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# The mbaMission Blog

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B-School Chart of the Week: Which MBA Ranking Do You Trust the Most? [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: Which MBA Ranking Do You Trust the Most? Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.We recently surveyed a number of visitors to our site to get a feel for the concerns, plans, and mind-sets of this season’s MBA applicants. Now the results are in, and for those who are curious about their fellow applicants’ views on business school, we will be sharing some of the collected data in our B-School Chart of the Week blog series.As part of our informal survey this year, we posed the question “Which business school ranking/survey do you trust the most?” Given that Bloomberg Businessweek has long been considered by many the premier MBA ranking, we were quite surprised to see that only 5.1% of responders picked it as their most trusted source. Instead, a whopping 46.1% indicated that they view the U.S. News & World Report survey as the most trustworthy, while the Poets & Quants aggregate received the next greatest percentage of the votes, with 33.3%. With just 10.2% and 5.1% of responses, respectively, the Financial Times and The Economist rounded out the survey.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: TG(IF) at Kellogg [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: TG(IF) at Kellogg When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.TG is an abbreviation of the longer abbreviation TGIF (aka “Thank God It’s Friday”) and is the name of a popular weekly social event at Kellogg, hosted by various student clubs throughout the year. Held in the school’s atrium, TG is an opportunity for students to wind down the week with beers and appetizers and to interact with professors and members of Kellogg administration in an informal atmosphere. The event attracts primarily first-year students, but second years are known to occasionally make an appearance as well.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Kellogg and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Diamonds in the Rough: Experiential Learning at the Carlson School of [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Experiential Learning at the Carlson School of Management MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.With 20 Fortune 500 companies located nearby—including UnitedHealth Group, Target, and U.S. Bancorp—the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management boasts a robust network of corporate ties and high-profile recruiting opportunities. In fact, the Twin Cities placed first in Forbes’s 2011 rankings of the best U.S. cities for finding employment. Carlson also prepares its students with a pronounced hands-on approach to building leadership, management, and problem-solving skills.Among the school’s more distinctive offerings, Carlson’s four Enterprise programs expose students to the areas of brand, consulting, funds, and ventures. The Enterprise learning experience is rather unique insofar as it operates as a full professional services firm, serving multiple clients and allowing students to work through real-world business challenges with senior management at major companies. In the Brand Enterprise program, for example, Carlson students have developed key marketing strategies for such brands as Cargill, Boston Scientific, Target, 3M, General Mills, and Land O’Lakes. Students in the Consulting Enterprise program have offered services to such companies as Best Buy, Northwest Airlines Cargo, Medtronic CRM Division, and Polaris. With \$38 million in managed assets, the Carlson Funds Enterprise program places among the three largest student-managed funds in the world. Finally, the Carlson Ventures Enterprise program puts aspiring entrepreneurs in contact with experts, professionals, and investors.
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Friday Factoid: Faculty Mentoring and Development at HBS [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Faculty Mentoring and Development at HBS Harvard Business School (HBS) is well known for using the case method, through which virtually all the school’s classes are taught. Rather than resting on their laurels with regard to teaching the case method, however, HBS faculty members work hard to stay at the top of their game. Complementing the school’s tradition of faculty-to-faculty mentoring, HBS established the C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning (named for the late HBS professor) in 2004 to promote and support teaching excellence and innovation. The center conducts research on pedagogical innovation and teaching effectiveness related to gender and diversity issues and helps faculty members refine their teaching styles and techniques. The center also offers professors classroom observations and the opportunity to do pre-class planning, receive within-term troubleshooting/post-term feedback, and conduct case and course development.For more information on HBS or 15 other leading MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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MBA News: Full-Time MBA Applications Up for Second Year in a Row [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Full-Time MBA Applications Up for Second Year in a Row According to statistics released recently by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), applications to full-time graduate programs are up for the second consecutive year.The 2014 Application Trends Survey—which contains data from more than 300 schools and nearly 750 graduate business and management programs worldwide—shows that 61% of two-year, full-time MBA programs report growing or stable application numbers for 2014 – 2015 (up from 50% of schools reporting growth last year).This development offers encouragement to B-school deans worried about the rising popularity of online offerings. In an interview with the Financial Times after the report’s release, GMAC president Sangeet Chowfla stated, “This echoes other research that tells us how highly students value their two-year MBA degrees for the personal, professional, and financial advantages it conveys.”
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GMAT Impact: How to Solve Any Sentence Correction Problem, Part 1 [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: How Far Back Is Too Far Back? [#permalink]
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MBA News: Stanford GSB Class of 2016 Sets Multiple Records [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Stanford GSB Class of 2016 Sets Multiple Records On October 7, the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) published its profile of the students who make up its Class of 2016. The school’s most recent incoming class set several school records, and the data reveal a few exciting trends, including rising international and female student numbers.At 410 members, the class is the largest in the Stanford GSB’s history. The constituency also boasts record-breaking diversity—with 42% of the incoming first years being women and 44% representing countries other than the United States (up from 36% and 41%, respectively, for the Class of 2015). In addition, the class includes students from 62 different countries, and the GSB saw a 3.5% increase in applications from last year.To learn more about the Stanford GSB’s Class of 2016, see the full profile on the school’s Web site or read a summary of the statistics on Poets & Quants.
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MBA News: Kaplan Survey Implies That Importance of GMAT’s IR Section S [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Kaplan Survey Implies That Importance of GMAT’s IR Section Still Unclear A recent Kaplan survey suggests that the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the GMAT exam still has only a limited—if any—influence on B-school application decisions.According to an October 9 press release, Kaplan Test Prep surveyed more than 200 U.S. graduate program admissions officers between August and September of 2014. A sizeable 60% of those surveyed (including respondents from 11 of U.S. News & World Report’s top 30 MBA programs) claim that an applicant’s IR score is not an important part of their prospect evaluation process.The IR section was introduced in 2009, which means MBA candidates who applied in 2014 or earlier years may have submitted GMAT scores without IR results (scores are valid for up to five years). With little data to compare, admissions representatives hesitate to base major acceptance decisions on this criteria.While numerous admissions representatives may say they place minimal significance on applicants’ IR results at this point, our friends at Kaplan (and we here at mbaMission) encourage all MBA hopefuls to thoroughly prepare for and strive to do their best on every portion of the GMAT. Comprehensive test scores and proven reasoning skills can only help your chances!
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B-School Chart of the Week: Are You Confident You Will Be Admitted? [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: Are You Confident You Will Be Admitted? Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.We recently surveyed a number of visitors to our site to get a feel for the concerns, plans, and mind-sets of this season’s MBA applicants. Now the results are in, and for those who are curious about their fellow applicants’ views on business school, we will be sharing some of the collected data in our B-School Chart of the Week blog series.When we asked MBA candidates visiting our site to respond to the question “On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most), how confident are you that you will be admitted to at least one business school this application season?” we were somewhat surprised at the results. The data we collected suggested extremely high applicant confidence—the most common responses were 10 and 9, with each representing 23.1% of the votes. By contrast, when we posed this same question in 2013, the most common response was 7 (22.8%). Overall, 74.4% of respondents this year indicated a confidence level of 7 or higher. The lowest rating chosen was 3, selected by just 5.1% of the survey participants. Confidence (in the proper measure) can certainly be an important part of a successful candidacy, and we hope that our respondents’ positive outlook pays off!
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