MBA Program declining enrolment

Is the world saturated with MBA degrees? In general, enrollment in MBA programs is decreasing in North America, while enrollment in countries like China and India is increasing. These statistics are right in line with other job trends around the world, however. Declining economies in North America and Europe seem to be giving way to emerging powerhouses like the Chinese economy, and the gigantic surge in India’s economy.

What is Causing it ?

The decline in MBA program enrollment is uneven – part time programs are significantly less popular lately, and while full time program enrolment has also declined, it has been a much less dramatic drop. The reasons behind these declines in enrolment are somewhat difficult to pin down. It may be due to the fact that the MBA degree in general has lost som of its cachet since the financial crash of 2008, since the world watched as thousands of people with MBA degrees took the world’s economy to the brink of disaster, and apparently were not capable of predicting the crash, let alone stopping it. The high cost of obtaining an MBA degree may also play a part, since unemployment is high, wages are stagnant, student loans are expensive, and the average person is becoming less and less able to afford an expensive education. It is also possible that business schools have enjoyed high application volumes for so long that they have gradually raised their entrance requirements to the point where fewer people qualify for the course.

Online Teaching Skill Set

By 2020 we all had thought that Online Universities and Degrees would be the Primary method for advanced education and that the classrooms would be gone the way of the Dinosaur.

There are many reasons this has not entirely happened so far, despite the fact that online Universities and Online Colleges have made massive inroads into growing their niche.

One problem that has become painfully obvious is that Teachers for Online Courses need to have an entirely new skill set to teach virtually.

The entire process has different needs and requirements, not the least of which is to re-create the classroom environment that allows all students to follow along and ask questions as needed.
Harder still is the teacher needs to use the far more limited ability to monitor students and be able to pick out those students requiring extra help or who are falling behind.
Students who find online degrees classes challenging are the ones that professors must be able to pick out and help otherwise they risk loosing so many students that the University will not be able to keep offering that class.

Online Classes

Online MBA Thriving

The one area that seems to be thriving in MBA programs is the online option. This may be due to high numbers of people earning their MBA degrees while simultaneously holding down a full-time job. The online course offers a degree of flexibility that none of the full-time or even part-time courses are able to.