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UPDATED: Boise State Releases Additional Information About Harvard Business School Partnership

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- Patrick Mullane, of Harvard Business School, introducing HBX at a May 26 gathering of Boise business leaders in the Stueckle Sky Center. -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Patrick Mullane, of Harvard Business School, introducing HBX at a May 26 gathering of Boise business leaders in the Stueckle Sky Center.


Updated Post: Thursday, May 26, 3:45 p.m.

Boise State University has released more information about its new partnership with Harvard Business School.

The 12-week HBX program, developed and administered by Harvard Business School, will work in conjunction with the Venture College at Boise State University's College of Innovation and Design. The Boise State collaboration is HBX's first deployment at a public university.

Boise State students who complete the program, which is slated to begin in September, will receive a Credential of Readiness from Harvard's HBX program, which has been described by its developers as introducing "participants to the language of business," whether they be in business-oriented areas of study or not.

Students' costs will be $297 per credit.

Original Post: Thursday, May 26, 2:02 p.m.

Before a crowd of approximately 200 Boise business leaders, officials from Boise State and Harvard universities rolled out a new partnership that will allow Boise State students to participate in an online Harvard Business School program for credit.

"This is about looking to the future," said Boise State College of Innovation and Design Dean Gordon Jones. "We think it represents relevance."

The program is called HBX. It's a massively open online course (MOOC) that uses case studies, real-time Socratic-Method learning and other web tools to teach in areas of accounting, economics and business analytics. Its designers strived to port the experience of being in a real classroom to a digital environment, including "cold calls"—randomly prompting students to respond to questions with a limited time frame.

"We, being a bit sadistic, tried to find a way to incorporate that," said HBX Executive Director Patrick Mullane.

Boise State is the first public university to partner with HBX. Beginning in September 2016, students will be able to participate, earning nine credit hours from Harvard Business School through the program. Members of the community will also be able to participate at a cost of $2,500.