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.

Teaching award established to honor Professor Nolen

Prof. Jim NolenIn 2011,  Jim Nolen was named one of the most popular b-school professors in the entire nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. Now he is receiving yet another honor, as the McCombs School of Business is establishing the Jim Nolen Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Starting in the Fall of 2014, the award will be given annually to a deserving McCombs professor.

During his 32-year tenure at the McCombs School of Business, Professor Nolen made a tremendous impact in the lives of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Several of these former students have been very instrumental in the efforts to establish the teaching award in his name.

Nolen says he was very surprised by the outpouring of support and pledges. We wish to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Jim for receiving this honor!

Read quotes and kudos from some of Professor Nolen’s former students in an article from McCombs TODAY, and learn more about the teaching award established in his name.

Jim Nolen continues to teach working professionals in our two-day Executive Education programs at UT:  Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers, and Financial Analysis & Measuring Business Performance.

Dr. Gaylen Paulson featured in Forbes article

Always ask for the things you want, even if you don’t think you can get them.

This advice is given by Dr. Gaylen Paulson, a McCombs School of Business Professor of Management and now the Associate Dean and Director of Texas Executive Education, in every Negotiation course that he teaches. For one Forbes writer, it was one of the most effective and influential pieces of advice he has ever heard.

Kevin Ready writes about his memorable experience in Dr. Paulson’s course in a recent article on Forbes, titled “A Simple Strategy To Get More Of What You Want.” Ready recounts how he was able to amass about $22,000 in only 30 days by employing the simple yet powerful idea of always asking for what you want.

Ready challenges readers to try the same, to look for opportunities in which you can ask for something extra, such as a lower price or a better deal. Ready writes, “You will be surprised at the number of situations in which you get a ‘yes’ — which is a powerful lesson.”

Dr. Gaylen Paulson continues to teach negotiation techniques and strategies in The Art and Science of Effective Negotiation, a two-day open enrollment program at Texas Executive Education. He also teaches in Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others and Maximizing Mental Agility to Improve Creativity.