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Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 1:53 PM
The Evening MBA program at Santa Clara University is among the nation’s top 20 programs of its kind, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine in its biennial survey of specialized MBA programs. The magazine ranked the SCU School of Business at #19 in the 2011 listing; in the magazine’s 2009 report, the program was ranked at #27.
“We are delighted that the BusinessWeek survey shows our MBA programs are gaining national recognition,” said Leavey School of Business Dean S. Andrew Starbird. “Silicon Valley employers have long recognized the collaborative outlook, strategic thinking, and principled perspectives our business graduates bring to their enterprises.”
Earlier this year, BusinessWeek editors surveyed new alumni of accredited MBA programs who recently received their MBA from a part-time graduate business program. Graduates were questioned about academic quality, classroom facilities, and salary increases upon graduation; the editors also factored in average entry exam scores, tuition, and average class sizes in determining the rankings. The publication conducts an annual survey of full-time MBA programs; specialized programs such as the part-time MBA are assessed every other year. The rankings appear on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, www.businessweek.com/business-schools/
Begun in 1959, the Evening MBA in the Leavey School of Business was among the first group of master’s of business administration programs to be accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). The Executive MBA program was launched in 1999. The business school also offers a fast-track-to-completion Accelerated MBA program and a M.S. in Information Systems, developing technical and managerial skills for senior IT leaders. About 850 part-time students currently study in the Evening MBA program, while another 100 students are enrolled in other business graduate degree programs offered by the school.
Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010 12:11 PM
Narendra Agrawal, chair of the OMIS department, will become Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Leavey School of Business (LSB) on July 1. In the new role, he will assist Dean Drew Starbird with faculty development and strategic planning issues.
"Naren was nominated by at least a dozen of our colleagues," said Dean Starbird, making the announcement to LSB faculty last week. "His selection was heartily supported by the other department chairs, and he will serve the School and University well."
Professor Agrawal joined the LSB faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in operations management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also holds an MA in decision sciences from the Wharton School, an MS in management science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and B.Tech. from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India. Professor Agrawal has nearly 30 refereed publications or technical reports and has made well over sixty academic presentations in the US and abroad. He has served as associate editor for Management Science and for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and as an editorial review board member for Production and Operations Management. Professor Agrawal's research focuses on supply chain management, service supply chains, retail management and assortment planning, and channel dynamics.
For the last two years, Professor Agrawal has served as Chair of the OMIS department, overseeing curriculum, scheduling, hiring, and faculty evaluation. He has served the University and School in a variety of roles including chair of the MSIS review committee, member of the MBA leadership team, member of the EMBA design committee, and a member of the LSB rank and tenure committee.
In his spare time, he is a trustee of Give2Asia, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and facilitating philanthropy in Asia.