P&Q’s Must Reads: Poets&Quants’ Dean Of The Year: Ann Harrison Of UC-Berkeley’s Haas School Of Business

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’ Dean Of The Year: Ann Harrison Of UC-Berkeley’s Haas School Of Business

If business schools are on an island, under threat from a rising tide, you wouldn’t know it by the likes of what Ann Harrison has accomplished in her four and one-half years as dean of UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

When the renowned economist assumed leadership at Haas in January of 2019, a year before the outbreak of the pandemic, she became the second woman to lead the highly-ranked business school. In quick order–and despite the disruption caused by COVID and the notoriously slow-moving bureaucracy of the University of California system–Harrison has amassed an unimaginable and nearly breathtaking record of achievement.

For these accomplishments, her change agenda and her decisive leadership, Poets&Quants has named Harrison the Dean of the Year for 2023. Read our full feature, now on our homepage.

No. 2: Ranking: World’s Best Universities For 2024

For the eighth straight year, The University of Oxford has topped the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Ranking released Wednesday (September 27).

While the top five universities in the ranking are the same as last year’s ranking, there is considerable jostling between them. Stanford University moved up one spot from 2023’s ranking to snag the second-place spot in 2024. Massachusetts Institute of Technology rose two spots to No. 3 while Harvard University fell two spots to No. 4. University of Cambridge rounded out the top five, falling two spots.

United States schools dominated the top, snagging eight of 10 spots while United Kingdom Schools claimed the other two.

You can see the full list in our trending tab.

No. 3: Nominations Open For P&Q’s Best Undergraduate Business School Professors Of 2023

Time is running out to nominate outstanding undergrad business school professors for our annual recognition. Poets&Quants For Undergrads is accepting nominations for professors who inspire in the classroom, excel at research, and exhibit outsized influence in their fields.

Nominations for the 50 Best Undergraduate Business School Professors of 2023 are open until October 16. We welcome nominations from students, schools, colleagues and professors themselves.

This is the biggest honor P&Q bestows on outstanding undergraduate faculty, so get those nominations in before the deadline. Learn more at Poets&Quants For Undergrads.

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: Invited To Interview By Harvard Business School? Here’s What To Expect. Check out this story, on our homepage, unveils the questions to prep for & the attitude to bring.

Next: The Favorite Courses Of MBAs. Use this story to uncover interesting courses at some of the world’s best programs. You’ll find it in our trending tab.

Finally: Mastering Kellogg’s New Video Questions, offers all the advice you need for this M7’s video app. You’ll find this story, and other great admissions advice, in our admissions hub.

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

I also want to alert school seekers to our upcoming online MBA admissions event. You’ll hear from alumni and career experts from leading business schools about how the MBA can fast-track your career. Our next event is Nov. 7-8, and you can 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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