Champlain College Modernizes the MBA

— CCO Applies Systems and Design Thinking to New Online MBA —

BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Master of Business Administration (MBA) – long considered the higher
education stamp of readiness for corporate success – has been struggling
to fill that call, as many business leaders find that MBA programs fail
to impart the skillsets required by modern day enterprises
. But what
distinguishes a modernized MBA that is equipped to prepare today’s
professional for tomorrow’s quagmires and opportunities?

Fortune 500 CEOs have repeatedly shared that, when looking for
employees, a technical degree is not enough, and that creativity
and critical thinking are the lifeblood of their business
. To bridge
the gap, Champlain College Online reconstructed its long-standing MBA to
create a new Online MBA program, rooted in real-world applications, that
prepares adult learners with financial analysis, leadership development,
communication and decision-making skills. Students will graduate with a
sophisticated understanding of the quantitative side of the enterprise,
and also the ability to harness more integrative, creative, and
strategic approaches to modern business challenges that enable more
agile problem solving.

“Graduate-level business degrees are often necessary for career
advancement, but today’s business leaders are also looking for
candidates who possess the qualitative understanding to turn data into
actionable ideas,” said Peter Lotto, Global Business Leader &
Champlain College Faculty Member
. “Professionals now need to ‘look
beyond the spreadsheet’ and solve messy, complex global issues while
navigating institutional realities, cultural differences and conflicting
goals and perspectives.”

Rated as among the most innovative colleges by U.S. News & World Report,
Champlain regularly evolved its longstanding MBA program, but the recent
redesign amplifies the College’s commitment to meeting marketplace
demands from its federal and private sector partners, such as the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and MetLife. The new MBA program helps
working professionals recognize the institutional, cultural, and
external factors influencing their environment while advancing the work
of their enterprise. Students will graduate with the following essential
business competencies:

  • Complex challenge analysis using design and systems thinking
  • Problem identification and solution formulation recognizing impact
  • Effective communication using logical, persuasive, fact-based arguments
  • Risk evaluation through questioning underlying assumptions and
    emerging trends
  • Ethically balancing qualitative and quantitative factors, including
    interpretation of financial statements and recognizing contending

Champlain College’s Online MBA program is comprised of a core curriculum
and a choice of embedded graduate certificates such as: human resources,
advanced management, health care administration, supply chain
management, leadership or accounting.

“Champlain’s new MBA program provides adult learners with the core
competencies found in a well-rounded business degree and then adds the
options for specialization that set our students apart from other
graduates,” explains Dr. Mika Nash, Dean of the Division of
Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College.
“Our rigorous
curriculum, expert practitioners, and nationally ranked online programs
prepare professionals for rapidly evolving business environments and
allow them to immediately apply their newfound knowledge and sharpened

To successfully develop a competitive and nimble MBA program, Champlain
College Online looked at past, current, and future business trends and
issues to prepare graduates with the mental agility, self-awareness and
cross-functional dexterity needed to effectively tackle the challenges
that professionals will face throughout their careers.

The new MBA is also available to Champlain’s truED alliance partners
spanning more than 60 leading government and private sector
organizations. truED provides partner organizations and their employees
access to Champlain’s new MBA – along with 50 other 100% online
undergraduate and graduate programs – with considerable tuition
discounts. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please

For more information on the MBA program visit
or call 1-888-545-3459. Free webinars for all prospective MBA students
will be offered on Wednesday,
August 24
or Tuesday,
August 30

About Champlain College

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private
college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal,
Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate
experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more
than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and
certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher
education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information
and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is
included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition.
Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2016
as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States,
Canada and Great Britain. Champlain was named the #1 “Most Innovative
School” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “America’s
Best Colleges” and #14 in the overall list of “Best Regional Colleges in
the North.” For more information, visit

About truED®

truED is developed and supported as part of Champlain College’s Online
Continuing Professional Studies Division. Through the affordable truED
model, and alliances with leading organizations in government and
industry, Champlain College delivers accessible and immediately
applicable online higher education to help employees gain the skills and
knowledge needed to enhance their careers and achieve their
organization’s business objectives. Champlain’s certificate and degree
programs not only provide field-specific knowledge, but also the
critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills essential
for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit


Sage Communications (For Champlain College Online)
Lauren Horn, 703-207-0941