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|Senator Carl Levin of Michigan gives his
perspective on Congress to MBA students
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" Most of us read the Wall Street Journal every day and understand Wall Street but have a limited view/understanding of how our government works. This course has definitely filled a gap in my education. "
|TWC Students at the Library of Congress|
Participants' course grades will be determined by: (1) a brief individual exam administered generally on Friday, covering key topics and concepts from both the assigned readings and from the discussions and lectures during the week; (2) a company/industry-based group project, involving the design of an effective business policy advocacy strategy. Your grade will be determined by both the individual exam (50%) and group project (50%).
Individual Exam: The exam will consist of short answer and/or multiple choice questions.
Group Project: The group project will be completed in teams of up to 6 individuals. You will be assigned to a team consisting of course participants from various schools prior to your week in Washington, D.C.
Additional information regarding the content and format of the group project will be discussed at the start of, and throughout, the program itself. The group project must be submitted in a clear presentation format (e.g., Power Point), either before you leave Washington, D.C. for the week, or submitted electronically no later than two weeks after the program has ended.
Participants are responsible for their own lodging for the duration of the seminar.
Washington Campus courses are week-long programs, typically beginning on Monday at 8:00 a.m. and ending on Friday at approximately 4:30 pm. Students wishing additional time to explore the Washington, D.C. area should extend their trip accordingly.
As participants will be meeting with senior government and corporate officials, and will be visiting government buildings during business hours, they are required to wear business attire each day unless otherwise noted on the course agenda. Business attire generally means coat and tie for men, and suits or coordinating separates for women.
Students will be emailed logistical information upon registration for the course. Please also note that students will be on their own for lunch each day, generally from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM, with the exception of one organized, sit-down lunch (generally on Tuesday).
Each of The Washington Campus programs is based at a centrally located Washington, D.C. venue with easy access to the Washington Metro subway stops Farragut North, Farragut West, and DuPont Circle. Most MBA classes will take place in our classroom at 1150 18th St NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20036.
Our week-long, Washington, D.C., residencies for MBA students are designed to enrich your understanding of the public policy process, with a focus on those policy issues that are most likely to impact business outcomes as well as the strategies that busy corporate executives can utilize to ethically and effectively share information and influence public policy outcomes. Our curriculum is developed with guidance and oversight of the faculty and administrators of the Washington Campus Consortium, a group of 16 top graduate business schools whose representatives serve on our Board of Directors to ensure that our programs are of the highest academic quality and worthy of the graduate credit students receive for completing the course.
Each week-long residency program is led by a faculty director, and includes meetings with and presentations by a long list of notable Washington insiders, such as current or former Members of Congress, congressional staff, Administration officials, agency representatives, advocacy organizations, trade association representatives, lobbyists, economists, business leaders and members of the media. The residency program also includes site visits to relevant Federal buildings and agencies, such as Capitol Hill, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Treasury, or the National Press Club. When Congress is in session, the program also includes participation in one or more Congressional hearings so that students have the opportunity to see their government in action. The program provides numerous learning and networking opportunities while giving students a chance to see what it is like to live and work in our bustling Nation's Capital!
In order to fulfill the contact hour requirements set forth by Northeastern University, students can expect to be actively involved in the program from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. There will be little time for tourist activities, so if this is your first trip to Washington, you may want to add a weekend to your visit in order to have time to tour the monuments, visit local museums, or attend an athletic event at the Verizon Center or National's Stadium.
Our course includes a rigorous assessment of student learning as demonstrated through a written exam that takes place during the week in Washington, as well as a group project that is due within two weeks of the formal residency program. This assessment is designed to test the student's knowledge of major concepts learned during the residency period, as well as his or her ability to apply this new knowledge to a relevant business advocacy or strategy concern. Students are required to complete approximately 8 hours worth of required readings prior to coming to Washington, and questions from these readings are included on the exam.