Workshop Agenda

Best Practices in MBA Curriculum Review and Design

January 16, 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona

Mountain Shadow Resort - Paradise Ballroom North
Draft Agenda – as of 12/12/2017*


8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast  
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions Joe Fox – President, MBA Roundtable
Jeff Bieganek – Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
9:15 – 9:45 Asking the big question – Why a curriculum review? Joan Brett, Arizona State University
9:45 – 10:15 What makes up a curriculum review – Frameworks to establish the who, what, when and how Jeff Bieganek, MBA Roundtable
10:15 – 10:45 A Mission Driven Approach to Curriculum Review JoAnne Starr – Assistant Dean, Strategy, Curriculum and Rankings, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
10:45 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:15 Curriculum Review Exercise – Curriculum Mapping
Ron Cramer - Strategic Learning Consultant, Division of Information Technology and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Chris Dakes - Director of Educational Innovation and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin – Madison
12:15 – 12:45 Working lunch (continuation of exercise as needed)  
12:45 – 1:45 What about your market? - External Review and Research Brian Cameron,  Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Pennsylvania State University
1:45 – 2:00 Break  
2:00 – 3:00 Now What?  Choosing the right innovations for your institution, market and budget Joe Fox – President, MBA Roundtable
Panel - TBD
*schedule, agenda and speakers subject to change

Speakers and Panelists:
Joe Fox - President, MBA Roundtable
Joe Fox served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis from December of 1998 through July of 2017. In this role, he had comprehensive management responsibility for the full-time MBA program, the evening Professional MBA (PMBA) program as well as specialized masters programs. Previously, Fox had been at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he had served as Assistant Dean and MBA Program Director for nearly 18 years. He has a long-standing association with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he served for 5 years on the board of trustees and was the chairman of that board. He currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the GMAC Board. Fox was also a long-standing member and of the Board of Trustees and the Corporate Vice-president and Treasurer for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM). In 2010, he was elected to the board of the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) and in 2014 was elected President of that organization – a position he still holds today. He was also a member of the Forté School Advisory Council. Fox also sits on several other local and national education related not-for-profit boards.  Fox has recently established his own consulting firm (Joseph Fox Consulting Services, LLC) to provide strategic and tactical assistance to the graduate business education community. He resides in Mequon, Wisconsin.  Fox received his BSBA degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and his MBA from Marquette.

Jeff Bieganek  - Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
Prior to joining the MBA Roundtable, Jeff was the Director of the Omnium Global Executive MBA Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  As Director of Omnium, Jeff oversaw all operations of the program that delivered learning modules in Canada, India, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, UAE and Argentina. Jeff joined the Omnium program after 10 years at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where he served as Director of MBA Admissions and was responsible for recruiting and admitting students into the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs which had grown to over 2,000 enrolled students.  Jeff was active in the management of Carlson’s Executive MBA International Residency program, which traveled to China, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Hungary and Austria.  Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Executive MBA Council, as well has been active with the Graduate Management Admissions Council.  Previous career adventures have included managing a vocal academy, fundraising and marketing for an international dance festival and managing productions for a Broadway producer.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Management.
Ron Cramer, Strategic Learning Consultant, Division of Information Technology and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ron Cramer is a consultant for teaching, learning and technology issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has nearly twenty years of experience working in higher education on curriculum development, assessment planning, and campus-wide learning technology initiatives. He received his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and has since been collaborating with faculty and instructional staff on improving teaching and learning across a broad range of disciplines. Most recently, Ron has been working as a Strategic Learning Consultant within the Wisconsin School of Business to help the School move forward on several curricular initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Chris Dakes, Director of Educational Innovation and Learning Design, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Christopher Dakes, PhD, is the Director of Educational Innovations and Learning Design for the Wisconsin School of Business and a faculty associate in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has 20+ years of experience in higher education, teaching at all levels and conducts research on effective teaching, leadership, organizational change, and faculty development. His industry work and private sector consulting bring a strong blend of real world perspectives into the classroom for effective student learning. He has a PhD in Socio-technical Systems Engineering from UW-Madison, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Brian H. Cameron - Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Brian Cameron is the Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs in the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University and is the Founding Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.  Dr. Cameron is also the Founding President of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and designed and implemented the first online Enterprise Architecture master’s program in the world.   In his current role as Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Dr. Cameron is leading the design and implementation of a new portfolio of online and resident professional master’s programs and graduate certificates.  Professional master’s programs include inter-college collaborations with several Penn State colleges (Liberal Arts, Education, IST, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and others).  Part of this portfolio consists of the redesign and launch of the inter-campus online MBA program.  Dr. Cameron is leading a marketing strategy and branding initiative to better position the evolving portfolio of professional graduate programs in the increasingly competitive marketplace.  He has reorganized the current MBA program office structure to create a professional graduate education programs office to provide shared services to all programs.  Shared services include recruiting/marketing, admissions, advising, student organizations, diversity, mentoring, tutoring, career services, employer relations, and alumni services and relations as well as reorganized financial reporting and management associated with professional graduate programs.