The mbaMission blog on Businessweek.com recently wrote a blog post highlighting the Darden Partners Association (DPA), an inclusive community for spouses, families and significant others of Darden MBA students.
The blog notes:
One alumnus told mbaMission that he chose Darden over other schools in large part because of the school’s strong support for students’ partners, declaring, ‘They are welcome everywhere.’ He made particular note of Family Day, a kind of open house for students’ partners, parents, and other visitors. The visitors attend and participate in class (a special case is used) and then enjoy a dean’s reception and barbecue. This allows partners to experience students’ daily life, meet their section mates, see their professors in action and hear the dean’s views on the role of family and community at Darden.”
The blog post also talks about the wide variety of social and outreach events that the DPA puts on throughout the year.
To learn more, read the full post or visit the Darden Partners Association website.
According to a new study published by the MBA website Poets & Quants, Darden is the only business school to be in the top 20th percentile of MBA graduate satisfaction in teaching quality for 24 consecutive years. The study is based on the satisfaction surveys of BusinessWeek (now Bloomberg Businessweek) of more than 83,000 graduates since 1988. Darden leads the story “Business Schools With the Best MBA Teaching Faculty” by John Byrne, who launched BusinessWeek’s groundbreaking rankings of business schools in the 1980s. He writes:
Only one school of all those surveyed over that 24-year span has scored in the top 20th percentile of teaching grades from graduating MBAs: the Darden School. It is an extraordinary feat achieved through the ups and downs of economic cycles, ever-rising expectations and changing student attitudes.” Read more.
Byrne also wrote a companion article, “Darden: Where Great Teachers Are Gods,” which goes inside the classroom of Darden Professor Yiorgos Allayannis for a discussion of the case study “The Weekend That Changed Wall Street.” The article discusses how Darden’s teaching environment is different from other top business schools and details the intense level of preparation that the case method requires of the Darden faculty. Nathan DeLuke, a Darden alumnus who graduated last year, notes of Professor Allayannis:
He starts by drawing you to the edge of your seat with a remarkably passionate and engaging teaching style, and then he keeps you there by driving you to make and defend specific, time-critical decisions rather than accepting easy generalizations.” Read more.
Bloomberg Businessweek recently came out with an article, “B-School Entrepreneurship,” highlighting “top MBA programs with startup resources to spare.”
The Darden School of Business is noted for having awarded over $285,000 for startups at the University of Virginia each year. The Darden Business Incubator, Innovation Laboratory, $1 million in annual entrepreneurship scholarships, and entrepreneurship clubs are also noted. Read more.
The Darden School of Business ranked #5 in the Best Job Placement 2011 ranking in Bloomberg Businessweek. Three months after graduation, 95% of the Class of 2011 graduates had jobs. Microsoft, Bank of America and Amazon were the top employers.
For more information, read the article: “Best and Worst MBA Job Placement of 2011.”
Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Sara Neher. She discusses the importance of work experience, why more women should apply to b-school, the case method, recruiting and more.
Read the article, “Admissions Q&A: University of Virginia.”
Today Bloomberg BusinessWeek released its “2010 Full-Time MBA Rankings,” and the Darden School of Business is pleased to announce that the School rose five places to the #11 spot.
In an accompanying article, “The Best U.S. Business Schools 2010,” Darden’s Director of Career Development Jack Oakes is quoted disucussing recent initiatives to help students find jobs during the economic downturn.
BusinessWeek recently interviewed Darden Professor Jared Harris about why MBA applicants should consider Darden. He discusses the case method, Darden’s focus on ethics, and the culture of high-engagement learning. Watch the video to learn more: