After much thought, I want to propose some ideas as to how to improve the MBA program. One such way I believe would be to restructure how our curriculum is structured.
- It would first involve taking exams on Friday. Now I know this idea will not go over well with my classmates, but our class time is valuable. Spending an entire class period devoted to taking an exam is nothing other than lost class time that could be spent on learning new material. By moving exams to Fridays, it would promote the ability for professors to lecture more, provide more in class discussions etc.
- I need to preface this next suggestion with a disclaimer. I greatly respect all professors in the MBA program. I value no professor more or less than another. With that being said, and with the idea that for an MBA student - typically graduate business schools focus on finance, operations and marketing, it has caused me to reconsider how our classes are structured.
Currently ISY, OB, and ECO are full or equilavently full semester long classes. I believe these classes could each be condensed and accelerated into a 1/2 semester long courses. The motivation being to provide the students more oppurtunities to take elective classes in their field of interest. This would provide the means to add additional classes to the core curriculum as well. Since having 3 half-semester long classes is unbalanced, leaving an empty slot to fill a full semester, a 4th half-semester long class could be added, such as negotiations.
By moving these classes to a half-semester long structure, it has numerous benefits. It frees our curriculum up by 1 full semester class since we are now taking the classes in half the amount of time. It gives students more oppurtunity and flexibility in there schedule as to which electives they can take. The students wouldn't be taking more hours but would allow students to take more classes, thus learning more material and ability to apply that material learned to new problems to solve. With the additional class that is freed by moving to half-semester long ISY, OB and ECO courses, students could take more FIN, Operations, MKT classes or whatever classes one is interested in.