P&Q’s Must Reads: Deloitte Announces Major B-School Initiatives

Hello everyone  –- Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: Deloitte Announces Major B-School Initiatives

One of the biggest consulting companies in the world is also one of the biggest employers of business school graduates. So it’s news when Deloitte announces a new partnership with a leading B-school — even more so when it announces more than half a dozen of them.

Deloitte this month unveiled the names of six universities and colleges that will participate in the second year of its Future of Work Institute, bridging the gap between what they learn in B-school and what the market demands. The business schools at Boston University, Florida State University, Howard University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Southern California, and Dallas College will follow in the footsteps of 10 B-schools that hosted Deloitte’s “groundbreaking curriculum” in 2021, when 250 graduated with microcredentials in new workplace strategies.

The full story is up now, in our news tab. 

No. 2: UNC Kenan-Flagler Finds An Interim Dean

Last week, we reported that Kenan-Flagler Dean Doug Shackelford was calling it quits, effective, well, almost immediately.  Now, the school has announced that it found a interim replacement in longtime finance professor Jennifer Conrad.

Conrad is a former associate dean for academic affairs, an award-winning teacher, and she designed one of the first courses in the school’s industry-leading online MBA program MBA@UNC.

“I will work to maintain the considerable momentum that we have achieved together in so many areas across the school,” Conrad wrote in an email to colleagues. “The good news is that we have an outstanding leadership team and deeply dedicated staff in place and they all deserve our thanks.”

You can find the full story on our homepage. 

 No. 3: Total Cost At P&Q’s 2022-2023 Top-Ranked Executive MBAs

Over on our sister site, Poets&Quants For Execs, we compiled and compared the total cost of all the Executive MBA programs for our most recent composition rankings. 

Executives considering the advanced business degree should know that they’re looking at hefty investment whatever program they choose, with the cheapest – at BYU Marriot – coming in at just over $50,000. A program at the top of our ranking will set you back more than $200,000.

The good news: The career coaching, professional networks, and resume boosts an EMBA brings can lead to significant career advancements in future years. 

Take a look at the full list at Poets&QuantsForExecs.com.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: If you’re a current MBA student or hoping to be one in the near future,check out this story highlighting the 15 Biggest Surprises Of MBA Graduates. This spring, P&Q surveyed graduates from 75 top business schools to ask what surprised them the most. Their advice could help you avoid common MBA missteps. The story is up now on our homepage.

Next: For those looking for the right programs, we have the latest 2024 class profiles from a host of large programs this week, including Chicago Booth, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Business School.  You can find these and other class profiles from the top b-schools in our admissions tab. 

Finally: If Harvard is on your MBA dream list, don’t miss the latest in our MBA Handicapping series: HBS Interview Traps For 780 GMAT Types. Our experts give the low down to a Microsoft software engineer with stellar stats on the kinds of questions that he can expect in an HBS interview. 

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

I also want to alert all the school seekers out there to CentreCourt’s upcoming MBA Festival events. Our next series, The MBA & Your Career, is happening October 4-5, and you can register for free on our events tab. 

For those interested in online MBAs, our next backstage event is November 15-16. Register now for free.

Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening and, as always, stay informed!

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