2U – Program Partner

American University's Kogod School of Business has partnered with 2U Inc. to power and support MBA@American and Analytics@American. Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality degree programs online to qualified students anywhere.

In addition to American University, 2U currently works with a number of leading U.S. universities to support their online graduate programs, including the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Northwestern University. 2U supports undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs across the fields of business, data science, law, communications, public administration, international affairs, public health, health care administration, education, social work, and nursing.

As part of our partnership, 2U provides the following services:

Technology Support

Students in Kogod's online graduate business programs access a virtual campus for their classes, coursework, and networking. The platform, which is available on most Internet-enabled devices, is powered by 2U. The 2U approach is best described as No Back RowTM, featuring an online classroom that brings students face-to-face for live class sessions. Program instruction is led by Kogod faculty and designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.

Content Development

In preparation for live classes, students watch prerecorded content created by Kogod faculty in collaboration with 2U content strategists. Together, Kogod professors and the 2U team develop content that is custom-made for the online program, ensuring that all content takes advantage of the latest available technologies. 2U also provides Kogod with video production services while Kogod faculty members generate all content.

Course content is not simply recorded lectures, but an interactive learning experience. Coursework includes video case studies, discussions between professors and students, dynamic faculty presentations, and interactive elements in which professors can see students' progress and leave comments and feedback leading up to the live class session.

Admissions Support

Kogod works with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates around the world. 2U's marketing and recruiting efforts support our goal of finding students who meet the caliber of one of the world's best online programs. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for the Kogod administrators who review candidates. As with all Kogod programs, applications are reviewed and receive a final admissions decision from the Kogod administration.

Student and Faculty Support

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2U prepares faculty to deliver classes and course materials on the online platform so they are best able to use the tools available in the virtual classroom. 2U also offers orientation to all online students before classes begin. Support continues through the program with technical assistance available during every live session.

If you have any questions about MBA@American or Analytics@American, please contact an admissions counselor at admissions@onlinebusiness.american.edu or 855-572-2800.

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