More Top US Business Schools Share Their 2019 New Year Resolutions |

More Top US Business Schools Share Their 2019 New Year Resolutions

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By Aled Owens

Updated January 15, 2019 Updated January 15, 2019

2018 saw record numbers of visitors to QS websites and events considering the US as their top study destination. With those numbers expected to grow further in 2019, US schools are preparing for another year of innovation and new program launches.

Aled Owens talked to key leaders from US MBA and master’s programs about their school’s 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. You can find the first set of responses we received here, or keep reading to find out what other top US business schools had to say.

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business: Dawna Clarke, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

In 2019, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business will continue to strive to offer the world’s best education experience.

The Darden School has been named the number one education experience in the world by The Economist for eight years in a row. We’re immensely proud of that, but we are always seeking ways to innovate while maintaining our unique culture and approach.

The school has a tremendous amount of momentum, from a new fund that covers the course fee for one Darden Worldwide Course for all full-time MBA students to a modern, 40,000 square foot learning space on the banks of the Potomac River in the Washington, D.C., area.

We’ve also recently seen unprecedented levels of philanthropy for scholarships, and we look forward to continuing our relentless focus on delivering a truly transformational learning experience for our students in the new year.

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SMU - Cox School of Business: Shane Goodwin, Associate Dean of Executive Education and Graduate Programs

In 2019, experiential learning will play a significant role across all our SMU Cox Graduate programs, as we develop future leaders with best-in-class critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

At SMU Cox, we strive to build tech-savvy leaders who demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In 2019, a renewed focus on experiential learning will enable students to gain hands-on experience working through real-world, fact-based problems.

Experiential learning will challenge our Cox MBAs to be adaptable, creative, and bridge the gap between data scientists and strategic thought-leaders.

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W. P. Carey School of Business: Pam Delany, Director of Admission and Recruitment

Our New Year’s Resolution is to offer a scholarship to every student admitted to our full-time MBA program.

An MBA should be about what you'll accomplish in the future, not how long into the future you'll be paying for school. Our "Scholarships for All" mindset rewards those who exhibit creativity, ingenuity, intellect, and innate leadership capabilities.

Because each applicant is automatically considered for an MBA scholarship, you are encouraged to apply early.

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University of Southern California Marshall School of Business: Evan Bouffides, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions

Our resolution is to maintain gender parity in the full-time MBA Program.

Last year, Marshall became the first top-20 MBA program in the United States to achieve gender parity in our incoming full-time MBA class when we enrolled a class comprised of 52 percent women.

As we move forward, the challenge will be to maintain consistency on this dimension of our class profile and to progress in other important areas of diversity as well.

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University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management: Jennifer Slesinsk, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting, MBA programs

Our New Year's Resolution is to welcome our first incoming class for our new online MBA Program. 

We wanted to offer students the opportunity to pursue our MBA degree remotely while still having access to our wonderful network right here in our backyard.  It is a self-paced degree with several ways to take your coursework; perfect to meet all individual career needs. 

Our online MBA program is being launched this Spring 2019.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School: Danielle Richie, Senior Associate Director MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment

Our New Year’s resolution is to expose the Carolina way!

For us, Carolina is a culture that runs deeply in our people and we want to show you that through experiences which will make you want to bleed Carolina Blue – an impossible feeling to fully describe.

We have a robust on-campus visit program to see what it’s like to be an MBA student or if you’ve already been admitted join us for Experience Weekend in April and let us show you that it’s not just a place in Chapel Hill.

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Boston University Questrom School of Business: J.P. Matychak, Associate Dean, Student Experience & Services

Our New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to welcome our first Master of Science in Business Analytics class in July.

The addition of the MS in Business Analytics is an important resolution for the Questrom School of Business.  Not only does this expand our portfolio of graduate business degree offerings, it will also expand the business analytics elective offerings for our MBA students.

Questrom continues to provide more learning opportunities around the skills vital in industry today and into the future. 

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Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Betsy Kacizak, Director of MBA Admissions and Recruitment

In 2019 we will continue to promote gender equality in business and we’re excited to launch a new Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

The Wisconsin MBA is excited to be a Forte sponsor school and we will work tirelessly to promote gender equality in business in 2019 across all of our MBA and master’s programs. Along with the MS in Supply Chain Management, which starts in Fall 2019, we are also excited to announce more MS options coming soon.

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UCI Paul Merage School of Business: Taylor Martini, Sr. Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions

Our resolution is to host one case competition per quarter with corporate partners.

Our most recent case competition was completed with Pacific Life and based on the success of that collaboration we’ll be hosting one case competition per quarter outside of the other experiential learning opportunities within the classroom.

Our first case competition kicks off this month with Targus, focused on company branding and increasing market share in one of their B2C businesses. Our second case competition will be offered in the Spring in partnership with Niagara Bottling, focused on evolving technology in the food and beverage industry.

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University of Tampa: Paul Venghaus, International Admissions Counselor

Our resolution is to welcome our first group of international students to our MS Cybersecurity program.

Fall 2019 will be the first time international students are approved to enter the MS Cybersecurity program at UT.  Our program is housed in the college of business, making our graduates extremely competitive in the private industry of cybersecurity and cyber intelligence. 

Our award-winning faculty will prepare students to land the highest-paying jobs at big-name companies like Citi, Disney, and PWC.

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J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University: Stevens VanDuzer, Director of Graduate Recruiting

Robinson’s resolution for 2019 is to make sure our students are aware of the opportunities available through the Georgia FinTech Academy located at the Robinson College of Business.

In addition to cutting-edge courses like Fundamentals of Fintech, Financial Technologies and Fintech & Commercial Banking, the academy offers an apprenticeship program that matches participants with partner firms.

During these immersive assignments, students gain the skills and acumen needed to compete for jobs in the field. Though it operates out of the Robinson College of Business, the academy also administers virtual courses through all 26 University System of Georgia institutions.

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UCLA Anderson School of Management: Sarika Thakur, Executive Director

Using the Anderson 2021 Strategic Plan as a roadmap, the UCLA Anderson EMBA program is focused on creating the best student experience.

Our goal in the new year is to allow students to maximize their learning by increasing the number and scope of electives and providing more global destinations for the international business residential. 

With these new offerings, students have the flexibility to customize their courses and schedules based on their interests. In addition, with the opening of a new building this year, UCLA Anderson plans to create more creative spaces for students to connect and collaborate under the “OneAnderson” umbrella.

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This article was originally published in January 2019 .

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