McCombs One of Best Schools for Job Placement

According to a recent article on WiseBread, the McCombs School of Business is considered one of the top 8 schools in the U.S. for preparing students to enter the workforce. The author named UT Austin and McCombs in her list of “8 Colleges With the Best Programs to Get You Jobs.”

The article examines schools and universities based on both the number and quality of internships and cooperative work-study programs that are available to students, as well as the extent of networking and job placement offered by the college’s career services teams. The belief is that the more opportunities students have to gain real-world experience and make connections while still in school, the better equipped they will be when joining the workforce after graduation.

The McCombs faculty also plays a huge role in preparing students with the knowledge and professional skills they will need in today’s business environment. McCombs faculty is ranked among the top 20 worldwide in many disciplines, including accounting, entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing. Many of those faculty also interact with executives and working professionals in our open enrollment and custom leadership development programs.

Hiring McCombs graduates will ensure your employees are among the best.

Doug Dierking Receives ExecEd Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Doug Dierking, Senior Lecturer of Management, McCombs School of BusinessDr. Doug Dierking was named the 2014 recipient of the Fawn & Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education. Thirteen professors in the McCombs School of Business were selected by their peers to receive teaching and research excellence awards this year. Only one of these awards is specific to Executive Education, so receiving this honor is very significant for Dr. Dierking.

Doug Dierking is a Senior Lecturer in the Management department at the McCombs School of Business. For Texas Executive Education, Doug teaches a two-day program entitled Building Engagement: What Leaders Do To Manage Talent & Build Allegiance, in which executives learn how to communicate and manage their employees more effectively to build stronger commitment, dedication and loyalty among their teams. Doug also teaches sessions on human resources efficiency and organizational development in many of our Custom Programs throughout the year.

Dr. Dierking’s areas of interest include human resource management, organizational change and redesign, management science, organizational learning and change, and workplace environment. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas in 1997.

Congratulations to Dr. Dierking on receiving this teaching excellence award!

McCombs earns highest global rank in 11 years

In this year’s Financial Times full-time MBA program rankings, the McCombs School of Business is once again recognized among the top 40 in the world. Texas MBA is ranked 39th globally, and 21st among U.S. programs. More significantly, McCombs is rated 6th best out of all public universities in the rankings, it’s highest mark in over 15 years. (Most of the top spots in the survey were taken by private universities.)

The Financial Times’ MBA program rankings incorporate a number of metrics including graduate salary, career potential, faculty research prowess, and employer perceptions, based on survey responses.

In the survey, one of the questions asked of employers and alumni is to name three business schools from which they would hire an MBA graduate. In that specific category, McCombs scored 20th highest in the world out of over 150 universities considered. McCombs School of Business faculty were also ranked 13th best globally (based on publications in top business journals), which is the highest mark they have ever earned in the survey’s history.

To learn more about the Financial Times’ 2014 global MBA rankings, read this article on McCombs TODAY or see the complete report on the Financial Times website.

Texas Executive Education is honored to feature these top-tier faculty in our executive development programs, and we are proud to be a part of the McCombs School of Business.

McCombs professors continue to rank among top in nation

stack of booksFor the fifth straight year, McCombs School of Business professors are ranked in the top 10 in the nation among almost 300 business schools surveyed. The Princeton Review annually publishes a guidebook titled, “The Best 295 Business Schools” in which they rank a total of 11 attributes including faculty, administration, campus environment and career prospects of each accredited business school in the U.S.

In the 2014 list, McCombs professors were rated No. 3 — only UC Berkeley and Harvard professors were ranked higher. Scores are based on survey responses that address how well professors teach their students and how accessible they are outside of the classroom.

McCombs also earned No. 6 overall for best campus environment, based on responses regarding a business school’s sense of community among students and their happiness in the program.

These same top-ranked faculty also teach and share their professional expertise with working professionals in our two-day Executive Education Open Enrollment programs. Through Texas Executive Education, company managers and executives can interact with and learn from the professors who lead one of the best MBA programs in the world.

Read more about Princeton Review’s 2014 survey in McCombs TODAY.

Two ExecEd professors make Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll

The McCombs Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll was recently published, and there are two Executive Education faculty members who made the list this semester. Prabhudev Konana, Ph.D., and Kyle Lewis, Ph.D. are among the 13 McCombs professors who earned their spots in the Faculty Honor Roll this Fall.

Dr. Konana teaches in Texas Executive Education’s Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning and Logistics course, and he is also an important Governing Body member in our annual Texas CIO Institute, a leadership development program for future technology executives and CIOs.

Dr. Lewis teaches part of our Leading High Performance Teams program that helps participants learn how to generate better group cohesiveness, mutual respect and support in order to be a more effective leader.

The Undergraduate Business Council and the Undergraduate Program Office select the Faculty Honor Roll each semester based on the top scores received from student course instructor surveys. Faculty Honor Roll members are regarded as very knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated to preparing students for life after college, as well as being captivating lecturers in their classrooms.

Congratulations to Dr. Konana, Dr. Lewis, and all other Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll professors! See the full list here.