The EMBA program begins with a week-long orientation residency during which students learn to use its problem-oriented
educational approach and electronic instructional platform, Blackboard. Blackboard is designed to support and facilitate
collaboration via the Internet. The orientation residency also helps students to learn to acquire information from many
sources, including the Internet and Pace's extensive library holdings, many of
which can be accessed electronically.
All residency sessions, including the orientation residency, are held at Pace's Downtown Conference Center, 157 William Street, in lower Manhattan. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment in its tiered main room that allows faculty to illustrate their presentations with spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and other visual content. All rooms in the Center provide both wireless and wired connectivity to the Internet, allowing students direct access to a wide variety of documents and business data during interactive plenary and team sessions.
Students work in teams throughout the orientation to complete a sample mini project. In a recent orientation, students analyzed a potential merger of Microsoft and Accenture.
Throughout the EMBA program, students communicate with each other and with faculty using the Internet based instructional platform, Blackboard. Through this medium, students can work asynchronously in teams toward project completion while becoming proficient collaborative problem-solvers. Faculty continually track team progress and intervene, as needed, to provide information, ask questions, or make suggestions.
Students acquire information for their projects from many sources, including the vast array of data available on the Internet. Their individual development occurs not only through project work but also through completion of learning exercises and conceptually oriented virtual discussions offered by the faculty. When individual students have difficulty understanding a concept or analytical issue, they can quickly obtain support from faculty or other students.
The Residency Calendar For Cycle 14
The next class of the EMBA program begins with a week-long orientation on September 7, 2013. Most residencies are spaced approximately 10 weeks apart. The program schedule follows.