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February 24, 2004

Krannert brings new 'mini-MBA' short courses to Indianapolis, Chicago

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's executive education program is initiating two new short-course mini-MBA management training programs in Indianapolis and Chicago. The effort is named the METRopolitan Indiana and Illinois programs from Krannert (METRIK).

"Our internationally ranked executive master's degree programs attest to our thinking globally," said Mike Sheahan, director of non-degree programs for Krannert Executive Education Programs (KEEP). "But Purdue's engagement initiatives, especially geared to Indiana and the Midwest, also warrant our acting locally. We've enjoyed much success over the years teaching MBA courses on campus in our Krannert Center, but we'd also like to make them more convenient for lifelong learners in our nearest metropolitan areas."

Taught by the same faculty members who teach on campus, the METRIK programs feature much of the same content that drives Krannert's MBA programs – but in non-degree short course "mini-MBA" format. Both versions of METRIK cover the most important functional topics in the MBA curriculum: human resources, accounting, finance, human resources, marketing and strategic management.

The METRopolitan Indiana program will be conducted over a four-month period in Indianapolis. Classes meet two days per month over consecutive weeks from March to June in the conference center at INTECH Park One, located at 6325 Digital Way on Indianapolis' northwest side just off 71st Street between I-65 and I-465. The monthly classes include human resources (in March), accounting and finance (April), marketing (May) and strategic management (June). Participants may register for all four modules or attend them individually.

The METRopolitan Illinois program will be conducted over a one-week period in the Chicago area. Classes meet from Monday afternoon to Friday noon, May 3-7, in the conference center of ACNielsen, 150 N. Martingale Road, in Schaumburg. Like the Indiana version of the program, classes include accounting and finance and a seminar on current thinking in leadership, marketing and strategic management.

Richard Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, said, "When I arrived at Krannert, I envisioned our school contributing to a heightened Purdue presence in Indianapolis and Chicago. It was no coincidence that Krannert's glowing accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business included the suggestion that we also pursue the Indianapolis and Chicago markets. But most importantly, it makes sense that we serve the business community in these areas, consistent with Purdue's learning and engagement initiatives."

The addition of METRIK sessions in Indianapolis and Chicago brings to three the number of KEEP mini-MBA programs this spring.

Sheahan said, "We're delighted to be able to offer our new METRIK sessions to our friends in Indianapolis and Chicago. But for those who prefer an on-campus experience, we'll still be offering our Applied Management Principles (AMP) program."

AMP will be conducted over a two-week period on Purdue's campus on May 17-28 in the new Jerry S. Rawls Hall, 100 S. Grant St., in West Lafayette.

"Our expanded product line of mini-MBA programs offers three different durations and locales: METRIK-Indiana, conveniently spread over four months in Indianapolis; METRIK-Illinois, concisely offered in one week for the Chicago area; and AMP, two weeks of concentrated on-campus MBA coursework," Sheahan said.

"This variety gives participants a choice to enhance their management skills by participating in a Purdue-quality program, even when they are unable to invest the time required for an MBA degree."

For full information about the METRIK and AMP programs, contact Sheahan at (765) 494-7700. Brochures are available, and each of the programs also has a Web site that offers information and online registration: METRIK web site and AMP .

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Mike Sheahan, (765) 494-5831,

Richard Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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