Are Universities Looking for You?

Perhaps, choosing the right university is one of the most (if not, the most) sophisticated decision that someone has to make in his entire life span. Argumentatively or not, finding the right university is more important to a person than finding the right job. (In fact, I think so). As a matter of the fact, selecting the right university can be efficacious if someone can plant some parameters in his mind. Indubitably, this comprehensive selecting process varies from person to person depending on the candidates previous background, his favorite area of specialization, reputation of the university,duration of his desired course,expenditure,the location of the university and so on. Irrespective of those individual parameters, today I would like to talk about the best universities from USA for the future business leaders. So, here it is.

Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

If someone has decided to have an MBA degree sitting with the new entrepreneurs or with the young adults, then this Darden School of Business can be his first option. In this institute, the average age of an MBA student is above thirty. The Darden School of Business is located on the North Grounds, about one and half kilometers from the central University Grounds, as part of a graduate-professional complex that also includes the Law School and the Judge Advocate General’s School. Founded back in 1955, the school has developed in size, in the scope of its set of courses, and in the geographical diversity of its impact over the past six decades. As the reputation of the school continues to widen, the Darden School of Business offers MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs.

Columbia Business School

If you are looking for having an MBA degree but unfortunately missed the previous intake and now have started thinking about waiting for the next one year, then the name of Columbia Business School may give you a sigh of relief. It is the only full-time day MBA program in USA that offers two intakes. Besides, it can be the destination for all young entrepreneurs who consider Warren Buffett, the CEO & chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, as their model. This legendary business magnate graduated from here and many people want to follow his footprints. Columbia Business School is the business School of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City.

Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

Probably, Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business is going to be the next big producer of female entrepreneurs as more than 40 percent of its MBA students are women. It is the graduate business school of Dartmouth College, an Ivy League research university situated at Hanover in New Hampshire of United States. The Tuck MBA features a scrupulous general management curriculum with a comprehensive residential community, and a faculty committed to unravel new knowledge and share it with students.

University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

If there is any future business graduate who loves learning in a beautiful campus, then this Berkeley’s Haas School of Business of University of California can be his first choice. It has got very appealing grounds and campus, which looks stunning especially at night when the lights come on. It is also suitable for those who are interested in tech start-ups and innovation. Being one of the best schools in the world for an MBA. it is one of the rigorous business schools in the world to get into.

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management

A name has less than it actually has. This institute especially focuses on management as it provides management education to more than one and half thousand students. UCLA Anderson School of Management ranks among the top-tier business schools in the world, producing leaders not only in management but also in finance, marketing, accounting and business economics.

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business

Remember the parameters that I talked about at the very beginning of this article? I hope so. If one of your major parameters is the vast presence of full professors, then this Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business can be your ultimate destination. This institute may be boastful at having more than seventy full professors. One of the seven schools at Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business is one of the top business schools in the world. The schools notion is to generate ideas that intensify and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop inventive, methodical, and discerning leaders who has the ability to make a change.

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

Let me talk about the parameters once again. If you are looking for such an university which has the huge number of alumni spread across more than half of the recognized countries, then no other institute is comparable with this one. It has an approximate of 96,000 alumni spread across 153 countries. The Wharton School is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton was established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton and is the world’s first collegiate school.

At the very beginning of my article I stated that Perhaps, the universities are looking for you.Yes, that is true. The objective of my article is to let students from business background get a rudimentary insight into the top class business schools around the USA. And all of them, yes all of them are looking for the next business leader just like you.

Beyond Suspicion: How American Colleges and Universities Can Reduce Profiling Through Programming

It is believed by many Americans that on the night of February 26, 2012, seven-teen year old Trayvon Martin was profiled, stalked, and ultimately killed as a result of the ‘perceptive-suspicion’, which often invades the lived experiences of African American males in American society. In addressing the findings of the subsequent court case following the teen’s death, President Obama remarked: “there are very few African American men in the country who haven’t had the experience of being (profiled)… that includes me”.

In a study conducted by John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, a review of FBI data specific to justifiable homicide found that in non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person. In Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent. In some respect these statistics suggest that within the context of how we as a nation determine guilt and innocence, it is far more likely to be believed that a minority person killed by a white person, is presumably more deserving of his/her fate, than would be believed true for a white person killed by another white person. In light these statistical imbalances, the question for our nation is how do we reduce and eliminate the experiences of ‘profiling’ and ‘assumptive-guilt’, to which many in our country are unfairly subject?

Much of the opportunity to provide frame and structure to the conversation, and achieve positive social change within American society, rest within the higher education community. Colleges and universities after all, have historically served to provide ‘thought-leadership’ to American society, and represent arguably the most significant time in the developmental journey of pliable, young adult students seeking to form their own identities, and life paradigms as they transition from largely ‘dependent’ life realities and world-views, to ‘independent’ realities and world-views within the context of the ‘college-bubble’. In general terms, colleges take in young adults for whom parents are responsible, and graduate adults who should ultimately be responsible for themselves, and the betterment of society.

And frankly this most recent polarizing example of ‘profiling’ could not have come at a better time for American higher education. As questions of cost, relevance, and the meaningful use of the ‘college experience’ remain at the forefront of national discussion and debate, colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to play a critical leadership role in correcting the punitive dynamics of race in our nation, while concurrently achieving the realization of a more sensitive, broadminded, and ethnically aware citizenry within the United States.

Given the current landscape of American higher education, and the nature of the opportunities that lie ahead to improve the lived experience’s for African American males, and other minority groups within American society, I offer three imperatives upon which higher education must act in order to seize this opportunity to lead efforts toward positive change, from the American campus, to the larger American culture.

1. Focus the learning experience on the intercultural and global competencies needed for success in today’s diverse society. In today’s global environment, colleges and universities bear a tremendous responsibility to construct and deliver educational programming that not only equips students to compete and succeed intellectually across academic disciplines, but also intelligently across a number of cultural expressions and experiences. In short, higher education bears a large portion of the responsibility for the emergence of a fully integrated person, post matriculation. Persons who are emotionally mature, and embody the wherewithal to think critically and compassionately across a myriad of far reaching societal issues. Moving forward, colleges and universities must continue to prioritize curricular and co-curricular programming that intentionally exposes students to a global context, and the realities incumbent therein. Diversity in new student recruitment, study abroad programming, diversity education programming, real-world simulative experiences, etc, must be positioned as ‘mission critical’ to the learning experience, and not positioned as merely ancillary components of the larger academic experience. Diversity education must become imperative to the full completion of the educational process, and a permanent part of our educational identity.

2. Ensure that the use of emerging technology within the educational experience incorporates the opportunity to build community. As we continue to move things online what happens to our opportunity to build community? In considering the rise, placement, and the scalability of delivery through Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC’s), Dan Greenstein of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, raised questions as to whether or not higher education is suffering from “innovation exhaustion”. While others like Cathy Sandeen, Vice President for Education Attainment and Innovation, at the American Council on Education (ACE), have raised concerns about the “meaningful use”, and “appropriate placement” of the advanced technology in higher education. As technological advances continue to provide expanded platforms upon which to deliver educational programming, colleges and universities must take a serious look at how they will maintain the vital essence of ‘community’, which has historically been a critical under-pinning to both the college experience, and the social development of students. Much of the ‘student development’ and paradigm formation that occurs during the college years hinges on the historical, yet brilliant concept of human interaction and personal engagement, both inside and outside of the classroom; as cultural expressions and experiences collide, and students organically develop the framework for how they will articulate ‘community’ within their unique spatial circumstances. And as the demand to offer more insular learning opportunities increases, colleges and universities must find new ways to integrate the ‘human’ touch in both curricular and co-curricular learning, and must continue to help students provide meaningful response to the following: (a) Who am I, (b) Who are my peers, (c) How do we live in community, (d) What will my life produce, (e) and What will be my legacy. Colleges and universities are in a unique position to define what knowledge about the world graduates take away with them, and must ensure the continuance of meaningful and introspective dialogue with students.

3. Leverage collective influence to ensure that diversity remains a legal priority in college admissions. Although it is clear that our nation has achieved great strides in improving the lived the experiences of minority populations, there remains an even greater opportunity to expand the reach of diversity and inclusion even further. The recent Supreme Court ruling in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, in many ways left more questions than answers, and provided little if any guidance for how colleges and universities should manage efforts to achieve student diversity in higher education going forward. In a 2009 speech to a Joint Session of Congress, President Obama noted that the educational levels of our citizens, puts our nation at risk for economic decline, noting that “countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow”. Much research has conclusively shown that diversity in our learning environments improves critical thinking, research and innovation, and is an overall economic asset. Colleges and universities must identify ways to wield their collective influence to shape the policies that govern admission practices to ensure that diversity in college admissions is protected as mission critical to our advancement as a nation, and not merely viewed as a social cause for minority populations.

American higher education has a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of American society, and positively address many of the ‘ills’ that plague our nation. Providing the appropriate educational experiences to our emerging young citizens will enable them to move beyond uninformed biases, and the limiting stereotypes that often accompany those biases.

Maintaining this focus will be critical to ensuring that future generations have the intellectual dexterity and awareness to engage both society, and the marketplace with an informed global consciousness; and further ensure that they are poised and prepared to thrive in the world of diverse ideas. Colleges and universities should lead the way in framing the path to achieve these outcomes. No other institution in American society is more qualified to do so.

Large Vs. Small Universities

Whether you are a senior in high school picking out a college or already an underclassman at a university and looking to transfer, you still want to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of your size school. I went to a state university that had over 46,000 students, but I’ve had friends who attend small private schools with 5,000 students. I’m going to take the next few paragraphs to list some of the pros and cons. This is all based on my opinions and my personal experiences at a big time university. My assessment of small private schools might be off because I have never personally attended one.

Right off the bat when you think of a big university (Texas, Ohio State, University of Florida) you think sports. One of the major advantages of going to a large university is their athletic programs. If you are a sports fan, then attending a Division I football school might factor into your decision. Televised games, pep rallies, homecoming parades, and rivalries are all part of attending a large university. However, you do not have to love sports to go to a D-I school. There are thousands of students at large universities that want nothing to do with sports, and that’s OK because there are plenty of other things to do.

Large schools also come with large libraries and media centers. There are plenty of places to study and plenty of computer labs to get your work done during class. I used to go to a computer lab (there were hundreds of computers in there) in between my classes and surf the web or complete my homework from the night before. At a small school there may only be one library and it might be too far out of your way. At a big school, there’s a library, study hall, or computer lab on every corner.

Food is another advantage of attending a large university. They have several dining halls and not to mention Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Pizza hut, and basically every other fast food joint you can think of right in the middle of campus. You can get food anywhere. And the dining halls actually have eatable food. They don’t serve Helda’s three day old meatloaf and peas. We had freshly baked omelets with bacon and pancakes every morning. I bet you can’t get that at Flagler College.

Some other quick advantages of a large university are the social aspects (fraternities and sororities, intramurals, clubs, student government, and so on). Most universities have a distinguished faculty that know what they are doing. Another advantage is there is on-campus housing for freshman (and sometimes sophomores). This gives you to opportunity to wake up 10 minutes before class starts and walk there in your PJs.

Some disadvantages of a large school are the enormous sized classes. It’s likely you can have a class with 900 people. No matter what you say or how many questions you ask in class, the professor won’t know your name. Many classes are taught by Teacher’s Assistants, which means you are not getting as high a quality as you would like. At a large university you are just a number to some people, and you can get lost in the crowd. Finally, all professors think they are hot shots and care more about their own research than helping students.

Small universities on the other hand have smaller classes. These smaller classes may put more emphasis on learning and hands-on experience. I have never attending a small university but most likely they have more individualized majors. It is not a set curriculum that thousands of people follow every semester. With smaller classes students are able to get to know their professors better. This is great from when its time to find letters of recommendation. Try getting a letter from a teacher when you were just one of 900 students in the class.

Another pro for attending a small college is the advisors know the students very well. Try seeing an advisor at the college of liberal arts at a major university. They see a hundred kids a day and won’t ever remember your name or what classes you’re taking. Also, there is a greater sense of community at a small school. You aren’t just a number on an ID card, here you are a person with a face and a name.

If you have any more questions about university size, feel free to email me at [email protected]

How to Get Into US Colleges or Universities

The United States of America is the world’s largest educational hub for the students around the world with an approximate 1,000,000 participation so far in different courses. The stat says, 5% of the aspirants in higher studies are from different part of the world, and it implies education system of the nation is top-notch; which has been mainstream of many success stories around the globe since a long ago. We can say that these numbers are not going to find a pause at least for next few years though!

The boundless reasons and opportunities attract the students to spend precious time in the USA to pursue undergraduate and graduate level programs. However, one should know the benefits and offers provided by the USA to the International student. Nevertheless, it would help to plan the journey in a smooth way.

On the other hand, an aspirant should be thoughtful about the decision to study abroad; perhaps the lack of transparency in approach would lead to tiff situations.

The ideal way to prepare for the big day:

It’s a dream for many to study in the US, and it’s not as easy as eating cherry on a chocolate cake. The process starts by filling an application form and understanding the guidelines to be a part of the certain course. On the other hand, competition environment demands the student to prepare for the entrance tests even before joining the university or college. Thus, patience and self-belief are essential to be in the race; eventually, your hard work and consistency can bring a smile to your face during result time.

Moving further, gathering informative details about the college/university helps you to make a firm decision on your selection, also you will have a clear thought about your preference. Hence, the collected information would be your guide to make your next move.

The meaning of the life comes into the picture when you take a brave step to face the new situations as a challenge. When an individual chooses to change the way he/she lived, ate, spoke and led the life, it results in the change in an approach of that person towards the society. In the same way, aspirants who are anticipating to move abroad might leave their home out of the blue, possibly without any clue about the life in other parts of the world. When they touch base in their new host nation, they are entranced by the new breeze, and new environment though, but the difference will be felt from the day one. Self-enlightenment would help you to adjust the routine cycle; however, you don’t need to plan anything before catching your flight to your destination but you should be mentally prepared for the new beginning.

And then again you will find that you have an opportunity to live the life which you dreamt off and appreciate the people around you and their culture, hence it could be a new version of yourself.

Maybe the adjustments and routine in a new place are basic, academics are imperative to plan your next few years in the country. Perhaps then there is a small hook between two different parts of your life which interconnects the whole system and you will experience it when you start realizing the correlation. This could be the reason why education system in the US is certain about giving prominence to the balance in a routine of the student. So, the dominance of the academics in student’s daily do is balanced with free time.

If you are capable of understanding self within, you will be a winner of any situation and take your own decision to lead the life in a sensible way. To make this happen; education is necessary, when you choose to travel abroad you are half done with your journey, and the life will treat you as a responsible person.