Stern Expands Lifelong Learning Opportunities

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Alumni can audit graduate-level courses, view online videos of lectures, forums, chats, and seminars, and take tuition-free executive education short courses, thanks to the expanded offerings of Stern’s lifelong learning resources. “Staying current in today’s rapidly changing business environment is essential for leaders in every industry,”

Dean Raghu Sundaram said in announcing the expanded initiative last year—fortuitously, prior to the Covid-19 shutdown. “At NYU Stern, change is in our DNA, and we are here to support our alumni, whether they graduated more than 25 years ago or just recently.”

Since last year, 498 alumni have taken advantage of the opportunity to enrich their business savvy. According to Erin Malone, senior director of alumni relations, “The feedback we’ve had from alums who’ve discovered our Lifelong Learning initiative is incredible. Especially during the pandemic, the ability to stay current with the thought leadership at Stern and with current teaching has been a welcome resource for the Stern alumni community.”

As for auditing classes, alumni can take one elective graduate-level course per semester free of charge, pending space availability. Auditors are observers only, and are ineligible to take exams, receive grades, or add the course to their official academic transcript. The eligibility, rules, and regulations are listed online. In addition, alumni interested in the executive certificate program are eligible for two tuition-free in-person courses per academic year and a 50 percent discount on additional courses, as well as 50 percent off all online executive certificate courses.

Stern’s Lifelong Learning home page includes links to a video library that contains a curated collection on a range of business topics and industry insights, from accounting, economics, and finance to entertainment, media, and marketing to entrepreneurship, fintech, and technology.