Northern Nevadans have a big reason to take pride in the MBA program at UNR. For the fourth year in a row, the Princeton Review has recognized the program in its "Best Business Schools" guidebook. The ranking is based on data from the school as well as feedback from business students. In addition, Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently ranked the part-time MBA program at UNR as the fourth best in the nation.
That's believed to be the highest ranking of any graduate program in the history of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The part-time program outranked those at prestigious schools such as Rice University, Villanova and UC Berkeley.
Students gave the professors in the program high marks, and said they particularly liked the case-study and team-oriented approach to learning business. MBA student Zach Yeager described the program this way: "The MBA program is successful because it has instructors who care about what they teach, and the students are motivated to learn. When you combine great instructors with motivated students, the result is an exceptional classroom experience."
Visiting faculty member Richard Bostdorff teaches a class on Leadership and Organizational change. Bostdorff has a long resume of business expertise, ranging from his years merging Pacific Bell and SBC, to his time as COO of Nevada Bell. He also led the merger of transportation giants DHL and Airborne Express, which was truly a global integration. Bostdorff believes in using real-life case studies to teach business students to think critically and outside the box. He also keeps the class current by bringing in other business leaders. Earlier this year he brought in guest speaker Alan Deutschman to talk about the role of leaders in creating change.
Deutschman is a nationally acclaimed writer and speaker, and an expert on Steve Jobs who was the subject of his latest book: "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs." Deutschman is also the Professor, Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism at UNR. During the class, he focused on well-known companies, and their leaders. Examples included Jeff Bezos at Amazon, who makes customer service a priority. Deutschman also analyzed the success of companies like Apple, FedEx and Google.
Along with a strong faculty and curriculum, the Business School has several other notable strengths. One is its historic relationship with regional employers, and the maintaining of a career services office. That office provides counseling and resources for students tho help them find jobs in their chosen profession.
Maybe that's why business students rave about the program. Graduate student Yeager says the class allows UNR students to thrive in a challenging environment. "Dick's class is special because he adapts it based on the knowledge, experience and interests of the students," he said. He trusts his students to take control of their own education," he added.
This is just one class among many at the Business School. But it's easy to see why the part-time MBA program is ranked as one of the top in the nation; and one in which we can all take a great deal of pride.