Rankings released by QS put Harvard University atop the list of best schools in the world to earn an MBA, while the London Business School ranked first for those seeking a master's degree in finance. The rankings are based on several factors, including graduate employment rates, diversity and salary figures.
Jennifer Riel, managing director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and published author will be the keynote speaker at this year's Leadership Conference. To learn more, visit the conference keynote page.
The average number of women around the world enrolled in MBA programs in 2017 grew to 37.4%, an increase of 4% since 2013, according to data from the Forte Foundation. Female enrollment hit 45% at two schools -- the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and George Washington University School of Business -- the data show.
New rankings from Fortuna Admissions show that the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business performed best across all five of the major MBA rankings in 2017. The Fortuna rankings are designed to offer a picture of schools' performance across measures used to determine each of the five major rankings, Fortuna Co-director Matt Symonds explains.
The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management is working to adapt to a changing market for its MBA programs by offering more time with instructors and interactive classroom experiences, says Phil Miller, assistant dean of MBA programs at the university. Enrollment has remained stable, but Miller says the school also has adapted by adding more specialized master's programs.
While both the Senate and the House tax plans would impose a 1.4% excise tax on large university endowments, the House plan contains more changes that would affect higher education, including the elimination of graduate-student tax benefits. This analysis compares the plans as the Senate prepares to vote on its version.
Despite the urging of advocacy groups, universities and businesses such as Google and Microsoft, Congress has yet to offer a legal solution to decide the fate of about 700,000 immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the editorial board of the Washington Post writes. Congress is facing a March deadline with both Republicans and Democrats wrangling over legislative solutions, the editors note.
MBA programs must equip students to handle technological innovations such as analytics, financial technology and machine learning, writes David Saunders, dean of Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Canada. In this commentary, he also notes that it's important for MBA graduates to be able to work in a global, multicultural environment.
Business schools should embrace the younger generation's fascination with the television show "Shark Tank" and promote more entrepreneurial skills in their programs, writes Rahul Varshneya, co-founder of Arkenea. In this commentary, he outlines four reasons why curricula should cater to the entrepreneurial spirit of younger students.