Some business schools are accepting GRE scores in addition to GMAT results to recruit more students with nontraditional backgrounds. Schools such as the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University are offering such students primers in math to boost their readiness for the program's requirements.
Western State Colorado University has introduced the first MBA program in the US aimed at producing leaders in the state's burgeoning outdoor industry. The two-year online program will focus on courses on topics such as sustainable finance and outdoor product development.
MBA graduates can leverage the tools of LinkedIn to land a job by updating their profile and actively sharing information and articles to build a following, says Chris Reed, founder and CEO of Black Marketing. Reed also suggests using the platform to stay connected to former classmates to find out about jobs before they are advertised.
The traditional MBA should be reinvented to become a "master's of business ambiguity," writes business leadership expert Lisa Kay Solomon, since business is becoming more about innovation and disruption. In this commentary, she notes that "cross-disciplinary input and support" are needed to sustain business growth in the modern era.
Male college professors tend to cite more men than women in the bibliographies of their research articles, according to a study. Researchers also found the same trend even when papers had female co-authors but noted that female authors, writing alone or together, tended to cite more female references in their bibliographies.
New learning spaces -- including active classrooms and makerspaces -- and increased use of analytics technologies are the leading education-technology trends in higher education, according to an Educause report. More long-term trends include artificial intelligence, open educational resources and use of adaptive-learning technologies, the report showed.
The increased use of rental materials and low-priced or free digital textbooks decreased the amount college students are spending on course materials by more than 30% between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, data show. More students also are using free resources while the number of those renting materials has remained flat for the past four years.
A survey by student lender Sallie Mae found that while most families said college is a good investment, 78% said price is a top consideration and 70% of students have rejected schools that are too expensive, up from 42% in 2008. The data showed 49% of parents rejected schools if student aid wasn't sufficient, up from 30% who did so in 2008.
Next year, more than 650 colleges and universities will use a tool from the Common Application to help students transfer from two-year to four-year schools or between four-year institutions. The new app will provide pathways to students to ensure credits transfer and offer a place to centralize their documents.