Some Interesting Rankings of MBA Programs

Many organizations, including business magazines, newspapers and Internet sites publish lists of Universities offering MBA programs that are supposedly the best in the country. If you compare such lists, you find that many of the same schools appear on them, although not ranked in the same order on all lists. These are usually schools with national reputations and their names are well known in many parts of the world. Sadly, excellent schools offering good MBA programs have no chance to be including in these rankings. Some of the schools not included may, in fact, be more suitable for some students than the nationally known schools.

If you attach too much creditability to rankings published by periodicals such as Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes , and The Wall Street Journal , you may miss many opportunities to find an MBA program that fits your needs best. You must also understand that these lists rank the business school and not the school's MBA program. Many schools offer full-time, part-time, and executive MBA classess. Distance Learning programs are now growing in popularity. A school's full-time program may be taught by highly qualified professors while its part-time program is taught by adjuncts without terminal degrees.

It is interesting to look at the way MBA schools and programs rank if we compare them on a single characteristic such as student quality or starting salary of graduates. In this article we look at three rankings based on data reported by a large number of MBA schools.

The first ranking criterion is selectivity, or a measure of how many applicants are returned by an MBA program. One must take this criterion with some skepticism. A school that rejects a large number of applicants because many of them are unqualified may rank higher than a school that rejects fewer applicants because it gets a small number of them but most are very good candidates. From a list of top 40 MBA programs out of 928 programs reporting as of January 2011, the first few most selective programs were:

Indian Institute of Technology's Master of Management program – India – 99
University of Dhaka's Full-Time MBA – Bangladesh – 97
Chaminade University of Honolulu's MBA Evening Program – US – 95
National University of Singapore's Part-Time MBA – Singapore -95
National University of Singapore's The NUS MBA – Singapore -93
HFU Hochschule Furtwangen University's Executive MBA – Germany -90
Lahore University of Management Sciences's Full-Time program – Pakistan – 90

The two schools at the bottom of the list of 40 schools both ranked as # 35 were
Simon Fraser University's MBA – Canada – 75
TiasNimbas Business School's 2-year Part-Time MBA – Netherlands – 75

A second ranking criterion is recruiting, the number of companies interviewing MBA students on campus prior to graduation. It is important to understand that a large number of recruiters does not mean a large number of job offers and a large number of interviews does not always mean talking to the best companies. A …

Caching In: Selling Public Schooling to International Students

How much do you think a spot in a small town public school classroom cost? Try around $ 15,000 a year.

Many rural schools are struggling to stay afloat due to tax cuts and a drop in enrollment. With fewer students enrolled in the school, less money is being provided by the government. To drive more money to these small-scale public schools, administrators are putting classroom seats up for sale.

According to a Yahoo News article, rural schools from states like New York, Arkansas, Maine, and Pennsylvania are recruiting international students in hopes of providing financial security to the schools.

Foreign Recruits: What students are buying American school seats?

Wealthy families from countries like China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia who can speak English are the target enrollments for American school seat sales. They need to be willing to pay the price for both the schooling and housing during their kids in the States. Some of these families are paying $ 10,000 – $ 15,000 a year for their child to attend an American public school, while others are hanging out as much as $ 30,000.

Not only are these foreign families ready and willing to send their teen to a rural US town, but they also usually have a long-term goal in mind: to get their kids into a US college. Sounds like a win-win, right? Not everyone agreements.

While some community members and school administrators believe this is a great opportunity, many have expressed concerns over these pricey deals.

Here are some of the pros and cons that have been voiced about selling small town public schooling to international students.

Upside for Selling School Seats

More School Funding
The main goal of this new movement is simple: money. The administrators are turning to this international recruiting as a means to bring in more money for their school. Securing more school funding means fewer schools closing and more potential for growth in the school. This money could provide funding for more teachers, building improvements, new ed tech tools, more school programs, and so forth.

The Yahoo News article shared the perspective of one Superintendent from Pennsylvania. Superintendent Murray hopes to bring in 40 international students, each paying $ 10,000 for their schooling. By doing this, he hopes to make up $ 400,000 that was lost in budget cuts.

Teacher Job Security
With more students filling the classroom seats, teachers will not have to worry about their jobs getting cut or their school shutting down due to lack of students. Additionally, with more money coming into the school, their chances of getting let go due to budget cuts drops dramatically.

School Diversity
Recruiting foreign students to these small town schools can create new learning opportunities for existing students. They are given the opportunity to learn and interact with peers from another culture, extremely bringing diversity to the school and surrounding community. This can have a long term affect too. Students can prepare for when they have to adjust to a larger …

Recognizing Navigational Tools For the Future of Education

I have to laugh when I think of the times I watched the television program, "Flash Gordon," as he putted through outer space in his make-believe space ship, speaking on his make-believe wireless radio, and dressed in his make- believe space suit. Well, I'm not laughing anymore. Today we have shuttled astronauts into outer space, have men living in a Space Station, have space suites that take your temperature and gauge your heart rate, and wireless communication devices that send pictures to Planet Earth. Far fetched from reality? Not anymore. As we speak, the future is starring us in the face, waiting to see how we will promote her in the next 5-10 years.

How did science-fiction become reality over the past 50 years? Let's consider one aspect of innovation: the learning environment – post secondary education. Why post secondary education, you may ask? As post secondary education population increases, programs to accommodate students will develop into curriculum that affords students the freedom to create and design systems that they toy with on a daily basis. Are there risks involved in this adaptation process? There are risks involved when change occurs, and leadership should be aware of how to diplomatically confront the risk areas that could slow down progress. Some of the risks that could be encountered due to change are:

o Systems risks

o Subsystem risks

o People

o Financial / economic risks

o Societal / Cultural risks

If communication between systems, subsystems, people, and cultures within the organizational environment has established a strong communication system, risks factors will be at a minimum as long as the creative teams are honest and upfront about their reservations to change.

Let's look into the future through 'futureoculers' and see how the universe of learning can be brought into the present. I want to introduce to you five (5) key trends that I believe affect the current learning environment, can create change, and renovate the perspective of learners and educators for students of the future. These trends could have been the key in creating a new perspective in post secondary education for an institution. The key trends are:

o Competitive classroom learning environments – campus on-site / online / distant

o Increase in technological tools

o Teaching / learning environments-more hands on

o Global expansion capability-internal and external

o Student input in the creative learning process

Navigational Systems

Before the five (5) key trends are defined, there needs to be an acknowledgment of how the trends will be supported and regulated through a changing environment. According to de Kluyver, and Pearce, II, having the right systems and processes / subsystems organizational organizational effectiveness and facilitates coping with change. Misaligned systems and processes can be a powerful drag on an organization's ability to adapt. Therefore, check what effect, if any, current systems and processes are likely to have on a company's ability to implement a particular strategy is well advised. Support systems such as a company's planning, budgeting, accounting, information and reward and …

An Academic Degree in Business Management

In a capitalist world, where decisions of one country's economy affect the market economy of others, the importance of business management does not need an introduction. In today's fast-paced world, young graduates need to be well versed with the shades of the management so that they can keep for themselves an upper hand in the era of the cut-throat competition.

Management can be done in both graduation and post graduation level, in many relative fields such as:

– Marketing
– Finance
– HR or Human Resource
– Information Technology
– International Business
– Retail Management
– Operational Management
– Entrepreneurship

Importance of business management

In a corporate world, business management involves activities such as conceptualization, direction, buying, traffic management, stock planning and control, process scheduling and control, process methods and planning, quality management, stock management and production planning and a lot more than these.

Business, today, not only caters to our needs but also has got integrated into our daily lives and lifestyle by shaping our desires. One who can manage business is sure to get placed well in the world where commerce drives almost all other disciples. Management since is the upcoming and the most interesting field of study which has a dynamic scope for growth.

Career growth in business management

Professionals with a degree in business management gain a lot of demand in the market due to their unmatched skills and knowledge. They not only get a desirable and lucrative salary but, also an identity in the industry.

Many universities today focus to offer specialized post graduate degree courses in business management. These courses have become the most sought after courses due to their vast expanse over the market, huge opportunities of jobs and their high potential to train young minds on how to escalate up the social ladder of success.

An academic degree in management becomes an asset and is important to possess for anyone who wants a rewarding career in their business field. …

Distance Learning Homeschool Curriculum For Autistic Students

Many families that include children with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or Asperger’s Syndrome make the choice to homeschool their children. They can make the choice for a variety of very personal reasons, but the majority of families choose homeschooling because it provides a safe environment for their children. It allows them to teach their children according to their unique learning styles. Homeschooling also allows families to create a curriculum that challenges their children and offers them variety that they might not get in a traditional school environment.

If you are considering homeschool your child with ASD, Asperger’s or autism, consider a distance learning school as the core of your homeschool curriculum. An accredited distance learning homeschool will be able to accommodate the learning needs of your child. An assessment will be made of your child, and a learning profile will be constructed. If you child with ASD has trouble with auditory processing, the curriculum he will follow at a distance learning school can be very visually based. If your child has trouble with processing speed, accommodations can be made for your child to work at his own pace. The distance learning homeschool experience is very flexible.

It is likely that your child with Asperger’s or ASD will be completing a high school degree and going on to college. The majority of students attending an online high school are involved in a college prep curriculum. The distance learning homeschool will help you develop a curriculum that meets the graduation requirements, but also one that interests and challenges your child. Many children with ASD have specialized interests. Some are interested in the sciences, some in math or history. Because a distance learning homeschool is not bound by the limitations of a traditional high school in terms of scheduling, a curriculum can be developed that focuses on the specialized interests of your child.

Because distance-learning homeschools have the ability to tailor their curriculum to meet the special needs of your child with Asperger’s or ASD, many families choose to enroll their children. A distance learning high school will have many specialists on staff to help guide your child and help him choose the courses that will best suit his needs and interests. Those same specialists will help ensure that any accommodations that need to be made for your child with Asperger’s or ASD are carried out and followed through with. The online distance-learning environment makes it easy for homeschool families to be very involved with their child’s learning. Parents can monitor progress and participation.

Making the decision to homeschool a child with Asperger’s or ASD can be difficult for parents. Finding an online distance learning school to help support your high schoolers needs can make the homeschool experience an overwhelmingly positive one. Choose an online distance learning high school that will work with you and your child to help design the most challenging and interesting curriculum for you child, and one that will work to help teach your child using techniques that …