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March 2011 : Looking to Spring

Drew Starbird, Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Dean
Drew Starbird, Dean
Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University 

Winter Quarter is over, but activity around Lucas Hall never stops.

While students and faculty are on a well deserved break, Business School and University staff host special conferences and prepare for the final academic quarter. This Dean's Update includes news about student activities, faculty achievements, and future plans for the Santa Clara University School of Business.

Business School Planning

Last month, the University has released its Strategic Plan, and the Business School is not far behind in its planning cycle, with our strategic planning team incorporating faculty and staff feedback into the final document to be released next month. In conjunction with the strategic planning process, we have begun curriculum review at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and are working with a major marketing firm on positioning and messaging for the Business School.

Undergraduates are National "Green Business Plan" Winners

First place team from Santa Clara University School of Business Accounting AssociationFour student leaders from the SCU Accounting Association entered KPMG's 2011 "Living Green" competition, placing first in the national competition with their plan to promote "The Forge," a new community garden at the corner of Benton and Sherman. Read more about the SCU students' prize here »

The garden, a cooperative effort between the Food & Agribusiness Institute, the Environmental Sciences Institute, the Ignatian Center, and other SCU departments, has turned a vacant lot near Lucas Hall into an environmental justice project, contributing the garden's bounty to a women's and children shelter near the campus. Read more about the garden initiative here »

MBA Team Places in Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)

2011 Santa Clara University School of Business MBA team at VCIC (Venture Capital Investment Competition).Earlier this month a team of MBA students participated in the Southern California Venture Capital Investment Competition and brought home "The Entrepreneurs' Choice" award. The third place prize was the best showing our SCU team has made over the few years we have fielded a team. (Read more about the team and its experience here ») In February we hosted the Silicon Valley VCIC competition, with SCU alumni, faculty, and advisory board members serving as judges.

Rankings for Business School Programs 

Annual rankings from two national publishers were released recently. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the SCU School of Business undergraduate program #35 in its "Best Undergrad B-Schools" issue, a slight increase over the program's 2010 placement of #39.  Read about the BusinessWeek list here »

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Grad Schools 2012" listed our part-time MBA at #50 out of nearly 300 such programs, a disappointing decline from the #35 placement last year. The publisher's website (paid subscription required) listed our Executive MBA as #15 and Entrepreneurial studies as #24. Read more about U.S.News rankings here »

Making sense of the large number of rankings by publishers and website proprietors available can be a full-time job, as the various lists rely on different criteria and methodology that differs in objectivity. (See our Rankings FAQs here ») 

The business accrediting organization, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), offers students information to compare the rankings (see AACSB's website here »). Malcolm Gladwell had a different take in the February 14 issue of The New Yorker (read an abstract of The Order of Things here » —paid subscription required to read full article).

Faculty in the News

Research on the role emotions play in decision-making by economics faculty members John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee was featured in the New York Times blog, 'Freakonomics' in February.

Meir Statman, author of What Investors Really Want, was interviewed by the Bloomberg Network and the Chicago Tribune, among others, about learning from financial mistakes.

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