Business Week has just published its highly influential rankings of executive MBA and Executive Education programs, and I’m pleased and proud to note that Columbia has not only done well, but improved its position considerably in both.
In his first year as Associate Dean of our executive education offerings, Troy Eggers has led a strong upswing in our position. For non-degree executive education offerings, Columbia ranked #5 for Open Enrollment (programs that people from any company can take) and #7 for custom programs (designed specifically to meet the needs of individual clients). We were ranked #7 and #20 respectively in the survey done two years ago. Of particular note is that our strategy and leadership offerings were both rated with an A+.
Our Executive MBA program, under the leadership of Associate Dean Ethan Hanabury, has captured the #6 spot on the ratings. That’s huge, because two years ago flaws in the program had led to its not even making the top 20 (which was a major psychological blow). To learn more about the Columbia Executive MBA program click here.
Rankings of course do not capture the heart and soul of a program, but it’s still nice to have the external validation.
To have a look at the article, Click here
To browse around Columbia Executive Education’s web site Click here
- Posted Rita McGrath on November 03, 2007
Two books which challenge the current way educational institutions organize themselves are now out, and they are both a fascinating read. Rakesh Khurana’s book From Higher Aims to Hired Hands traces the evolution and development of business schools and observes that they have more or less abandoned the professionalization of managers as a goal. He questions the long run viability of the current model. The other fascinating read is by Anthony T. Kronman, and is called Education’s End: Why our colleges and universities have given up on the meaning of life. While his focus is on liberal arts schools, not business schools, there are eerie parallels between his argument and Khurana’s. In both cases, they observe that the adoption of the German University model for faculties, in which research and scholarly publication are key to promotion and tenure of professors, has diverted university faculty from important social and community goals.
How to change the trajectory of our educational institutions? I’ll be making some suggestions in the upcoming December issue of the Academy of Management Review. Khurana recommends reviving a goal of producing professional managers (though is a tad skeptical of how this might be done). Kronman anticipates a revival of traditional humanism. Weigh in on the debate!
- Posted Rita McGrath on October 06, 2007
I was recently asked to consider whether the prestige of a university matters at all in the business world. I’d say it does.
One place you see it make a huge difference is when companies are looking for universities to partner with in the world of executive education. They feel a great comfort with a name brand as their university collaborators.
For individuals, in my experience, a prestigious degree (and the social network that goes with it) helps perhaps in landing that first job, but it isn’t a guarantee of career success. As I’m sure some grandmother somewhere would say, it can open the door, but you have to walk through it.
That much being said, some highly selective companies wouldn’t even look at an inexperienced candidate without a certain pedigree.
It’s been shown that the more selective MBA programs tend to convey a salary and job advantage on their graduates. There are several studies cited in this article:
Bennis, W. G. & O’Toole, J. 2005. How Business Schools Lost Their Way. Harvard Business Review, 83(5): 96-104.
I think university prestige always creates a nice opening, whether for business or for more social purposes. It provides people with a way to categorize your quality without actually having to make an individual judgment.
It’s also worth remembering the downside of a highly prestigious degree—possible employers, dates and others may assume that you’re stuck up, too expensive or too demanding and you could also lose out on opportunities.
- Posted Admin on September 21, 2007
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