P&Q’s Must Reads: Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Of 2022

Hello everyone  –- Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by Purdue University’s Online MBA program.

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: Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Of 2022

For our first must-read story of the week, we’re hopping over to our sister site, Poets & Quants for Undergrads. On Monday, we released our annual list of the 50 Best Undergraduate Professors of 2022. We received more than 500 nominations from students, alumni, colleagues, and school deans who took the time to put into words what their outstanding professors meant to them. Nominations came from more than 50 of the best undergraduate business programs, including schools in Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.

Remember, lest you decide that these undergrad professors mean nothing to you, many of these folks teach MBA classes as well. So, these professor profiles are actually a great research tool for the type of classes you may encounter in your program.

You can read profiles of all of this year’s top professors at Poets&QuantsForUndergrads.com.

No. 2: The U.S. MBA Programs With The Most International Students

Over the last two momentous years in graduate business education, international students have proven to be the lifeblood of MBA programs at business schools in the United States. Their sustained interest in studying for a U.S. MBA has helped to stave off disaster at one school after another as a strong U.S. economy has driven down domestic application numbers.

2021 was the year of the big rebound, as Trump administration immigration policies were swept aside and pandemic fears and travel restrictions began to ease. The story in 2022 at most of the top B-schools is that the numbers kept rising, offsetting the counter-cyclical dampening effect of a thriving U.S. economy. Now, nearly half of the top MBA programs in the U.S. have cohorts with 40% or more international students.

Discover the programs with the largest international makeups now, on our homepage.

 No. 3: Minnesota Carlson Names New Dean: Indiana Kelley Prof Jamie Prenkert

Though it conducted a national search, in the end, Minnesota Carlson’s 10-month pursuit of a new dean only needed to look a few states over.

The School of Management has named Jamie Prenkert to be the successor to departing Sri Zaheer, who will step down next year after more than a dozen years in the deanship.

Prenkert, the Charles M. Hewitt professor and executive associate dean for faculty and research at Indiana Kelley School of Business, was appointed the 13th dean of the Carlson School effective July 3, 2023, pending Board of Regents approval.

Prenkert previously served the Kelley School as the chairperson of the Department of Business Law & Ethics and the associate dean of Academics. In 2017, Poets&Quants named him to our annual 40-under-40 top undergraduate professors list.

Read more about Carlson’s new dean now, on our homepage.

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: Don’t miss our second annual $50,000 pitch competition with Washington University’s Olin Business School. The BIG IdeaBounce® is a pitch contest open to all current business school students. Submit your idea in an easy-to-complete online form by January 15, 2023. Get full entry details, and more on that $50,000 prize, in our news tab.

Next: For the all the aspiring entrepreneurs looking for the right MBA program, we offer Pitchbook’s 2022 list of best university programs for startup founders. You can likely guess which school came out on top, no drum roll needed. Read the full list and analysis in our news tab. 

Finally: It’s no secret that rankings are an important metric not just for prospective MBA students exploring programs, but also to the schools themselves. This week, we bring commentary from McGill University’s global executive director about why these rankings need to be viewed with a critical eye. You can find the story in our rankings tab.

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, where you’ll get front-row seats to leaders of some of the top MBA programs. Our next event is February 7-8, and is the must-attend event for any serious MBA candidate. 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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