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Soft skills seen as crucial for MBA grads
Employers seek soft skills, such as communication and teamwork, from new MBA graduates, according to surveys -- including one from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Other skills employers seek in graduates include technical and leadership abilities. Poets & Quants (9/16)
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Some US business schools see declining MBA demand
A forthcoming Graduate Management Admission Council report is expected to show a fifth year of declining MBA applications at many US business schools. Tightening immigration restrictions may be a factor. Financial Times (subscription required) (9/16)
What topics do MBA students see as most valuable?
A survey shows that 26.7% of students entering MBA programs consider leadership "most valuable" as a topic of instruction, while 17.9% favor strategy and another 17.9% designate technology management as their top subject. Entrepreneurship, which had been consistently among the top-three valued topics, fell to eighth place with 14.7% of students expressing interest. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (9/18)
Survey considers attitudes about higher ed
More than two-thirds of Americans say they believe colleges have a positive effect on society, with 76% holding a favorable view of public colleges and 59% viewing private colleges favorably, according to a survey by WGBH, Boston's public radio station. The data also show 78% say they would be concerned over funding cuts to higher education, while 49% say they oppose higher taxes to benefit public colleges. Inside Higher Ed (9/17)
Senators press Mulvaney about CFPB's student-loan office
Fifteen Senate Democrats want Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acting Director Mick Mulvaney to answer questions about the bureau's student-loan office and its commitment to supervisory examinations and enforcement actions. In a letter sent last week, the senators also asked about allegations that the bureau suppressed a report about questionable fees charged to college students by banks. National Public Radio (9/14)
Data show college faculty embracing edtech
Several new studies show 62% of college faculty support using technology in the classroom, but only 35% of professors say they're "early adopters" of such tools. Researchers find that 36% of faculty use blended-learning techniques, with three-quarters saying the format made them think more critically about how to engage students. eCampus News (9/13)
Harvard dean reflects on the ideal MBA candidate
Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria says the school is seeking generalists who want to improve their leadership and management skills, "which they can then apply in a wide variety of settings." Students seeking to specialize in a particular area, however, may find other schools a better fit, Nohria notes. Business Insider (9/17)
Why should professionals earn an MBA?
Getting an MBA is ideal for anyone seeking to change industries or those who need a crash course in business, says Suzy Welch, co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute. An MBA also can be useful in careers such as finance and can help professionals gain more self-confidence and a competitive edge, she notes. CNBC (9/18)