Crain's Detroit Business: Kiantee Jones on importance of flexibility moving forward

If Michigan business schools want enrollment to rebound this fall, they will have to apply lessons from the last year and a half on the importance of flexibility. "Our lives have changed," said Kiantee Jones, assistant dean of graduate programs at Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business. "Our students are seeking more online options because their lives have changed. Their kids are at home. Their jobs are remote now." Only about 20 percent of MBA classes are expected to be in person this fall at Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business. Wayne State has tried to widen its recruitment of students and tap into a more diverse pool of candidates, both to boost enrollment and address the needs of companies, Jones said. "What I'm seeing is a lot more companies want to market to diverse applicants because they see the need to have that in their companies to be successful," she said.

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