Davenport University believes that students most likely to seek and select a competency-based education program are highly motivated and self-directed with strong self-discipline and organizational skills, focused on career development with a clear sense of purpose and direction, and willing to explore nontraditional educational paths.
In January 2014, as charged by the university president, provost, and dean of the Maine College of Business, Davenport University began to develop its competency-based MBA (CMBA) Program. Designed as a significant alternative to the university’s other approaches to MBA education (a 39 credit in-seat and online MBA program and an accelerated Executive MBA program), a cross-functional university team of faculty, academic administrators, and staff, including representatives from admissions, advising, financial aid, registrar, bursar, instructional design, IT, and marketing, created the program, which launched in January 2015.
As a fully online program, Davenport’s CMBA is focused on multiple geographies, including local, state, national, and international audiences. It will build on a strong international population currently in the traditional online MBA program. The program also hopes to expand its online audience to other areas of the United States with a goal for initial program enrollment of 35 students in January 2015 and a growth plan of 170 new students annually by fall 2016.