Serving Online Students

How Indiana’s Kelly School provides professional development to students in its online MBA.
How can schools provide career and professional development services to students in fully online degree programs? At Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, the answer is Propel, a program created for students in Kelley Direct, the school’s online MBA.

Propel’s step-by-step interaction begins at admission, when staff arrange the first of at least five one-on-one counseling sessions with students over the course of their educational experience. An academic advisor helps students identify strategies they’ll need to meet their professional objectives and coaches them in achieving work/life balance. A career coach provides guidance on how to use resources for networking. At graduation, advisors conduct final reviews of students’ goals, professional development plans, and action plans.

To launch Propel, Kelley has doubled its advising resources to serve its online MBA students, whose number has increased from 240 three years ago to 311 this year.