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Admissions Officers Share Insights in New White Paper

Test preparation and admissions consultant Veritas Prep has released a white paper that compiles insights from admissions officers at 30 business schools. Among other trends, the report finds that nearly half of respondents report that the number of admits straight out of college has increased compared with five years ago, that admissions officers would like to see more diversity in applicant pools, and that analytical skills rank as the top characteristics admissions officers look for in applicants. The report, Trends in MBA Admissions: Perceptions of Admissions Officers at Top 30 Business Schools, includes findings from an online survey of MBA admissions officers.

NFL Kicker Completes MBA degree Online

As a Dallas Cowboy, Billy Cundiff kicked a record seven field goals in one Monday Night Football game in 2003. Applying his determination and drive to a different pursuit, Cundiff completed his MBA degree through the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The footballer studied through the school’s online MBA program while attending NFL training camp. During his studies, he joined a student entrepreneur network that helped him land a three-month internship, which in turn led to a full-time job with a venture capital firm in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Research Sheds Light on Arab Women in Workplace

Women from the six Persian Gulf countries that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council earn college degrees at rates that can exceed those in the United States, but their training is not proportionately reflected in the Middle East workplace. Katty Marmenout, a research fellow at the Women and Leadership Initiative in the Middle East at INSEAD in Abu Dhabi, studied that disconnect. Focusing on the United Arab Emirates, Marmenout found that even though 75 percent of university students in the UAE are women, only 14.7 percent of Emirati women held full-time jobs.

The study found that male bias against female managers exists in the UAE, but it is not particularly strong—and is significantly lower than one might find in China, Turkey and Germany. Research showed that women in the UAE themselves appear to view men as being more suited to managerial positions than women, more so than their counterparts in Japan or Germany. The study also found that Middle Eastern women working in the UAE not only face challenges similar to women elsewhere but also deal with issues more particular to their region, such as pressure to raise a large family and the need to contribute financially to the household but not overshadow the husband’s contribution.


  • Two European business schools have changed their names. ESCP-EAP, with campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino, has changed its name to ESCP Europe. Groupe ESC Rouen is now Rouen Business School.
  • The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego is offering a new evening program called “Innovation to Market,” designed to help scientists, engineers, and others market their ideas for business ventures. In 11 sessions that run from July through November, participants will put their entrepreneurial vision to the test by creating thorough business plans.
  • London Business School and Lufthansa School of Business were selected as winners of the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award 2009, which recognizes case studies of exemplary cooperation between companies and business schools, executive education centers, and consultancies.
  • Standard & Poor’s has announced that it is working with New York University Stern School of Business and American College Testing (ACT) to develop a Credit Analyst Certification Program, part of a plan to strengthen its credit ratings process.
  • IESE has started a new management review, IESE Insight. 


The Government of Canada has pledged C$50 million in support of a new building that will house the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. The Government of Ontario will contribute C$22.5 million to the project, for which Ivey has said it will raise C$27.5 million. Construction is due to start in August.

Utah business leader and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman will fund two US$1.5 million presidential chairs at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.


Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge has created a Centre for India & Global Business. … Cranfield School of Management, London Business School and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford have collaborated with the Pears Foundation to establish the Pears Business Schools Partnership, dedicated to integrating a culture of philanthropy and individual and corporate responsibility more extensively into business school education through the development of new case studies and a new lecture series. … This fall, the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis will start a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program. … The Northeastern University College of Business Administration has customized an online MBA program for IBM managers in India. … The MIT Leaders for Global Operations program is the new name of what had been the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing. The program will continue to award the MBA or a Master of Science degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Science from MIT School of Engineering. … Starting this fall, Purdue University and Anderson University will offer students the ability to earn both an MBA from the Anderson University Falls School of Business and a master of science in technology from Purdue’s College of Technology over the course of a 34-month program. … HEC Paris and Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, the Brazilian business school created by the Fundação Getulio Vargas—have collaborated to offer a new double-master degree program through which students will earn a Master of Sciences in Management from HEC Paris and the Brazilian Degree in International Management, Mestrado Profissional Em Gestao Internacional. HEC Paris has also partnered with Freie Universität Berlin to offer a new double Master Degree in Public Policy and Management. … The MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility program at Ashridge Business School starts this October.

The LeBow College of Business at Drexel University has announced plans to start a Center for Corporate Reputation Management, billed as the first such center in the United States. … Henley Business School has started a new MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change as part of its executive education program. … The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the BEM Bordeaux Management School in France have established a degree program partnership at the master’s level that allows for the transfer of credits between schools. … Beginning with the fall 2009 semester, the College of Business at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale will offer programs allowing individuals to earn MBA or Master of Accountancy degrees online. … The Graduate School of Business at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law have created a joint JD/MBA program, believed to be the first of its kind between an American law school and an international MBA program. … The E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology will start an e-learning Executive MBA program this fall. The 72-week program mirrors the curriculum taught onsite at RIT and includes an international trip for students to explore the global influence of business. … The Times of India reports that the All India Council for Technical Education has granted approval for new MBA degrees to 18 management colleges in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. … The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has announced new 12-credit-hour, post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Information Technology; Information Assurance, Security and Privacy, and Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Management. … Australia-based Charles Sturt University has started an MBA program at its campus in Ontario, Canada. … Students in the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Arlington may now earn a Graduate Certificate degree in Asian Business Studies while they work toward their EMBA. … Whitfield Consulting Worldwide reports that the International University of Monaco will start a new Master’s in International Business and Global Affairs this fall. … Fresno Pacific University has started a new Global MBA program. … This fall, the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University will launch the Welch Master of Business Administration program, designed for working professionals. … Through a partnership with the Areez Khambatta Benevolent Trust, the University of North Texas will offer an MBA program at the Khambatta Center for Excellence in India’s Gujarat state. … Benedictine University, based in Lisle, Illinois, has announced plans to also offer its MBA program in the Rockford, Illinois, area.

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