is $1,800.
Collaborating colleges and universities would be able to expand student access to CORe through increased levels of institutional need-based scholarships from HBX to current undergraduate students.
Institutional need-based scholarships for HBX CORe are offered to qualifying students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Since the launch of HBX CORe, over $1 million in institutional need-based and military scholarships has been awarded.
In addition to the collaborating colleges and universities, five institutions had last year entered into agreements with HBX to offer HBX CORe as a component of other academic programs.
These are India’s Ashoka University, Mauritius-based African Leadership University, Boise State University, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. Boise State University is the first public university to offer HBX CORe to its students through an integrated program.
The list of colleges and universities that have entered into collaboration agreements includes: Amherst College, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Bowdoin College, Carleton College, Colby College, Colgate University, Colorado College, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Hampden Sydney College, Harvard College, Harvard Extension School, Mount Holyoke, Pomona College, Rhode Island School of Design, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Spelman College, St. Lawrence University, St. Olaf College, St. Thomas University, Vassar College, Washington College, Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, and Williams College. (Image Courtesy : digital.hbs.edu)