Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council, says he was surprised by the drop in international student interest in US business schools following the election of President Donald Trump. Part of the decline is being attributed to concerns about changes to the H-1B visa that make it more difficult to obtain one after graduation.
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Many top universities in the UK, including the University of Bath, report seeing an influx of applicants from India. Sangeet Chowfla, president of the Graduate Management Admission Council, said a downward trend over Brexit was overcome by currency changes that have made education in the UK cheaper for Indian students.
A report from Hootsuite shows that 63% of higher-education leaders say social media is an important piece of their strategic planning, and many are using it for international recruitment and to communicate with students. The study also found that academic leaders are 10% more likely to use social media than corporate leaders.
Some universities are implementing strategies such as advising tools and technology to individualize learning as part of efforts to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups. The number of high-school graduates is expected to decline after 2026, and minority students are expected to make up more of the college-going population, new research shows.
There are several reasons students pursue an MBA, but some experts say that the degree itself demonstrates strong professional commitment and that individual outcomes may outweigh a school's prestige for prospective employers. Data from the Graduate Management Admission Council show that 8 in 10 employers are seeking to hire MBA graduates.
Rohan Oza, sometimes known as Hollywood's "brandfather," in this Q&A discusses the role of business school for today's students. Oza, who attended the University of Michigan's business school, notes that business school can be a good fit for those who want to change careers, expand their network, or "better understand some of the fundamentals as it relates to building and managing businesses."