This Business School Had A 140% Surge In Enrollment This Fall

Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business is crediting a host of new programs for drawing huge new interest in the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Stuart School photo

From Chicago: Building on its spring 2023 enrollment surge, the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology has announced another remarkable increase in enrollment. Stuart now has more than 850 students across undergraduate and graduate levels, representing a more than 140% increase in enrollment from fall 2022.

Under the leadership of Dean Liad Wagman, Stuart has refined its curriculum to meet contemporary industry needs, offering programs in analytics, finance, economics, management, marketing, and the nonprofit public sector at the interface of business and technology. This strategy continues to position Stuart as a destination of choice for students, particularly as demand for graduate business schools experiences fluctuations nationwide.

“We are incredibly pleased with the sustained growth we’re seeing,” said Wagman. “Our focus on blending business education with technological expertise has struck a chord with prospective students who see the tremendous value in what Stuart offers. We are committed to continuing this momentum by further enhancing our innovative academic programs.”

Stuart’s long-standing reputation for innovation has been a cornerstone in its growth. Building on curricular and scholarly innovations spanning more than 125 years of business education at Illinois Tech, Stuart School of Business introduced the world’s first specialized master’s degree in quantitative finance in 1990, providing a new model for integrating theory, practice, soft skills, and experiential learning. This legacy of groundbreaking and transformative approaches to business education, oriented around student success and career growth, persists at Stuart today.

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American University’s Kogod School of Business

Namesakes provide monumental $15M gift to American University’s Kogod School of Business

From Washington, D.C.: American University’s Kogod School of Business received a $15 million gift from school namesake Robert Kogod and his wife, Arlene, to establish three endowed chairs as part of the institution’s ongoing investment in impactful scholarship and teaching. The gift is the largest single contribution in the Kogod School’s history, and the Kogods are the second highest individual donors in American University’s Change Can’t Wait fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $433 million to date toward AU’s $500 million goal. Their support will further the pathbreaking scholarship of Kogod’s faculty in key areas of academic focus.

The funds will endow three departmental chairs, two at the Kogod School of Business and a third as a joint appointment at Kogod and the American University School of Public Affairs. The newly minted Arlene R. and Robert P. Kogod Eminent Scholar Chairs will be established in key areas of focus, expertise, and impact at American University: finance, marketing, and sustainability. Valentina Bruno and Sonya Grier, two current Kogod faculty members, will be appointed Kogod Eminent Scholar Chairs, and the third will be identified at a later date.

Endowed faculty positions are universally recognized as a hallmark of academic quality. Holding an endowed position is one of the greatest honors in academia, conveying the individual’s great expertise and sustained record of achievement.

“The Kogod name is associated with excellence and impact throughout D.C., and their generous support will enhance academic and experiential opportunities for our students, support our expert faculty members in their changemaking scholarship, and continue AU’s momentum in our community and beyond,” said American University President Sylvia Burwell. “The Kogods’ gift is a transformational part of the Change Can’t Wait campaign, which is advancing American University’s leadership in scholarship and learning with impact.”

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INSEAD ‘Force for Good’ campaign concludes by surpassing all goals

From Fontainebleau, France: INSEAD has announced the successful conclusion of its largest fundraising campaign to date, the “Force for Good” campaign.

Launched in 2013, the campaign has exceeded expectations, surpassing its initial 200-million-euro target to reach an impressive 310 million euros. An outstanding 52% of INSEAD’s alumni and students actively participated in the campaign, surpassing the 50% participation goal.

The campaign’s close on August 31, 2023 coincided with the end of the transformative deanship of Professor Ilian Mihov.

“Being at the helm of INSEAD and witnessing the school’s remarkable growth over the past decade has been an incredibly rewarding experience,” Mihov says. “The challenges of recent years have united our global community, fostering resilience, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit. I am confident that the school will achieve even greater heights under the leadership of Dean Francisco Veloso due to the remarkable capabilities of this community. The Force for Good campaign serves as a powerful testament to our collective potential.”

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