Sanjay Gupta is the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He joined the Broad College in 2007 as the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.
The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University will pilot an admissions initiative to attract dynamic candidates with professional experience. For the first time, starting with the class of 2021, Broad Full-Time MBA Admissions will review and accept a select number of candidates without a standardized test score.
“It is indeed the case that the traditional applicants to an MBA program is a smaller pool,” Gupta says. “But there are many others who are interested in the MBA who have a diversity of professional experiences. But they’ve been out of school for a long time or just don’t have the time to prepare for a standardized test.”
The Broad College’s MBA curriculum is changing too. He says we’re currently living in what many people call the fourth industrial revolution or the new economy.
“That is characterized by a heavy emphasis around technology, creativity, and innovation. So many business models are changing fundamentally. So what we’re trying to do from a curricular standpoint is make sure that we are preparing our students to be successful in the new economy.”
Gupta describes the Broad College’s “Extreme Green” short course that’s built into the MBA program that is geared toward provoking creative and innovative thinking. And he provides an update on the Broad Pavilion project. He describes it as “one of the missing pieces” the college has had for some time.
“We’re creating a facility that is focused exclusively on teaching and learning and speaks to the needs of how teaching and learning takes place today. And it creates an environment where collaboration, networking, and technology can all come together in a really nice way.”
Dean Gupta talks about how business students and curricula have changed over the years.
“We need to wrap technical skills, soft skills, new economy skills, and all the issues around diversity and inclusion and ethics and integrity into the curricular experience; that is the future of business education.”
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