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Naval Postgraduate School Executive MBA Distance Learning NAVADMIN for March 2018

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This is how I got my MBA...

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SUBJ/EXECUTIVE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISTANCE LEARNING DEGREE 
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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the March 2018 
distance learning Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program.

2.  The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) defense-focused EMBA is a 24 month, 
fully-funded, part-time graduate program focused on resource management.  The 
program targets middle to senior grade active duty officers, lieutenant 
commander (select) and above (LT by waiver). Classes are delivered via online 
technology with synchronous interaction between faculty and students.

3.  The EMBA program begins with a required 1-week Temporary Additional Duty 
(TAD) in-residence session at NPS in Monterey, California.  The week of 19 
March to 23 March 2018 includes an orientation and a graduate level course on 
management of teams.  A second week of required TAD in-residence instruction 
will be scheduled during the second year of the EMBA program.  Other than 
these two visits to NPS Monterey, students complete all instruction from 
their home locations.  A block of rooms will be reserved in Monterey for 
attendees during orientation.  All efforts will be made to minimize TAD 
costs.

4.  The parent command of the student will provide official travel orders and 
funding for TAD travel.  If command funding is not available, students may 
fund their own travel and utilize no-cost TAD orders from their commands.

5.  Active duty Navy officers accepted into the EMBA program are integrated 
into cohorts with civilian students.  Typically, a cohort is comprised of 
about 25 students from which student teams are formed.  Cohorts take all 
classes together during the 24 months of instruction.  Students participate 
in online classes 1 day per week, approximately 6 to 7 hours per day, during 
regular continental United States duty hours.  Students will receive 
instruction via online synchronous educational software, with faculty 
teaching every session in real time.  Admission to the EMBA program is 
available to applicants in any geographic location, regardless of the number 
of applicants in a location.  Since courses are delivered via online learning 
technologies, students must have access to a computer with high-speed 
internet and audio-video capabilities suitable for web-enabled interactions 
with instructors and students.  A computer camera or webcam is required.

6.  Eligibility requirements include an undergraduate degree from a 
regionally accredited 4 year college or university, 2.6 grade point average 
or higher on a four point scale and at least one college-level mathematics 
course.  A commanding officer endorsement letter is required to participate 
in the program.  Department head or similar mid-level management experience 
and strong potential for promotion are preferred.  Participants must have a 
projected rotation date no earlier than March 2020.  The Graduate Management 
Admission Test is not required.

7.  Graduates will be awarded an EMBA degree from NPS and the Navy 
subspecialty code 3100P, Financial Management-Defense Focus. Graduates will 
also earn Defense Acquisition University Level II equivalencies for all 
program management functional equivalencies. As directed by reference (a), 
officers participating in this program must agree to remain on active duty 
following completion of graduate studies for a period of 3 years.  This 
obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation 
already incurred. This agreement does not obligate the Navy to retain the 
officer on active duty.

8.  Officers interested in the EMBA program can visit the NPS EMBA home page 
at www.nps.edu/emba for detailed eligibility and application process 
information.  Deadline for the application process is no later than 4 January 
2018.  Online instruction begins 3 April 2018.

9.  Point of contact is the NPS EMBA program office at (831) 656-2562/DSN 
756, fax at (831) 656-3630/DSN 756, or via e-mail at emba(at)nps.edu.

10.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or 30 June 2018, 
whichever occurs first.

11.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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Naval War College Phasing Out Legacy CD­ROM Course

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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) ­­- U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will no longer enroll new students in the CD­ROM program offered through the school’s College of Distance Education (CDE) after Sept. 30.

The CD­ROM program is being phased out due to better, more interactive education delivery options and declining student enrollment.

“This CD­ROM program is really a legacy offering that was developed to replace a paper­based correspondence course,” said Timothy Garrold, deputy dean of the College of Distance Education at NWC. “Instead of sending students a box of books and papers and then have them submit their graded work by postal mail or fax, we sent course materials contained on CDs.”

While CD­ROM courses were a breakthrough at the time, they have become outdated.

As students have come to expect more speed, interaction and efficiency, the move to the web­ enabled programs is a better option that allows students more access to colleagues and teachers according to Garrold.

“The amount of interaction that students experience in web­based courses with other students and with faculty were really the most important factors in pressing for the change,” he said. “We were kind of fooling ourselves that a self­paced, self­taught course had the rigor required for the same level of training and education as that available to what a student can get online and in our Fleet Seminar Program.”

Students are already frequently choosing online courses over the CD­ROM programs.

“The numbers have been dropping for the CD­ROM program,” said Garrold. “The demand signal for the CD­ROM has slowly declined over the years.”

Those wanting to earn the masters and their intermediate Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit through NWC distance education courses can still do so through the Fleet Seminar program.

Garrold explained that some resources currently devoted to the CD­ROM program may now be reassigned to the web­based programs making them an even faster and a better choice for students.

Students currently enrolled in the CD­ROM program and those who enroll prior to the deadline will still be able to finish the program within 20 months. The CD­ROM program will terminate entirely May 31, 2019 ­­ 20 months from the Sept. 30 deadline.

Specifics of the CD­ROM program phase out are explained in NAVADMIN 233/17. CDE doesn’t anticipate other changes to course delivery methodologies.

NWC is a one­year resident program that graduates about 600 resident students and about 1,000 distance learning students each year. Its primary mission is to educate and develop future leaders. Additional missions include: helping to define the future Navy and its roles and missions, supporting combat readiness, strengthening global maritime partnerships, promoting ethics and leadership throughout the force, contributing knowledge to shape effective decisions through our John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, providing expertise and advice to the international legal community through the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law. Students earn JPME credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies or defense and strategic studies. Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.

Uniformed Services University Chair of Military and Emergency Medicine

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Here is the solicitation for nominations for USU Chair, Military & Emergency Medicine.  The ideal candidate is likely board certified in Emergency Medicine, but per memo they will consider other operationally relevant specialties if they meet the remaining requirements.  Requirements for the position are contained in the PDF, and the report date is no later than 1 May 2018.  Any applications need to be returned to BUMED via your Specialty Leader by 17 July.  Applications must contain CV/BIO/LOI (letter of intent) with three references.  The Navy nominee will come from the Surgeon General so self ­nomination is not allowed.

Uniformed Services University – Associate Dean, Recruitment and Admissions

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Here is the solicitation for nominations for USU Associate Dean, Recruitment and Admissions.  Requirements for the position are contained in the PDF, and the report date is no later than 1 July 2018.  All applications must be routed through your Specialty Leader to BUMED by 17 July.  Applications must contain CV, BIO, and a letter of intent (LOI) with three references.  The Navy nominee will come from the Surgeon General to USU, so self­-nomination directly to USU is not allowed.

Outside the Box Opportunities

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Here are the slides for a lecture on “Outside the Box Opportunities” that I gave at the 2017 Transition to Practice Symposium at NMCSD for all the graduating residents and fellows:

Outside the Box Opportunities

Topics covered include:

Here is a video podcast:

2017 Joint Service GME Selection Board Application Procedures

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Here is the just released BUMED Note that spells out how to apply for GME in 2017 and which residencies/fellowships are anticipated to be available:

BUMEDNOTE 1524 – 2017 JOINT SERVICE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SELECTION BOARD APPLICATION PROCEDURES