Kennesaw State University expands…to India? For what benefit?

Kennesaw State University is growing by leaps and bounds just north of Atlanta. Now, though, they are expanding east…to India.

Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business will team up with a new Indian business school to start one of the country’s first executive MBA programs offered with an American university.

The collaboration marks the Coles College of Business’ entrance into India, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies.

KSU said it will help Mumbai Business School begin its first executive MBA program and teach the curriculum. Graduates of Mumbai Business School’s Post-Graduate Program for Working Executives (PGPX) will get certificates from the Coles College of Business.

The agreement also gives Coles College faculty the chance to teach at Mumbai Business School and will provide funding for research, travel and development opportunities for Coles College faculty.

“Our collaboration with Mumbai Business School will extend the Coles College’s brand into the heart of one of the most dynamic economies in the world,” said W. Ken Harmon, dean of the Coles College of Business, in a statement. “We are looking forward to a productive partnership that will yield benefits for both schools.”

This effort with the Mumbai Business School is quite interesting. But (and let me profess a pretty significant ignorance concerning how funds are distributed within the University System of Georgia), I’m curious just how many tax dollars are being spent to help citizens of another county obtain an MBA. If the answer is “zero,” then I’m all in favor of this effort. But if monies taken from Georgia’s tax payers are being spent solely to help establish the “Coles College brand” to the satisfaction of W. Ken Harmon (Website | LinkedIn) on the other side of the world, then I respectfully suggest that it is an improper use of tax dollars.

It’s for the children, after all.


  1. Chris says:

    It’s for the children, after all.

    Indian or American children?

    well, I guess American Children will be working for Indians, so its best the Indians have good management skills.

    • jerm says:

      Icarus you are spot on! And with all the budget cuts far less money is from taxpayers add more and more are from tuition and programs like this.

    • ByteMe says:

      Having gone through the ExecMBA at KSU, it’s most definitely a cash machine for them.

      Given the ExecMBA focus on doing international business, this makes a lot of sense for extending their reach and to also be able to bring Indian instructors over to teach how to do business in a 1 billion-person market that’s just starting to get a good-sized middle class.

      • Ramblinwreck says:

        I agree. I also went through and graduated in 1994. The cost at that time was nearly $20K. Has to be double that now.

        • ByteMe says:

          $24K for me just a few short years later. Haven’t been around the school for about 5 years now, so I’m not sure where the price is now. But it was absolutely worth every penny at the time.

    • Pete Randall says:

      A fair and astute assessment, Icarus. But my limited experience is that that formula for positive cash flow is true when a domestic arrangement is at hand. Here, we’re also talking about shipping faculty over there to teach and to fund “research, travel and development opportunities.” Why we need to fund a “travel opportunity,” I don’t know.

      Similarly, I strongly doubt that the Mumbai Business School is charging similar rates as Executive MBA students at KSU here in Atlanta. I base that, admittedly, solely on limited research of salaries for white collar workers in India. Granted, Mumbai is a more sophisticated locale, but I still wonder.

    • nast says:

      Spot on. At Emory we were told the full time programs cost money, but the Exec programs print cash.

      The downside is that as a result a lot of the top professors elected to teach only ExMBA classes. If you had a similar case at KSU, I could see some people being upset that faculty members were dedicated to the Indian program, no matter how much money it was generating, though.

    • keepthechange2012 says:

      All the obese kids at Kennesaw State found out that their Dunkin Donuts across the street was going close due to the new corporate policy of Dunkin Donuts that requires all franchise owners to hold an MBA.

  2. AubieTurtle says:

    Many tech workers who were replaced by outsourcing overseas or H1B visa workers will be happy to see MBAs from India doing to the management and executive ranks what they did to the IT field.

    • AubieTurtle says:

      Considering that India has 92% as many English speakers as the US does, that might not be a problem.

  3. Game Fan says:

    I guess it really just rankles some that the south doesn’t have a halfway decent Ivy League, cutting edge institution of higher learning that supports (and in this case takes part in) the race to the bottom. It’s all here, the mixing of politics, government and big business, education, the taxpayer, globalism, outsourcing, insourcing, ect… No, you don’t even need a tinfoil hat.

  4. Game Fan says:

    “Race to the bottom” is an expression I borrowed from John Konop. It’s from the Ross Perot line of thinking.
    Ivy League institutions are well-known as elitist/globalist/corporatist centers of power/learning/networking/ect… and, apparently also something which some are unable/unwilling to criticize.
    I was actually just trying to find the best possible example, for comparative purposes, of where KSU might be trying to be going, long term. Best example, IMHO would be Ivy League Schools. If you would like a more specific explanation, ask a more specific question.

  5. Romegaguy says:

    Do you need an MBA in India to answer telephones for American companies’ customer service lines?

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