P&Q’s Must Reads: Poets&Quants’ MBA Program Of The Year


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: Poets&Quants’ MBA Program Of The Year

The MBA program of the future will be highly flexible and innovative. You’ll be able to start it with a single course at a time, or a sequence of courses that stack into a certificate. It’s online so you don’t have to leave your job. You can pay for it as you go through.

That MBA of the future is already here, and it is Poets&Quants‘ MBA Program of the Year. The iMBA from the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business has launched yet another on-ramp to the degree: a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, with up to six more options coming within the year.

Read more about Gies iMBA and all the reasons its P&Q’s program of the year on our homepage.

No. 2: P&Q’s Dean of the Year

Traveling west from Gies, we take you next to Stanford Graduate School of Business to reveal our dean of the year.

As an economist, Jon Levin may have very well been on his way to the Nobel Prize, but he set aside his scholarly pursuits to take on the top administrative job at one of the world’s best business schools.

For bringing stability to a school wracked by scandal, for putting Stanford in the lead of all business schools on diversity and inclusion, and for expertly leading Stanford into the modern age, Levin has been named Poets&Quants Dean of the Year for 2022. The 50-year-old economist is the 12th leader of a business school to earn this honor, joining a stellar cast of academic talent over the years.

Read our full Levin profile at poetsandquants.com.

 No. 3: 2022 Business School Rankings: The Complete Collection

It’s a bit of an understatement to say MBA rankings took a bit of a beating this year. 

The Economist, tired of being lampooned for its puzzling practices and rollercoaster results, tapped out of the rankings game. At the same time, Forbes pushed back its ranking another year. And let’s just say experts are growing suspicious when they can’t replicate Bloomberg Businessweek’s results. On a larger scale, data scandals involving Temple University and Columbia University have made prospective students increasingly skeptical of their accuracy. In the law school space, top schools are increasingly opting out of rankings entirely, often citing U.S. News for penalizing public service in its methodology.

Still rankings still remain one of the most sought after tools for prospective MBAs looking for a fitting program. 

This collection includes all of the major rankings and analysis we’ve published this year, including our own ranking of the best business schools of the year. Find it in our rankings tab.

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: For school searchers, we’ve collected all the year’s employment reports and class profiles into one handy list. From there you can compare the data from all the top business schools to find the program that’s best for you. Find the collection in our news tab.

Next: Ready to tackle that MBA application? Fortuna Admissions has 5 Top Tips To Maximize Your MBA Application Process – including the benefits of starting early. Find this and other great advice in our admissions hub.

Finally: If you are applying to business school you have probably heard that it’s important to network. But there are several mistakes that can seriously derail your MBA ambitions. North Star Admissions Consulting reveals some of the biggest networking mistakes in our admissions 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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