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Semester-in-Review: MBA Highlights from Fall 2009

It was a busy semester, as usual, for Texas MBAs. Student blogs were a welcome addition this year. Their entries offer insight, humor and recollections of life at McCombs. Check out their posts for personal takes on the past year, and revisit even more highlights below:

Rankings Rise: Texas MBA rises in Forbes rankings to 11th

In Forbes magazine’s 2009 ranking of MBA programs across the country, the full-time Texas MBA was listed at 11 overall, and second among public schools. In the last ranking in 2007, McCombs was 14 overall, and third among public schools.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the full-time MBA program no. 18 in its survey of America’s Best Graduate Business Schools. Only four public schools rank above McCombs. The Texas Executive MBA was ranked no. 18 (tie) and the Texas Evening MBA came in at no. 27 (tie).

Start-up Crash Course: 3 Day Start Up brings together students for one insanely productive weekend

The idea is simple enough: bring together 40 minds that represent different industries and functions, lock them in the Austin Technology Incubator for a weekend, encourage them to pitch different start up ideas back and forth until four clear ideas emerge, and then watch them divvy up into teams to divide and conquer the steps necessary to build a company. Exhausting but completely worth it.

Improving Diversity: Explore McCombs weekend brings prospective students to campus

The 8th Annual Explore McCombs, the Texas MBA diversity weekend for prospective students, was Nov. 12-14, with activities including MBA information sessions, business school tours, class visits, faculty panels, workshops, a case discussion, MBA student and alumni panels, informal socials and other networking opportunities. More than 30 current MBA students volunteered for events, and 45 prospective students from over 20 states spent the weekend in Austin and interacting with current students, faculty, staff and alumni. The event was sponsored by American Airlines, AT&T and Wells Fargo). 

Industry Connections: Wall Street Trek gets students to 9 banks in 3 days | Consulting students take Dallas

In addition to customizable curriculum, hands-on internships and networking with alumni, MBA students have their choice of industry visits. Students interested in finance visited Wall Street banks in October. Around the same time, marketing students flew to Chicago to visit consumer packaged goods companies. In November 35 MBAs traveled to Dallas to get better acquainted with consulting firms there, and over the winter break, students are headed to San Francisco for a technology/financial trek.

Connecting Women: Texas MBA Women's Forum helps females develop leadership

Our second annual Texas MBA Women’s Forum took place Oct. 22-23, 2009. This year’s event, themed “Unlock Your Potential,” welcomed 44 prospective MBA women to campus to participate in a variety of activities including career and academic panels, discussions with current students and an introduction to the city of Austin. Read student blogger Kalin Mckenna's post about the forum.

Now, what's missing from this list? We know this is just the tip of the iceberg, so leave your favorite memories, accomplishments and experiences in the comments section.


#1 the incubator i've heard is

the incubator i've heard is an awesome idea generation platform....also, great jump on the rankings ! congratulations !!

#2 I had the opportunity to

I had the opportunity to teach in the new Full-Time Texas MBA core. With enhanced flexibility and trimmed down classes, students have a great opportunity to tailor the Texas MBA program to their individual needs. The experience was an intense one and, on balance, a terrific one. I'll be working with the faculty and students that experienced it to make it even better next year. I also had the chance to teach a course with our new Texas MBAs in Houston. Another great group brought their daily challenges from work to bear on our discussions of financial reporting. Writing from Costa Rica, I'm looking forward to wrapping up the teaching side of the semester with a week-long Global Connections class here in San Jose. Students from both our Houston and Dallas programs will visit companies and focus on issues of sustainable value and business. They will also get to network with one another as we travel the country. Outside of the classroom, I logged tens of thousands of air miles traveling to events with alumni and prospective students across the United States and in Mexico. It's clear that we have a strong portfolio of programs and letting interested prospective students know about them and the value we leverage from the portfolio as well as the great schools at UT is a delight and a privilege. It's always fun to see former students at these events (and career fairs), too. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed meeting students from many of our programs at our pre-game tailgates this fall. Once the exclusive domain of the full time students only, I was delighted to run into students from TEMBA, Houston, Dallas, and the Executive MBA program (along with alums) before the games. It's another great example of how we are bringing our programs together. Let's hope that we win the big one in Pasadena to crown a terrific Fall.

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