HBX, HBS’s Online Education Initiative, Announces Agreement with Amherst College

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The FINANCIAL — HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, announced on April 27 that it has entered into an agreement with Amherst College to provide additional benefits for Amherst students participating in the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. This is the first of several similar agreements with other colleges and universities that HBX expects to announce in the coming weeks.

CORe is an 11-week online program created for students to learn the fundamentals of business on a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School faculty. HBX CORe was first offered in summer 2014. It has since been offered to three more cohorts. The next program is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2015.

The agreement with Amherst College aims to increase access to HBX CORe for its students. As part of the agreement, HBX will reserve seats in upcoming cohorts for Amherst undergraduates. With the students’ permission, Amherst College will verify their financial need information to enable HBX to award additional financial aid to those with need, thereby making HBX CORe more financially accessible for Amherst students. A similar arrangement has been in place for Harvard College students since last summer, according to Harvard Business School.

“HBX CORe is a program designed to equip students of any background with an understanding of business fundamentals and to prepare them for the workplace,” said Harvard Business School professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX. “By its design – an online program that students can take even while they’re working during the summer – HBX CORe allows students to continue to pursue their other intellectual passions in college, whatever these may be, from art history or psychology to music or biochemistry. We are delighted to partner with Amherst to create additional opportunities for its students to participate in the CORe program.”

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Ursula Olender, director of the Amherst College Career Center, said, “HBX CORe is one of the premier programs designed to teach students the language of business in a format that is not only of the highest quality, but affordable. This program is ideal for students entering any arena in the workplace, be it a large organization or start-up, whether it’s in the private, nonprofit or public sector.”


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