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headlines The State of Doctoral Education AACSB INTERNATIONAL AND its Task Force on Doc- toral Education have released a new report, "The Promise of Business Doctoral Education," which explores how business doctoral education can better address the needs, challenges, and goals of doctoral programs worldwide. "The academic community as a whole is challenged to evaluate how it approaches and delivers doctoral education," says Robert Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, and chair of AACSB's Board of Directors. "Many opportunities remain underexplored, including the role of school partnerships, business school and industry collaborations, and alternative recruitment, positioning, and placement strategies." In the report, the task force outlines a series of challenges and recommendations, both for business schools and AACSB. In particular, the report: I explores how business doctoral education can support individuals pursuing a range of professional paths within and beyond academia, as well as create new career paths between business and academia. I calls for innovations that expand access to doctoral education among underserved populations. I recognizes business schools and industry as critical partners in the development of doctoral level talent and the creation of relevant research. I stresses that doctoral programs should be characterized by rigor and provides suggestions for ensuring high-quality content, design, and learning outcomes. For more information, visit education. (See "Sustaining Scholarship" on page 50 for more on business doctoral education.) VIRGINIA TECH'S PAMPLIN College of Business in Blacksburg is restructuring its MBA program to devote more resources to its part-time programs in northern Virginia and other major metropolitan areas of the state. The decision has been made because attracting qualified students to the MBA has been challenging in recent years due to changing options and preferences, notes Steve Skripak, Pamplin's associate dean for graduate programs. During the same time period, he adds, part-time enrollments have held steady or increased. Under the restructuring, the school will offer three MBA formats designed 10 November/December 2013 BizEd for students in larger metropolitan areas who want to take classes while remaining employed: an executive MBA in the Washington, D.C., area; a part-time evening MBA, also in D.C.; and another part-time program, called the professional MBA, that alternates class meetings between Richmond and Roanoke. The evening MBA enrolls about 150 students, while the other two have about 50 students each. Skripak points out that urban locations are very attractive to the school's target population of 20- and 30-year-olds. School officials expect the changes to have no impact on the students currently enrolled in the full-time two-year program. AR I E L SKE LLEY/G LOW I MAG ES Virginia Tech Focuses on Part-Time Programs

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