Delayed Jack Welch Online MBA to Start in January

Posted by: Alison Damast on October 27, 2009

Here’s some good news for students planning on signing up for the Jack Welch Management Institute, a new online MBA program: Jack is back. The former General Electric CEO’s plans to open his school this fall were delayed after he obtained discitis, a rare but curable infection of the spine After being hospitalized for nearly 14 weeks at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, Welch finally was released in early October. Since then, he’s been busy firming up coursework and curriculum for his online MBA program, according to a press release issued by the Jack Welch Management Institute today.

The school, which is affiliated with Chancellor University in Cleveland, will open its door to students on Jan. 4, 2010. Classes will be offered both online and at Chancellor’s Cleveland campus.

“I’m thrilled about the launch of the program in January; everything has really come together,” Welch said today. “A terrific team of highly respected academics and experienced practitioners has contributed to courses that do exactly what we envisioned – offer an MBA that is relevant, powerful, and unique, filled with real-world utility and infused with a management philosophy I deeply believe in.”

Welch also had some other news to report, naming Steve Kerr as executive director of the Management Institute. Kerr, who led GE’s Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, N.Y., and the executive education program at Goldman Sachs, will work closely with Welch and the school’s faculty on the vision for the school and the academic program.

Kerr says he is looking forward to his new role and creating an experience that will be unique for students.

“Classes will be small, students and faculty will get input from Jack, and the curriculum will be current and relevant to today’s news,” he says. “I think the Jack Welch MBA will be unlike any other business degree in the marketplace.”

The school’s curriculum will place a heavy emphasis on leadership, people management and strategy and finance. It will also be heavily infused with business know-how from Jack Welch, who will present students with weekly online video updates on breaking business news and topics.

Readers, are you planning on signing up for classes at the Jack Welch Management Institute? Do you think the school will be a success?

Reader Comments

mba program

October 29, 2009 7:57 PM

Providing college/university students with study abroad opportunities is an experience of a lifetime.

haddis tilahun

November 1, 2009 7:00 AM

I would like to know more about it, please forward sign up info.

Regards,

Haddis

Daniel

November 2, 2009 2:10 PM

It sounds great but it seems there is no online syllabus as to do assignment online rather than rely heavily on video presentation.

Jeffrey

November 4, 2009 5:00 PM

It sounds great that MBA is working closely to the weekly breaking business issue. More info on the syllabus is necessary to see how it actually work though.

George

November 4, 2009 5:00 PM

Yeah - how to become an media over rated leader... he was only the 5th best CEO at GE.... inspite of being around during the internet boom and missing it entirely...

I'll wait till a real leader like Steve Jobs opens up a school.

George

November 4, 2009 5:03 PM

Yeah - how to become an over rated (by the media) leader... what was trunp to busy.? Welch was only the 5th best CEO at GE.... inspite of being around during the internet boom - a little trend he incidently missed that'll entirely... glorified bean counter, whose "success" has not been reproduced by any of his Mini-Jacks like Nardellie at Home Depot and Chrysler.

I'll wait till a real leader/visionary like Steve Jobs opens up a school.

George

November 4, 2009 5:03 PM

Yeah - how to become an over rated (by the media) leader... what was Trump to busy.? Welch was only the 5th best CEO at GE.... inspite of being around during the internet boom - a little trend he incidently missed that'll entirely... glorified bean counter, whose "success" has not been reproduced by any of his Mini-Jacks like Nardellie at Home Depot and Chrysler.

I'll wait till a real leader/visionary like Steve Jobs opens up a school.

Patrick

November 12, 2009 8:45 PM

I believe this may be a door opener for mid career candidates, but would like to see more information.

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