How can a Non-Target become a Semi

First, I want to thank everybody for their advice on meeting my CEO. I met him yesterday and it went really well I actually view him as a point of reference now. I am becoming a better networker because of the WSO community. I am very grateful.

Ok now on to this new post. I am very active as an alumni at my non-target school. However, I am frustrated as I seen a lot of potential in my alma mater not taken advantage of. There are so many resources surrounding the campus yet they have failed to truly embrace them.

Recently there has been a new push university wide for national recognition. So, I have used this new mandate to leverage a meeting with the Dean of the College of Business. I have some ideas but I would like the input of the WSO community. If you were the Dean of a Non-Target B-school what would you do to increase its ranking and moving it towards a semi-target? The school has the money and a strong push from the administration to become more attractive.

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Apr 13, 2012 - 11:38am
Revolution, what's your opinion? Comment below:

better facilities, more interaction with successful alumni, perhaps a niche program or leverage what the b-school is known for more proactively, partnerships with local and national companies-which would aide in prospective students and recruiting

Look at what University of Colorado-Denver is doing with the JPMorgan Commodities Center http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20333250/j-p-morgan-commodities-center-opens-at-cu

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Apr 13, 2012 - 12:05pm
paulydreamer, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Revolution:
better facilities, more interaction with successful alumni, perhaps a niche program or leverage what the b-school is known for more proactively, partnerships with local and national companies-which would aide in prospective students and recruiting

Look at what University of Colorado-Denver is doing with the JPMorgan Commodities Center http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20333250/j-p-morgan-commodities-center-opens-at-cu

Those are some good ideas and very close to mine. We have some of the biggest firms in the world here. I am trying to find a way to make a partnership work. I work a BB and am currenlty writing a proposal to my upper mgmt about a partnership. However, these business need incentives.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.- JFK
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Apr 14, 2012 - 2:09pm
D M, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Revolution:
better facilities, more interaction with successful alumni, perhaps a niche program or leverage what the b-school is known for more proactively, partnerships with local and national companies-which would aide in prospective students and recruiting

Look at what University of Colorado-Denver is doing with the JPMorgan Commodities Center http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20333250/j-p-morgan-commodities-center-opens-at-cu

Do you have any info on this program outside of what's on their site? One of my friends is interested in the program (went to CSU, graduate about 1.5 years ago and can't find a job), but I'm a little hesitant to point him at this without having any ideas about placement for their MSF program.

OP: That's a great question, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. The school I'm attending now has this new program put in place to make it somehow better over the next 18 years. It makes absolutely no sense to me, though. They talk about giving these kids all these tools they need to be successful, but they don't acknowledge that the culture of the school (party school) is going to be extremely difficult to change. What they need to do is attract higher quality students (and, especially, faculty), but they're focusing on technology, research, and increasing the student population. How the hell do you make your school better by making it bigger when there are already 35,000 kids attending? Kind of rambling, had some iffy experiences here so maybe it's messing with my view of things.

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Apr 14, 2012 - 2:51pm
paulydreamer, what's your opinion? Comment below:
D M:
Revolution:
better facilities, more interaction with successful alumni, perhaps a niche program or leverage what the b-school is known for more proactively, partnerships with local and national companies-which would aide in prospective students and recruiting

Look at what University of Colorado-Denver is doing with the JPMorgan Commodities Center http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20333250/j-p-morgan-commodities-center-opens-at-cu

Do you have any info on this program outside of what's on their site? One of my friends is interested in the program (went to CSU, graduate about 1.5 years ago and can't find a job), but I'm a little hesitant to point him at this without having any ideas about placement for their MSF program.

OP: That's a great question, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. The school I'm attending now has this new program put in place to make it somehow better over the next 18 years. It makes absolutely no sense to me, though. They talk about giving these kids all these tools they need to be successful, but they don't acknowledge that the culture of the school (party school) is going to be extremely difficult to change. What they need to do is attract higher quality students (and, especially, faculty), but they're focusing on technology, research, and increasing the student population. How the hell do you make your school better by making it bigger when there are already 35,000 kids attending? Kind of rambling, had some iffy experiences here so maybe it's messing with my view of things.

Thanks. It is kind of frustrating. I was accepted to a target school but had personal issues that kept me from attending. The city I am in is HUGE with MNC's everywhere. I am astonished the university was ok with just being a "comuter" college. They didn't seem to embrace the city that surrounds them or its resources ie NYU, UChicago or UCLA. However, like I said there is a recent push to grow the brand.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.- JFK
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Apr 14, 2012 - 1:53pm
Ultima-RDK, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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