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Washington Campus - MBA


 

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The Washington Campus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that offers educational programs on public policy issues and political processes.  The Ross School of Business is one of 17 graduate business schools that provide its MBA students with the opportunity to participate in the intensive, one-week course in Washington D.C.

Legislative and regulatory decisions made in Washington can have a tremendous impact on business.  Few business leaders understand the policy process well enough to adequately anticipate regulatory changes in advance, to fully understand the perspectives of stakeholders that seek to influence decisions, or to ethically and effectively represent their interests to policymakers.  Through lectures, panel discussions, computer simulations and guided site visits, students are given first-hand exposure to the decision-making processes in federal government and an understanding of how decisions impact business. 

BL (LHC) 688 Business and the Public Policy Process: How Washington Works and What Issues Matter

BE 688 Washington D.C. Residential on Health Care Policy and Politics

Connecting with Other Students

BL (LHC) 688 Business and the Public Policy Process:  How Washington Works and What Issues Matter

BL (LHC) 688 Session Information

The course is designed to provide you with the frameworks, concepts, and tools needed to incorporate the public policy dimension into managerial decision-making and strategic planning.  The course combines classroom experience with onsite learning:  some sessions take place in Washington Campus's own conference facilities while others are held in various offices around Washington and on Capitol Hill. BL(LHC) 688 is an interactive course, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions of policy makers and lobbyists. Earn 3.00 credits towards your MBA degree.  See full course requirements below.

Participating in the Washington Campus program will give you the opportunity to learn directly from Washington insiders such practical knowledge as:   
        How the policy making process really works
        Who holds the power in influencing decisions
        What issues matter to businesses and lawmakers
        How to effectively communicate and promote your interests
        How to develop sound business strategies that take into account and influence potential policy changes

Not sure if Washington Campus is the right program for you? View the 2012 course evaluation summary or view the 2014 draft agenda.  

  • "I learned so much I don't know where to start...Truly learned a ton about how I can impact rule-making and how it impacts me."
  • "Every person interested in business and assuming a leadership position should take this course in order to develop an understanding of government policy and how they can best influence it."
  • "I gained a valuable understanding of how the government operates and how business can best influence policy.  The insight from the various insiders has been invaluable and as a result my viewpoint on media and government has been changed for the better."

BL (LHC) 688 2015 Session Dates

The Washington Campus program is offered several times throughout the year.  Please note:

  • Washington Campus registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces may fill prior to the posted registration deadline.

  • Not all students are eligible for each session. Not sure which session is the right fit for your academic needs? Please contact your Washington Campus Coordinator

2015
SESSION DATES

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

January 5-9, 2015

 MBA1

MBA2

Eve MBA

December 5, 2014

March 9-13, 2015   MBA2 Eve MBA February 9, 2015
March 1620, 2015   MBA2 Eve MBA February 16, 2015
May 1115, 2015   rising MBA2 Eve MBA

April 10, 2015

May 18-22, 2015   rising MBA2 Eve MBA April 10, 2015
June 8-12, 2015   rising MBA2 Eve MBA May 8, 2015
August 24-28, 2015   rising MBA2 Eve MBA July 24, 2015

Eligibility Notes:

  • January 5-9, 2015 session occurs during U-M semester break.
  • March 9-13, 2015 
    • MBA2s are eligible for March 9-13 session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during Winter B.
    • Evening MBA students are eligible for March 9-13 session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during session dates.
  • March 16-20, 2015:
    • MBA2s are eligible for March 16-20 session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during Winter B.
    • Evening MBA students are eligible for March 16-20 session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during session dates.
  • May 11-15, 2015:
    • Rising MBA2s are only eligible for May 11-15 session if dates do not conflict with an internship commitment. Rising MBA2s who register for May 11-15 session may register for BL (LHC) 688 in the Winter 2015 term.
    • Evening MBA students are eligible for May 11-15  session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during session dates
  • May 18-22, 2015:
    • Rising MBA2s are only eligible for May 18-22 session if dates do not conflict with an internship commitment. Rising MBA2s who register for May 18-22 session may register for BL (LHC) 688 in the Winter 2015 term.
    • Evening MBA students are eligible for May 18-22  session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during session dates
  • June 8-12, 2015:
    • Rising MBA2s are only eligible for June 8-12 session if dates do not conflict with an internship commitment. Rising MBA2s who register for June 8-12 session will be required to register for BL (LHC) 688 in the Spring 2015 term.  This will incur additional U-M tuition.
    • Evening MBA students are eligible for June 8-12, 2015 session only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during session dates.
  • August 24-28, 2015:
    • Rising MBA2s who register for this session will enroll in BL (LHC) 688 for the Fall term.  Although the program dates occur before the Fall term, the group project and public policy paper will be due during Fall term. 
    • Evening MBA students who register for this session will enroll in BL (LHC) 688 for the Fall term.  Although the program dates occur before the Fall term, the group project and public policy paper will be due during Fall term. 
    • Incoming students are not eligible to enroll in this session. 

BL(LHC) 688 Expenses

Students are responsible for both Washington Campus and U-M tuition, which are separate from and exclusive of one another.

WASHINGTON CAMPUS
TUITION & FEES

(as of August 2012)

$1,350 Washington Campus Tuition (subject to strict cancellation/transfer policy)
+   400 Non-refundable Registration Fee (not transferrable to future programs)

$1,750 TOTAL Payable to Washington Campus

 

The above fees cover participation in the program during your week in D.C. 

Payment is due when registering online directly with the Washington Campus.

U-M TUITION

This course earns 3.00 credits toward your degree upon successful completion of the academic components.  Payment is due according to the University's tuition billing date for the term in question.

 

Full-time MBA students:  The 3.00 degree credits you'll be earning from BL (LHC) 688 will be included in your full-term course load (between 9-18 credits), and are therefore included in your U-M tuition for the Winter term.

 

Evening MBA students: The 3.00 degree credits you'll be earning from BL (LHC) 688 will be charged regular U-M tuition during the term in which you are registered for BL(LHC) 688.

TRAVEL, ROOM & BOARD

Students are responsible for paying their own travel, lodging, and incidental expenses. 

 

To save costs, former students suggest:

-Reducing lodging expenses by sharing hotel rooms or rental properties.  View information on finding a roommate.  

-Making flight arrangements to fly in/out of Baltimore.

-Reserving hotel accommodations with one of the hotels offering preferred rates to Washington Campus participants.  Visit here for a list.

Financial aid may be available to assist in covering program expenses if requests are made in a timely manner (critical processing deadlines affect the disbursement of aid).  Email rossfinaid@umich.edu for more information.

BL (LHC) 688 Course Requirements

Your final grade will be based on four components:

  1. Classroom Attendance for all sessions during the week in D.C.

  2. Exam (25% of grade) - Given during the week in Washington, D.C. 

  3. Group Project (25% of grade) - Due approximately two weeks after your return.

  4. Public Policy Analysis Research Paper (50% of grade) - 12-14 pages written individually; due approximately 3 weeks after your return.  Requirements to be posted on the CTools site for BL (LHC) 688.  The paper will be graded by the Ross faculty director.  

Please note that before you arrive in Washington, the Washington Campus staff will send you a syllabus describing the first two requirements (Exam and Group Project) and mandatory readings.  Your classroom in Washington will include MBA students from Ross as well as MBA students from other business schools throughout the country.  Each school requires completion of the Exam, Group Project, and Classroom Attendance.  The Public Policy Analysis Research Paper is required for all Ross students to earn credit in BL (LHC) 688.  The other schools participating in the program will have different requirements for credit in their degree program.

BL (LHC) 688 is graded according to the standard MBA five-level grading scale (EX, GD, PS, LP, F).   Punctuality and attendance at all sessions is mandatory due to the condensed nature of the course. 

BL (LHC) 688 Eligibility Criteria


Students who wish to enroll in BL (LHC) 688 must meet the following criteria:

  • Active degree candidacy.

    • Required at the time of your chosen session; alumni are not eligible to participate in BL(LHC) 688.

    • Weekend MBA students are not eligible to attend.

  • Good academic standing.

  • Prior completion of some core course work at Ross.

    • Full-time MBA students: successful completion of First Year Fall core courses (approximately 15.75 credits)

    • Evening MBA students: successful completion of 15.00 credits 

  • Room in your schedule to register for a 3.00 credit elective (BL 688) during the appropriate term

    • Full time MBA students: BL(LHC) 688 is included in the 18 credit hour term limit for the Winter term (9 credit hour term limit for the Spring half term). Credit limits will not be permitted to be raised above 18.00 in order to accommodate this course.  MBA1s typically have 12.00 credits of core in the Winter term; if BL (LHC) 688 is elected, students may register for no more than 3 additional credits of Winter A electives.  MBA1s may not participate in the sessions offered during MAP. 

    • Evening MBA students must register for BL (LHC) 688 during the term in which the session occurs. 

  • No time conflicts with other commitments at the time of your chosen session.

    • The dates of your chosen session may not overlap with class meeting times for other U-M classes.  This policy is our commitment to faculty to preserve the integrity of student class participation.

    • Spring/Summer sessions must not overlap with internships.

    • MBA1s may not participate in the March sessions offered during MAP.

BL (LHC) 688 Registration

BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

  • Review the critical information above.  You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with session information, course expenses, course requirements, and eligibility criteria. 

  • Read more about Washington Campus to decide whether or not you can commit to attending and paying the required fees. 

  • Contact your Washington Campus Coordinator if you have any questions about either the program or your eligibility status.

  • Remember that Washington Campus registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your seat is not guaranteed until both Washington Campus registration and payment are complete. 

TO REGISTER:

Two separate registrations are required for Washington Campus. The first step is directly through Washington Campus and reserves your space in the program.  The second step is through U-M and allows you to receive academic credit on your U-M transcript following successful completion of course requirements. 

 

STEP ONE:  Register for your desired session through Washington Campus.

STEP TWO: Register for BL (LHC) 688

  • Forward your registration confirmation email to Graduate Academic Advising from your umich account.  Include the following in your email:

    • Name
    • UMID Number
    • Uniqname
    • Academic Program (MBA1, MBA2 or Eve MBA)
    • Dates of chosen Washington Campus session
    • "I have read and agree to abide by the session information, eligibility criteria, registration information, course requirement and course expense information contained on Ross Academic Services' Washington Campus website.  I understand that I am responsible for the following costs: 1) Washington Campus tuition and fees, 2) U-M tuition and fees, and 3) travel, room, and board.  I wish to be enrolled in BL(LHC) 688 in order to earn 3 academic credits for successful completion of this course.  I understand that I will be required to take an exam, and complete both a group project and an individual public policy research paper.  I understand that participation in BL (LHC) 688 requires good academic standing at the time of my chosen session."
  • Register for BL (LHC) 688 on Wolverine Access.  When approved for your session, you will receive an electronic permission to register for BL (LHC) 688.  Specific directions for your session will be provided by Academic Services at the appropriate time.  Depending on the session, different course registration processes may apply.

Be sure to check your umich email account and the Washington Campus website regularly for additional information and directions that will help you finalize plans and be prepared to attend the program.

BL (LHC) 688 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What topics are covered? 
    • Every session will cover basic topics, such as: the structure and function of federal government, decision-making, advocacy and lobbying, and federal regulations.  Other areas discussed will differ in order to be topical in terms of current events, and may address current high-priority issues related to the economy and financial markets, the housing crunch, or foreign policy. 
  • What is a typical session like?
    • No two sessions are exactly alike -- agendas are established according to current events and guest speaker availability.   View an agenda from a previous session for an idea of what to expect.  Be prepared to be an active participant throughout the day!  Each day typically runs from 8am–6:30pm with an hour break for lunch and networking activities reserved for evenings.    The session typically concludes Friday with early dismissal around 4:30pm.  Due to the condensed nature of the program, very little time is built into the week for independent sight-seeing.  If you would like additional time to explore and enjoy the nation's capital, plan to extend your trip by either arriving early or staying later if possible.
  • Who conducts the lectures and participates in the policy discussions? 
    • You'll benefit from the expertise of a wide variety of Washington insiders from diverse public, private, and non-profit sectors that may include: current and former Directors, Commissioners, Deputy Assistants, Assistant Secretaries, Chiefs of Staff, a member of Congress or a Congressional staff person, consultants, executives, lawyers, lobbyists, and industry experts.
  • Does BL(LHC) 688 satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement?
    • No.  Please see the core curriculum for your program to see a list of classes that satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement.  BL (LHC) 688 counts for 3 credits towards elective requirements.
  • How can I learn more?

BE 688 Washington DC Residential on Health Care Policy and Politics

There are some changes being made to BE 688 and we are waiting for details, if you are interested please contact the Faculty Director, Tom Buchmueller at tbuch@umich.edu

BE 688 Course Overview

Although the U.S. as the most market-oriented health care system in the world, government involvement in health care is pervasive and growing.  Therefore, it is important for students who are interested in a career in health care to understand the institutional and political context in which these policies are crafted.  In addition, given the magnitude and growth in health spending, a basic knowledge of health policy is important for understanding the fiscal policy challenges and choices that the U.S. faces.  The goal of this course is to provide a deep and nuanced introduction to these issues.  

BE 688 is an MBA elective that is open to MBA1s, MBA2s, and Evening MBA students.  MBA students can register for the course through Wolverine Access.  Graduate students from other units are invited to enroll, space-permitting.  

BE 688 Course Format and Schedule

BE 688 is centered on a week in Washington, D.C., where students will attend presentations by a broad range of experts, representing a diversity of organizational and political perspectives.  The presentations will cover both general topics on government, politics, and the policy process as well as policy issues that are specific to the health care industry. 

  • Registration: Students register for BE 688 (3 credits) in Winter 2015 (Winter B). 
  • Session Dates: The course travels to Washington, D.C. TBD. The course will have a small number of meetings in April, which will be scheduled to minimize conflicts with other courses.  
  • MBA1s are eligible to enroll in this course as long as travel dates do not conflict with scheduled internship commitments.  Credit limits will not be permitted to be raised above 18.00 credits in order to accommodate this course. 
  • MBA2s are eligible to participate in the course.  Credit limits will not be permitted to be raised above 18.00 credits in order to accommodate this course. Students who successfully complete the course will remain eligible to receive degree in Winter 2015.  
  • Evening MBA students are eligible for the course only if not enrolled in any other U-M courses during the residential component. 

 

BE 688 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does BE 688 satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement?   

    • No.  Please see the core curriculum for your program to see a list of classes that satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement.  BE 688 counts for 3 credits towards elective requirements.  

  • How can I learn more?  

 

Connecting with Other Students

Washington Campus provides an online forum to connect with other program participants to arrange housing or transportation.  We suggest using the online forum to connect with students from the University of Michigan and other business schools.  You will receive access the forum after registering:

  • Please note that neither Washington Campus nor University of Michigan is liable for any arrangements you may make with other students.  This is simply a resource provided for potential cost-savings.