A collection of news items from MBA programs and about the business school admissions process.
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) yesterday confirmed that, for the first time ever, it has stripped a graduate of his MBA degree because he was admitted to the program under “false pretenses,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
The graduate in question – former SAC Capital Advisors employee Mathew Martoma, who completed his MBA in 2003 – was convicted last month of insider trading charges. “Martoma does not have a Stanford MBA,” Stanford GSB spokesperson Barbara Buell confirmed in a separate report by PoetsandQuants.
Chicago Booth School of Business Promotes Its Chicago Business Fellows Program for Young Professionals
Through posts to its Evening and Weekend MBA Admissions Blog and Twitter, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is getting the word out about its Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) program, designed for prospective applicants with limited work experience who want to earn an MBA while continuing to work.
CBF, which debuted in 2005 as a subset of its Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, features a range of advantages for young professionals, including several sources of support throughout the program. CBF students in their first quarter take one or two academic courses, as well as one required professional skills development course. Students also receive peer coaching throughout the program and participate as part of a unique cohort system designed to provide further support. Continue reading…
To mark Women’s History Month, INSEAD has filled March with a string of events celebrating women and showcasing their achievements on its campuses in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and beyond.
INSEAD’s first women’s event is a speaker session entitled, “Women @ Work.” The event will take place later this week, on Thursday, March 3rd on INSEAD’s Asia campus in Singapore. Claudia Zeisberger, academic director of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) and an affiliate professor of decision sciences and entrepreneurship and family enterprise, will lead the discussion examining women’s journey in the workplace from the sideline to center field. A networking event will follow. Continue reading…
Harvard Business School (HBS) tweeted today that registration is now open for class visit spots from March through early May. Sign up to reserve your chance to observe the school’s signature case method in action.
Because the case method is so central to its MBA program, HBS encourages those interested in applying to visit campus and sit in on a class if possible. (Note, though, that a visit to campus is not required and does not impact admissions decisions.)
Due to demand, HBS asks that prospective applicants schedule only one class visit through the MBA Admissions office. Visitors can select the time of the visit, but not the specific course they want to observe.
A few policies governing class visits to keep in mind:
- All visitors must be registered in advance. Walk-in and standby visitors will not be accommodated, and there is not a waitlist for visits.
- Participants should report to the MBA Admissions office prior to their scheduled visit to receive their specific class assignment. You must be 18 or older to visit a class.
- HBS classes begin on time, and participants must be seated before class begins. If you are late, you forfeit your visit.
Columbia Business School (CBS) welcomed a new member to its Board of Overseers this week: alumnus Henry Swieca (MBA ’83), co-founder of Highbridge Capital and founder of Talpion Fund Management.
Swieca joins more than 100 alumni and prominent business leaders who, as part of the board, provide support and strategic counsel to help the school continue to deliver top-tier management education. Led by co-chairs Henry Kravis, MBA ’69, and Arthur Samberg, MBA ’67, the Board of Overseers is charged with drawing on its collective experience to ensure that the school’s programs are well connected to key industries. Continue reading…
An acclaimed venture capitalist and alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)’s Tepper School of Business, together with his wife, has given $10 million to further efforts already underway to enhance the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs in business, the school announced today.
James R. Swartz, a 1966 graduate from the business school, is a noted entrepreneur and venture capitalist and founding partner of Palo Alto‒based Accel Partners. The gift, which he made with his wife, Susan, follows a $67 million gift in November from the charitable foundation of David A. Tepper to create a major new academic hub at the center of CMU’s campus called the Tepper Quadrangle. Continue reading…
The recruitment of African-American students and other traditionally underrepresented minorities is a challenge facing admissions directors at leading MBA programs, according to a recent post on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Blog.
“This is an issue facing all of the best programs,” says Alex Lawrence, Anderson assistant dean of admissions. “All of the admissions directors talk about it; it’s reality.” The relatively low admission numbers of black students in Anderson’s full-time school is a problem that stems from the fact that there are only a limited number of candidates that qualify for the top schools, he says. Continue reading…
A fund launched by Yale University last fall has awarded its first $100,000 to a start-up launched by Yale School of Management (SOM) students with a unique product for treating acid reflux.
The Yale Entrepreneurship Institute (YEI) Innovation Fund was launched in September 2013 by Yale University, Connecticut Innovations and First Niagara Bank to provide early-stage funds to promising start-ups coming out of YEI. Startup firm Eli Nutrition, Inc., maker of a new antacid called Tummyzen, snagged the first $100,000 investment, the school announced this week. Continue reading…
Students at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley are busy this week preparing for their 8th annual Business of Healthcare Conference, which will take place on February 28th.
Planned and run entirely by students, the conference will feature a hands-on expo showcasing disruptive healthcare technologies, as well as top innovators and thought leaders in the field. Continue reading…
The Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the University of North Carolina (UNC)’s Kenan-Flagler Business School will co-host an inaugural Clean Tech Summit next week, where the focus will be on how to support clean technology growth in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.
The event, co-hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment in partnership with the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and Strata Solar, will take place on Wednesday, February 26th. Specifically, it will examine ways for the Research Triangle to take a global leadership position in the clean tech filed, through the use of smart grid technology, efficient water management, efficient multimodal transportation, environmentally sustainable waste disposal technologies and more. Continue reading…
Considering an MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School but unable to visit? A new virtual tour on the school’s website provides a 360-degree view of the school and its campus that will leave you feeling like you just got back from Charlottesville.
The tour includes some of the most recognized spots on campus, including the stately Saunders Hall and its PepsiCo Forum, where First Coffee—a tradition dating back to the school’s founding—takes place every morning. But it also features more informal spaces as well, such as Café 67, where students can grab a quick breakfast, lunch or snack, and Flagler Court, a spacious outdoor gathering area between the faculty and classroom buildings. Continue reading…