M.B.A PROGRAM HITS THE HALF-CENTURY
MARK WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE
The M.B.A. program turns 50 this year, but for faculty members, 47 may be the magic number. This year, the program ranked 47th out of the 800 M.B.A. programs in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Instead of touting this accomplishment, Associate Dean Peter Koveos and other faculty members are looking to the future. "We have to keep getting better," says Koveos, the M.B.A. program director. "I am not a person who counts anniversaries by the number of years. You have to look at accomplishments."
Those accomplishments include establishing an Army Comptrollership M.B.A. program in 1952, an independent study program in 1977, and the executive M.B.A. program in 1985. During the past five years, a new curriculum has evolved emphasizing real-world experience. Each semester, students team up in diverse groups for classes. "This reflects the business model, which is a team approach," says Joshua McKeown '92, director of Master's Student Services and Programs. "We teach teamwork and we build it in."
The curriculum changes reflect an evolving office environment and competitive corporate world. Courses in globalization, ethics, critical thinking, the natural environment, conflict resolution, and diversity were added to the core requirements of accounting, marketing, and finance. Paula A. Charland G'89, assistant dean for M.B.A. and graduate enrollment and an M.B.A. alumna, says graduates are receiving job offers with higher salaries. McKeown attributes this to their ability to deal with the complexities of business.
When Charland was a student, her classmates came directly from undergraduate study, courses were loosely structured, and there weren't many international students. Today, a stroll to Charland's office is anything but a walk down memory lane. The typical M.B.A. student has four years of work experience. There are more international students, and female enrollment is 34 percent. "Like most M.B.A. programs, we are interested in bringing in more women and more minority students," she says.
Koveos says the faculty will continue to build on the program's accomplishments. They are developing a strategy for the years ahead and have pinpointed four areas of emphasis: entrepreneurial management, integrating global competition, leadership, and technology management. Last fall, the Office of Supportive Services conducted a survey of students and faculty members and found that most students were pleased with the program. "What we are doing to mark the anniversary is enhancing programs," McKeown says. "There is a sense of history in that we are building on success."
Koveos believes the program is now ready to take the next step and move up in the national rankings. "We have done extremely well with what we have," he says, "but we still need to get a lot of work done."
LECTURE SERIES BRINGS INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRACY ISSUES TO CAMPUS
Democracy encompasses a vast range of issues, from race relations and economic disparity to sociology, politics, and education. Students and faculty members at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs get an in-depth look at multiple facets of democracy around the world at the State of Democracy Lecture Series, cosponsored by Maxwell's Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute and Global Affairs Institute.
"Democracy is a subject of interest to everyone," says Professor Goodwin Cooke, director of undergraduate studies in international relations."Citizenship involves knowing what democracy is about and where we're at."
As organizers of the lecture series, Cooke and Stephen Macedo, Michael O. Sawyer Professor of Constitutional Law and Politics, invite several lecturers to Syracuse each semester. Macedo recruits numerous presenters from across the United States. Cooke, who has worked in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Africa as a U.S. Foreign Service officer and is a former U.S. ambassador to the Central African Republic, brings in speakers from the United States and abroad. Students and faculty members often recommend guest speakers as well.
In February, Mark Lilla, professor of politics at New York University, addressed "The Revolution of 1968." Martha Nussbaum, a law professor at the University of Chicago, will address "Feminist Internationalism" in April.
The series is regarded as an academic exercise. "Listening to the speakers and discussing their views provides valuable ongoing academic communication," Cooke says. Following each speaker's presentation, a faculty panel responds to the arguments presented. Participants are then invited to talk informally with the guest speaker at a reception. A dinner concludes the event. "This series has broadened the horizons of many who attend," Cooke says. "That's what scholarly communities are supposed to do."
Philosophy professor Tamar Gendler, who helped organize lectures in the past, says the series brings together people from different areas of expertise and promotes an exchange of ideas. "People present perspectives from different disciplines on subjects that I've never even thought about across disciplines," she says.
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Professor Mark Lilla of New York University speaks at the Maxwell School about "The Revolution of 1968."
"For anyone interested in democracy, the series effectively demonstrates both sides of what the speakers advocate," says Konrad Batog '99, a political science and philosophy major. "The experience gave me a broader perspective of what democracy involves."
ANN R. MEARSHEIMER