The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business combines its focus on “valuesbased leadership,” “sustainability,” globalization, and “ethics,” with its “strong reputation” and extensive “business network within the Denver community.” The result is a well-balanced program which builds a community of “sharp, young professionals” who enjoy the school’s status as “the best in the region.” As a private institution, students say “networking is better and class sizes are smaller.” In addition to attracting a large number of students who hail from abroad, the school offers high-achieving undergraduates the opportunity to pursue their MBA in only one extra year of course work. Thus, the student body at Daniels College of Business tends to be divided between younger faces fresh out of their undergraduate studies and those working professionals looking to pursue an advanced degree in their field through the Daniels part-time Professional MBA program. One student characterizes the population thusly, “the [average] age range is 23–32 years old. Most have or are working for Fortune 1000 companies. The type of experience is diverse, ranging from Finance to Engineering to Medicine. All are in a similar situation of balancing work, school, and family.” A Professional MBA adds, the “part-time program lets me work full-time while in school, so my career isn’t put on pause.” Overall, the professors at the Daniels College of Business “are very knowledgeable in their areas.” Many professors and staff “are world-class, with incredible business knowledge and experience outside of academia, as well as within academia.” Although “some of the lectures may not be entirely interesting and difficult to stay focused on, it is easy to see the teachers really do enjoy their profession and want to see their students excel.” Others say, “some of the professors are subpar;” however, as at any MBA program, it’s all about seeking out leaders in your field as “many of [the professors] are excellent” and are quick to provide “mentoring opportunities.” In addition, “the tenured faculty tends to be quite good.” The administration here is generally viewed as “average.” Students say the top brass sets their sights high and “tries to empower their students to achieve big goals while supporting their communities, but they do very little to support their students to achieve this success…corporation/partnership with the school is very limited.” However, the school has made some notable improvements in this area, investing in a new Corporate and Community Relations Program, through which they’ve signed on 80 companies as annual partners.
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