When we launched our program last year, we knew we were going to transform online education. Our program’s face-to-face learning platform was unlike that of any other online MBA program. The support and enthusiasm we received from UNC’s renowned faculty was unprecedented. And the excitement of our first enrolled students assured us that MBA@UNC had a bright future.
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When I’m asked about MBA@UNC, the most frequent questions are about the learning platform and the overall learning experience. Questions range from the very general “How does it work?” to those of the more considered variety. Today, I offer a peek inside what it’s like to use and learn in the MBA@UNC classroom!
As part of the inaugural class of MBA@UNC, I’m almost half way towards receiving my MBA. I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. I’m into my fourth set of classes, currently focusing on finance and marketing with a global perspective. Life has also gotten crazy with child number three on the way!
“What are you hoping to get from this program?”
Every 12 weeks a new professor asks me this question. My answer has evolved a bit since last summer, but here’s an explanation of how I got here and where I’m headed.
It’s possible to get a great GMAT score after only three months of dedicated study, but it requires hard work and serious discipline. In the middle of applying for scholarships and filling out MBA applications, you’ll need to devote a good amount of time to your GMAT practice. Follow these steps to get the best GMAT score you can in only three months.
On June 12, the GMAT will unveil its new section and question type, integrated reasoning (IR). Although this section is described as “new,” it isn’t a significant departure from existing question types. The following is an overview of what you need to know and how to prepare to maximize your GMAT success.
This new section takes the place of one of the essays in the “analytical writing assessment.” Where before test-takers had to write two essays, an “analysis of an issue” (an exercise in supporting your own argument) and an “analysis of an argument” (an exercise in evaluating what’s missing from another’s argument), only the argument essay remains. Integrated reasoning fills exactly the same amount of time. The test will therefore begin with the 30-minute argument essay, proceed directly to the integrated reasoning (also 30 minutes, like the essay it replaces), then give the option of a break before the quantitative section. The test still lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes, or 4 hours with the optional breaks.
The first step to selling your idea is to understand whom you have to influence to be effective. This is regularly not done well because people often fail to recognize the difference between formal and informal power in an organization. To effectively influence, you need to find who has informal power: i.e. those who are always able to get things done inside an organization, often irrespective of their title or where they fall within the organizational chart.
Students focused on ideation, rapid prototyping, selling the concept and refining it based on “investor” feedback, and the teams came up with some impressive ideas along the way.
We posted each product concept on Quirky.com, an online innovation marketplace that helps take great ideas from concept to reality. Their ideas are posted under Action Learning and are open for the public to vote and comment on.
Now that I am in the program I read the various news articles on online MBA programs out of curiosity, and I chose to contribute to this blog to show others what life was like in the MBA@UNC program as well as help dispel any myths about the online experience. That said, an article featured in the FINS section of last week’s Wall Street Journal on “The Downside and Upside of an Online MBA” by Beecher Tuttle led me to believe that perhaps our student blogs do not do enough to accurately portray student life in this program.