Harvard partners with liberal arts colleges for business programs

HBX, Harvard Business School’s online education initiative, announces additional agreements with liberal arts colleges.

harvard-liberal-businessHarvard Business School’s online digital education initiative has announced that it has entered into agreements to work with several U.S. liberal arts colleges to provide additional benefits for their students taking the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program.

CORe is an online program, consisting of approximately 150 hours of learning, for students and early career professionals to learn the fundamentals of business on what HBX says is a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School faculty.

The newly-announced colleges are Carleton College of Northfield, MN; Grinnell College of Grinnell, IA; Hamilton College of Clinton, NY; Wellesley College of Wellesley, MA; and Williams College of Williamstown, MA.

The agreements with these colleges aim to increase student access to CORe by enabling HBX to offer increased levels of need-based financial aid for the program and guaranteeing space in CORe for students of the participating colleges.

HBX announced a similar partnership with Amherst College on April 27, 2015. These agreements are based on a similar arrangement that has been in place for Harvard College students since summer 2014.

HBX CORe consists of three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.  Launched in summer 2014, it has since been offered to three more groups of learners. It will next be available starting on  June 3 (11-week duration), on July 7 (8-week intensive format), and on September 9 (12-week format).

“The HBX CORe program has been designed to teach the fundamentals of business to college students and prepare them for the workplace,” said Harvard Business School professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX. “We created our own course platform to allow students to learn using Harvard Business School’s signature inductive learning approach. The CORe program leverages certain key aspects of the HBS learning environment, including real-world problem solving, a highly interactive experience, and the integration of social learning to allow participants to leverage the knowledge of their peers. We are delighted to partner with these five prominent colleges to create additional opportunities for their students to participate in the CORe program.”

To learn more about the CORe program, visit the HBX website at

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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