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Judy Olian’s plans to sever the financial ties between the Anderson school’s MBA programme and the the University of California have have hit an unexpected setback, as the graduate affairs committee at the university has ruled that the MBA does not meet the requirements to be a self-supporting programme, according to a report in the university newspaper, the Daily Bruin.
According to the publication, the problem is that the criteria for self-funded programmes were designed for new programmes not existing ones, such as the Anderson degree.
The decision will be a bitter blow to Prof Olin, dean of the Anderson school, who has been campaigning for the changes for about three years. In June this year the decision to allow self-funding status scraped through the Legislative Assembly, a faculty group of the UCLA Academic Senate. The vote was just 53 to 46 in favour of the proposal.
The proposal is not expected to be reviewed further until a new policy on self-supporting programmes is put into place or the original policy is modified, according to the Daily Bruin.