GMAC Funds $7.1 Million In New B-School Ideas

4. University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler)

Enhancing Relevance in the Graduate Business Curriculum through Factory Videos

August 2012-February 2013

The University of Texas at Tyler will create a virtual manufacturing environment using video feeds from an existing factory in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico to illustrate concepts discussed in graduate management coursework. The project aims to immerse students into the factory’s operations, make the classroom concepts more relevant and to personalize the experience by introducing factory staff.

5. University of Waterloo, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Waterloo)

VIP: The Virtual Incubation Program at the University of Waterloo

October 2012-June 2017

The Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) is a global, online network of students, community groups, local entrepreneurs and international university partners, designed to support the development and launch of new businesses. The program will be administered by the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo.


1. SUNY Empire State College Foundation (Saratoga Springs)

Credit Where Credit is Due: Veteran and Service Member Pathway to the MBA

April 2012-December 2014

SUNY Empire State College will develop a program which will award graduate-level credit toward an MBA for relevant military training. The program will assign American Council on Education credit values for military training specialties that are relevant to civilian business leadership, reducing the time and tuition costs of program completion for many veterans. The program will also replace a traditional introductory MBA course with one specifically designed to serve veterans transitioning to civilian life and business leadership. The program’s overall goal is to ease veterans’ transition into civilian business leadership.

2. Syracuse University (Syracuse)

Veteran Employment through Modified Graduate Management Tracks (VET-MGMT)

July 2012-June 2015

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Whitman School of Management (Whitman) at Syracuse University (SU) will partner to offer customized management certificate and degree programs for veterans. Based on input from employers and collaboration with educators across various sectors, the project will design MBA-credit bearing or certificate coursework tracks from colleges and disciplines to leverage veterans’ technical training and leadership experience in development of business leadership skills.

This partnership includes faculty, staff, coursework and operations experience from several Syracuse programs, including the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, the National Security Studies Program, the Global Enterprise Technology Program and the Veterans Technology Program, and from several Syracuse University colleges, including the Falk School, the iSchool, LCSmith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Law, the Maxwell School, and University College.

3. University of South Florida St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)

Leading in a Civilian Context: A Socially Responsible MBA for Returning Veterans

June 2012-May 2014

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will offer an expedited MBA program for veterans, emphasizing the importance of corporate social responsibility. The university will also provide on-going support seminars and a dedicated career counselor to help veterans navigate course selection and search for jobs. This program will demonstrate how veterans’ leadership experiences

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