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:
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.