Michigan Ross Dean to Step Down in 2016

Alison Davis-Blake has announced she will resign as dean of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business when her five-year term ends in June 2016, according to an e-mail sent to Ross School students …

Ross dean to step down at term end

Alison Davis-Blake has announced she will resign as dean of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business when her five-year term ends in June 2016, according to an e-mail sent to Ross School students and staff Monday.

Davis-Blake, who is one of only nine female deans heading a top-50 business school in the United States, says she is hoping to take up a broader university role, such as provost or president, to focus on the problems and opportunities facing universities.

The dean counts numerous successes during her tenure at Ross, including launching a successful capital campaign that has already raised more than $213 million; hiring 25 percent of all current tenure-track faculty; and tripling the number of undergraduate students who have a global experience as part of their education.

Before her deanship at the Ross School began in 2011, Davis-Blake had served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota since 2006. Previously, she was a management professor and associate dean at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

“Beyond the business school realm, there are significant challenges that face all universities, in both professional and liberal education,” she tells Michigan news outlet MLive. “I find myself eager to contribute solutions to these larger challenges during what will surely be a time of significant change in higher education.”

With more than a year left in her term, Davis-Blake has allowed time for a smooth transition as university Provost Martha Pollack and President Mark Schlissel begin to recruit for her replacement.

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Harvard Business School Launches Gender Initiative

In an effort to accelerate the progress of women leaders, Harvard Business School announced this week it will launch the Gender Initiative to to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business …

In an effort to accelerate the progress of women leaders, Harvard Business School announced this week it will launch the Gender Initiative to to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. Inspiration for the Gender Initiative emerged during the 2013 commemoration of the School’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to its two-year MBA program.

“So much of what people think they know about gender is simply not substantiated by empirical evidence but instead is based on gender stereotypes,” says Robin Ely, Harvard Business School’s Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.

“We want to develop the Initiative so that Harvard Business School becomes the ‘go-to place’ on gender issues, where both researchers and practitioners can come together to find ways to advance gender equity in the workplace and help both women and men lead whole, fulfilled, and sustainable lives.”

The news comes just as we release the results of Stacy Blackman Consulting’s annual survey of prospective business school applicants, in which more than 34% of respondents believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women.  Our survey also revealed that 63.46% feel that the lower number of women in business school is a significant issue.

“We have seen that women are very successful in the admissions process, as well as in business school and throughout recruiting,” says Stacy Blackman, President of Stacy Blackman Consulting.  “The issue of women in business school is in the spotlight, and the good news is that it may encourage more women to apply and more schools to improve the environment for women.”

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2015 Survey Results of Prospective MBA Applicants

More than 34% of business school applicants believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women, the annual survey by Stacy Blackman Consulting reveals. The poll also indicated that 63.46% feel that the lower number …

More than 34% of business school applicants believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women, the annual survey by Stacy Blackman Consulting reveals. The poll also indicated that 63.46% feel that the lower number of women in business school is a significant issue.

“The issue of women in business school is in the spotlight, and the good news is that it may encourage more women to apply and more schools to improve the environment for women,” says Stacy Blackman, President of Stacy Blackman Consulting. “We have seen that women are very successful in the admissions process, as well as in business school and throughout recruiting.”

The survey also reported that 44.92% of respondents plan to apply to five or more business schools, with 17.1% planning to apply to six schools, and 23.34% planning to apply to five schools. Last year, only 22.86% planned to apply to five schools, and 10.57% to six schools.

In fact, reduced application requirements (fewer essays and shorter essays), prompted 60.49% to apply to more programs, according to the survey. However, with many b-school programs adding video as part of the application process, 29.3% of respondents cited limitations in revealing their true selves, ideas and goals via video essays or video interviews.

Other survey results include:

*Interest in consulting careers post business school continued with a slight increase from 37.72% last year to 39.21% this year, while job interest in finance decreased from 24.4% last year to 18.37% this year. Interest in Entrepreneurship was steady, capturing 24% of career plans this year and 24.72% last year.

*48.91% indicated reputation is the most important factor influencing the decision to attend a particular business school, followed by 17.44% for strength of job placement, and 12.67% for strength of alumni network. Last year, 50.87% cited reputation and 21.87% cited strength of job placement.

*Career advancement ranked as the top reason to attend business school at 44.95% (43.7% ranking it as most important last year), followed by career change at 34.02% (compared to 38.17% of respondents last year).

*Interest in the GRE grew from 7.65% last year to 10.91% this year, while 89.09% plan to take the GMAT this year, compared to 92.37% last year.

The survey was conducted between April 21, 2015 and May 6, 2015, with 739 respondents.

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HBS Admissions to Launch New ‘MBA Voices’ Blog

Dee Leopold, director of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School, made a couple of interesting announcements on her blog last week. For one, the space has been renamed “Direct from the Director,” and will continue …

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HBS Admissions Director, Dee Leopold

Dee Leopold, director of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School, made a couple of interesting announcements on her blog last week. For one, the space has been renamed “Direct from the Director,” and will continue to focus solely on updates and information related to the MBA admissions process in an attempt to make the experience as transparent as possible.

The director also revealed that the team at Dillon House will debut a brand-new blog later this month called “MBA Voices,” which will have the following purpose:

We want to tell you compelling stories from around HBS. We want you to get to know our students, alums and faculty. We want to help you get a better understanding of our clubs, initiatives and the student experience. We want you to gain insight into the career choices our students make and the myriad activities that make our campus come to life.”

MBA hopefuls will no doubt welcome having this insider view of the top-ranked business school, which may help the undecided take the plunge and apply. We’ll keep you updated here on the launch of this new online space, and make sure to bring to your attention all of the most relevant, interesting stories to come from Harvard Business School’s “MBA Voices” blog. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday Tips: 2015 Harvard Business School MBA Application Essay Tips

This year Harvard Business School has decided to continue with one open-ended essay. The question has changed slightly and focused emphasis on the case method and your interaction with classmates. The HBS admissions director blog …

This year Harvard Business School has decided to continue with one open-ended essay. The question has changed slightly and focused emphasis on the case method and your interaction with classmates. The HBS admissions director blog notes that the “optional” element was dropped because: “this season, every applicant submitted a response. We get it. You want to tell us things.”

The most challenging part of this essay is remaining disciplined. With unlimited space to make your case, you may be tempted to compose a laundry list of everything interesting or impressive you have ever done. That urge could backfire, as the essay is used to determine who isn’t a fit for HBS as much as those who deserve the chance to move into the interview round. Maturity, accomplishment, and leadership are highly valued qualities and this essay is your chance to display those qualities through the stories you choose and the voice coming through your writing.

There is one question for the Class of 2018 application essay:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

A note on word count: HBS values brevity in essays. Do not be tempted to go overboard with a 2,000 word essay, rather focus on concise and clear writing and consider keeping this essay to 1,200 words or less. Our clients have successfully composed essays anywhere from 500-1,300 words, though you should take a pass through your essay to cut any unnecessary words if you find yourself on the upper end of that range.

The goal of this essay is to know yourself, know HBS, and know how to match the two to demonstrate your fit for the school as you introduce yourself to your classmates. Your first task should be to evaluate all of the other aspects of your candidacy – what is the story your resume tells? What do you think recommenders will say? How does your transcript communicate your skills, accomplishments and interests? Then you need to evaluate how to fill the gaps with the essay.

When you view the recommended video on the case method you can see that diverse perspectives are valuable to the case method experience. Think about what diverse experience you bring. We have found that both personal and career oriented topics can work, and most candidates tell more than one story in the essay. Consider that from your classmates’ perspective the most interesting information will be both personal and professional. You will be studying together and socializing together. Later, you will be professional contacts in your classmates’ career network. In the past we have observed that successful HBS essays also demonstrate of a core driving passion.

As you consider possible stories to tell in this essay keep in mind that HBS has always been highly focused on leadership and wants to accept candidates who have a track record of leadership impact and a success trajectory that indicates upper management potential. Accomplishments have traditionally been a strong focus of HBS essays, and using at least one accomplishment story in this essay may be a good strategy, particularly if your accomplishments are not obvious when reading your resume or transcripts.

A note on what not to do: We see many applicants tempted to include “why HBS” type information in HBS essays. Explaining why the case method specifically is a good fit for you and your learning style is absolutely appropriate, but more detailed “why HBS” content has never been asked for in an HBS application essay question. HBS admissions is quite clear on the value of an HBS degree, and they would rather see you use the space to provide more information about yourself and your candidacy.

Looking for guidance on your HBS application? Contact us to learn more about Stacy Blackman Consulting.

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Yale SOM 2015-2016 MBA Application Deadlines

While the online application won’t go live until early July, Yale School of Management‘s Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico has previewed the upcoming application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018. Round 1 Application Deadline: …

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While the online application won’t go live until early July, Yale School of Management‘s Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico has previewed the upcoming application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018.

Round 1

Application Deadline: September 16, 2015
Decision Release: December 7, 2015
Enrollment Deadline: February 12, 2016

Round 2

Application Deadline: January 7, 2016
Decision Release: March 25, 2016
Enrollment Deadline: May 6, 2016

Round 3

Application Deadline: April 21, 2016
Decision Release: May 20, 2016
Enrollment Deadline: May 31, 2016

DelMonico also notes the SOM will again have a single essay prompt this season, which the school will share in early June to allow Round 1 candidates to get a head start on their applications.

For more information, visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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