Pepperdine University Executive MBA Programs Announce All-Digital Course Material Solution

LOS ANGELES, Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University (, partnering with leading Educational ERP providers announces that all required books and case studies for new students enrolled in the Executive MBA program (EMBA) and Presidents and Key Executive MBA (PKE MBA) program will be delivered digitally via school-purchased iPads.

The globally-ranked Executive MBA program is an evening and weekend cohort program for the manager advancing into senior levels of responsibility and who wishes to continue to work while pursuing their degree. Multiple sessions during the year are available in Southern California and the Silicon Valley area.

Designed for C-Level executives and seasoned business owners, the Presidents and Key Executives MBA program enables graduates to translate a lifetime of experience and knowledge into personal and professional capital that delivers lasting meaningful benefit for themselves, for their most trusted relationships and for their organization.

“By offering course materials on iPads, Pepperdine will be providing students in our Executive Programs with a learning experience that leverages the same convenience and cost-saving through technology innovation that is ubiquitous in today’s business world,” said Dr. Linda A. Livingstone, Dean of the Graziadio School. “Digital content delivery also provides an eco-friendly alternative to printed materials, consistent with the Graziadio School’s pursuit of SEER values — socially environmentally and ethically responsible business practices.”

The ease of the digital delivery was a key factor in the decision to extend availability to all students in Executive Programs. “Pepperdine can order a book and have it uploaded to a student’s account the next day. With print delivery, there is a one- to two-weeks period for order-and-delivery, and there is often a need for expedited shipping to ensure on-time delivery,” explained Dr. Gary Mangiofico, Associate Dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs.

To develop the digital content delivery program, the Graziadio School asked longtime partner Follett to identify a solution that would address the rising costs of course materials, meet students’ needs and allow faculty to incorporate the preferred course materials for the program.

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