Simmons Criticized for Making M.B.A. Online Only

August 27, 2015

Simmons College is facing criticism for announcing a shift in its M.B.A. program -- heralded as a rare business program designed for women -- to online only. “The Simmons M.B.A. was launched 40 years ago at a time when women were not welcomed in M.B.A. programs. Today, women are recruited aggressively for the M.B.A. wherever it is offered,” said a statement from the college announcing the shift. “An ongoing challenge for businesswomen is their very busy schedules, which require balancing many demands and can complicate their ability to travel to a campus to complete their degree.”

A Boston Globe editorial noted that college officials reported that declining enrollments made the in-person program financially unsustainable. The editorial also noted that many alumnae are upset by the change and believe their degree is being devalued. Under the hashtag #SimmonsMBA, many alumnae are voicing criticisms on Twitter, such as “failure of vision, failure to lead” or saying that the on-campus experience with professors and fellow students was the crucial part of the program.

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