We’ve just gotten through another Mardi Gras season, so we are seriously into the spring semester here at Freeman and things are looking very good. Tulane University has received a record number of freshman applications this year, and the applicants are better than ever in terms of grades and test scores. It’s still too early to predict final enrollment numbers, but our next freshman class will surely be as large as or larger than last year’s class and higher in quality as well. This is good news for all of us, but it is especially good news for the Freeman School. Many of these students will eventually major in business, so over the next several years we should see a large number of outstanding BSM students. In fact, we now have more than 1,200 business majors, making us one of the largest undergraduate programs at Tulane. Meanwhile, applications for the MBA and Master of Finance programs are running high, and the numbers in our Executive MBA program in Houston are the best they have been in five years.
This is also the first year of our new and still experimental Global MBA. This program, conducted in conjunction with several partner schools in Latin America, enables students to take courses with classmates from these partner schools. The classes are held in New Orleans, Latin America, Europe and Asia. This option allows students interested in international management to seriously expand their global competencies, and I look forward to watching this program grow. Later this year we also expect to welcome our first students from India as part of a new joint-degree program with Globsyn International University, a prestigious institution in Kolkata.
Just last week, the new rankings by the Financial Times were published. Overall our MBA program moved up from 95th to 80th in the world and from 58th to 46th in the U.S. This is still not where we want to be, but the trend is in the right direction. Of course, the big news from those rankings is that our finance program was ranked 10th best in the world. This is a great tribute to our finance faculty and staff and the quality of preparation they give our students.
Finally, our recruiting efforts for new faculty have been going quite well. Last year, we brought in Bert Cannella, Gaile Cannella and Carmen Weigelt, and all three are settling in to life at the Freeman School. For next year, we’ve hired Greg Oldham, a professor of organizational behavior from the University of Illinois, and two new PhDs: Lei Lai, from Carnegie Mellon, who will join our organizational behavior group, and Zhi Li, from Arizona State, who will join our finance group. We continue to search for a second new faculty member in the finance area.
So the news from the Freeman School continues to be excellent, and there is much to be excited about in the months to come. If you visit New Orleans for Jazz Fest (or the French Quarter Festival), please stop by and say hello.
Angelo S. DeNisi
Last Updated 11/19/08
Dean, A. B. Freeman School of Business