Pioneering education. Simon was one of the first business schools in the world to offer an MBA program for working executives. And in 1986, it became the first U.S. accredited school to establish a European-based MBA program. Today, Simon is piloting a one-year MBA program and new, specialized master’s programs in pricing and business analytics.
Intellectual innovation. Simon’s annual New York City Conference is a growing experiential learning opportunity that tackles today’s most pressing issues around free enterprise, regulation, and reform. Entering its fourth year in May, the conference has drawn attendees by the hundreds (450 attendees are expected this year) and features leading industry executives, government officials, and preeminent faculty. Past honorees and speakers have included Pete Peterson ’94S (LLD), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Steven Levitt, and Jeff Immelt.
Branching out. Major successes in New York City—the conference and master’s programs in finance and management for working professionals—has led to the University establishing a branch campus. Recently approved by the Board of Trustees and now clearing New York State regulatory guidelines, the campus will help develop additional academic offerings, engage other areas of the University, and build Simon’s profile and presence in one of the world’s media, financial, and cultural capitals.
Entrepreneurship. It’s also one of Simon’s fastest-growing areas of study. In 2003, a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation helped launch the Center for Entrepreneurship. Since that time, the Center has used courses, programming, partnerships, and collaboration to transform ideas into enterprises. One of the ways this is exemplified is the Venture Capital Fund. Run by second-year MBA students and guided by an advisory board of successful entrepreneurs, the Fund provides students with hands-on learning experience in entrepreneurship and venture capital investments.
Thought leadership. Simon’s faculty members are known internationally for leading scholarship in management-related areas, their research is published in top-tier journals, and several members serve as editors of leading journals, including three published disciplines. Asst. Professor Robert Novy-Marx has established himself as the leading researcher in the field of municipal pension funding shortfalls. If not fully understood and addressed, these shortfalls could run into the trillions of dollars with far-reaching, long-term consequences. He’s pretty much a genius.