EdTechPost http://edtechpost.com Only useful Education news: Universities, Colleges, Business schools, High schools. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:58:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Choosing the Best Business School http://edtechpost.com/choosing-the-best-business-school/ http://edtechpost.com/choosing-the-best-business-school/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:58:07 +0000 http://edtechpost.com/?p=3899 Choosing a great business school is quite an important task as your whole professional life might depend upon it. To make the right decision, you should be focused on the following details. The degree All business schools offer different types of degree programs. Sure, there’re certain common similarities, but even two degrees with the same […]

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Choosing a great business school is quite an important task as your whole professional life might depend upon it. To make the right decision, you should be focused on the following details.

The degree

All business schools offer different types of degree programs. Sure, there’re certain common similarities, but even two degrees with the same name may not be the same at two institutions. For instance, which would you personally prefer: a full-time or a part-time program? MBA or bachelor level? Long distance or in-class education? All these questions must be answered by you. And when they are, make sure the school you’re going to apply to offers the kind of a business degree you’ve chosen.

The cost

Tuition can be really costly, especially in a prestigious business school. You should estimate your financial resources and think about how much you’re ready to put into your education. And if a student loan seems to be the only solution to acquiring the necessary funds, you must carefully consider whether you can pay off your loan after you earn your desired degree. To fully understand how much you need for studying at a business school, add the cost of the commute to the campus, books, and the overall cost of living to the tuition sum.

The reputation

Just like medical or law schools, most business schools have almost the same academic content of degree programs, but the education you get still differs. And that’s not only because the quality of teaching varies – the reputation matters a lot, too. Check the best schools that have a kind of a business degree you want and then see in which institution you can afford to study for the next few years.

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Applying to Business Schools http://edtechpost.com/applying-to-business-schools/ http://edtechpost.com/applying-to-business-schools/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:52:55 +0000 http://edtechpost.com/?p=3895 When applying to any business school, you will learn that the admissions process is rather extensive. In addition, as most schools are extremely selective, you will have to prepare for the application in advance. A variety of factors matters when a school determines whether you fit with the program. Here is what you should certainly […]

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When applying to any business school, you will learn that the admissions process is rather extensive. In addition, as most schools are extremely selective, you will have to prepare for the application in advance. A variety of factors matters when a school determines whether you fit with the program. Here is what you should certainly do to ensure you can enroll.

Apply to the chosen school early

Applying to the chosen school early is a good beginning. Most schools have about two-three application rounds, and you should try to apply in the first one because this palpably increases your chances of being accepted.

Ensure your GPA is high

Applicants’ grade point average matters a lot in the application process. In many good schools, those who enroll have approximately 3.5 GPA. But if you have lower grades, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will fail. Just make sure all the other parts of your application make up for the low GPA.

Score high on GMAT

The GMAT is a standardized American exam used by major business schools to assess the students before accepting them to an MBA program. It is aimed at measuring basic mathematical, analytical writing, and verbal skills. GMAT totals may range in the 200-800 interval. 400-600 scores are good, but the median score for top business school applicants is 700 and up.

Write an excellent application essay

Essays are your most important opportunity to prove to your chosen school that you’re a strong candidate for their program. Some business schools require students to write up to 7 essays, each between 2 and 4 thousand words.

Practice your interview skills

Every business school has its own interview procedure. No matter what it is, it’s important to prepare for this part of the admission process, just like for the GMAT. A good interview usually doesn’t guarantee acceptance, but bad interviews definitely close the doors of business schools for applicants.

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About the MBA Degree http://edtechpost.com/about-the-mba-degree/ http://edtechpost.com/about-the-mba-degree/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:09:04 +0000 http://edtechpost.com/?p=3891 The MBA is a really popular postgraduate degree. It’s awarded to students who’ve mastered the business studies and became professionals. The MBA degree is doubtlessly among the most prestigious degrees in the world. Students of business administration programs study both the theory and application of management and business principles. Learning this kind of subjects equips […]

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The MBA is a really popular postgraduate degree. It’s awarded to students who’ve mastered the business studies and became professionals. The MBA degree is doubtlessly among the most prestigious degrees in the world. Students of business administration programs study both the theory and application of management and business principles. Learning this kind of subjects equips beginner businessmen with specific knowledge that can actually be applied to a whole variety of real-world situations, not only related to organizations.

Why do people pursue MBA degrees?

The most important reason to attend school these days is to increase the salary potential as well as advance your career. As graduates with an MBA degree are all eligible for the lucrative positions that wouldn’t be offered to people with only a diploma from high school, such a degree is almost guaranteed to boost students’ earning potential.

In most cases, MBA degrees are required for senior management and executive positions. There are certain companies that don’t even consider the applicants who haven’t studied business administration at school. So, it makes sense for those who want to make it in the corporate world to earn an MBA degree.

MBA degree types

There is a variety of MBA degree, and here are the most common specializations:

  • Business management
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information systems
  • Risk management
  • Human resources management
  • E-commerce
  • Economics
  • Operations management
  • Global management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Technology management

The cost of an MBA degree

Getting MBA degrees have always been expensive. In some schools, the cost of an MBA exceeds the average yearly salary four times. Of course, tuition costs may vary not only depending on the school, but also on the basis of the program. Luckily, in some cases financial aid is provided to MBA students. 

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Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-microsoft-bing-in-classrooms/ http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-microsoft-bing-in-classrooms/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:32:01 +0000 http://edtechpost.com/?p=3870

Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The program is meant to create a safer online environment for children, but also promote use of Bing, which trails market leader Google.

Microsoft Corp. is also giving away a first-generation Surface tablet computer to schools where community members sign up to use the ad-supported version of Bing outside of the school.

The program is tailored so that 60 parents and friends who do 30 Bing searches a day can earn their school a Surface in a little over a month. There is no limit on the number of Surface devices a school can earn.

Microsoft has some unsold inventory of the first generation Surface in stock after booking a large write-down on the devices last year.

Matt Wallaert, a Microsoft employee who created the “Bing in the Classroom” program, said the company hopes that some of the program’s goodwill leads to more Bing usage.

“We absolutely are an ad-supported business, but we think that schools are not the time and place for that,” he said. “Obviously we hope that parents will hear that message and want to use Bing at home.”

Google Inc. doesn’t offer the same ad-free search experience for schools.

Microsoft also has created some 500 lesson plans that encourage the use of search to answer questions. The questions aren’t the kind that can be answered by just typing them into the search field.

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4 students seriously hurt in Pa. school stabbings http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-high-school-stabbings/ http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-high-school-stabbings/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 http://edtechpost.com/?p=3865

Authorities said that a student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning.

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including four students who suffered serious wounds, authorities said.

The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned by police. All of the victims were expected to survive, doctors said.

Not all of the 20 injured at Franklin Regional High School were cut by the knife, though most were, Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the ensuing mayhem that broke out at about 7:15 a.m. at the school in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

One victim was an adult, authorities said, but none of their names was being released.

Dr. Chris Kaufman, the trauma director at Forbes Regional Medical Center, the closest hospital, said two victims were in surgery and one was awaiting surgery. All three were all stabbed in the torso, abdomen, chest or back, which he called “significant injuries.”

Seven teens and one adult were listed in serious condition at Forbes Hospital, West Penn Allegheny Health System spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said. They ranged in age from 15 to 60, and some were in surgery, she said. A ninth victim, a 15-year-old girl, was in good condition at Allegheny Hospital, Davis said.

Twelve of the victims were sent to four hospitals in the UPMC system, a spokeswoman said. She said hospital officials were still gathering information on their conditions and identities, including the patients’ ages.

The suspect was being questioned by county detectives and police at the Murrysville police station. Stevens said the suspect used a knife, though he didn’t say what kind and said it wasn’t immediately clear why the student attacked the others.

One student told WTAE he saw “students holding their stomachs, bleeding.” That student wasn’t sure how the assailant was stopped, but said at some point, a fire alarm was activated and said, “As soon as we heard the fire alarm was pulled we went outside.”

Speaking outside the school, Morris Hundley said his 14-year-old daughter, Morriah, called him Wednesday morning in tears. Hundley came to the school still wearing his slippers, hoping for more information.

“My first thoughts were I think we need to home school now that this has happened,” Hundley said. “The words can’t describe how I feel. I’m just thinking of the victims.”

Gov. Tom Corbett instructed state police to assist local investigators.

“I was shocked and saddened upon learning of the events that occurred this morning as students arrived at Franklin Regional High School. As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families,” Corbett said in a statement.

School officials and Murrysville police didn’t immediately return calls seeking further details, but the school issued a bulletin on its website saying: “A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure.”

The district later announced that the high school students were being moved to another school in the district, where their parents could pick them up.

The district serves about 3,600 students who live in the bedroom communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont. The elementary and middle schools are part of the same campus.

Stevens said the incident happened after most students had arrived but before the school day was officially in session.

Initial reports indicated the stabbings happened during a fire drill, but investigators now believe another student may have pulled a fire alarm to alert others to the emergency in hopes that would clear the building.

Parents and former students say the school, which doesn’t have metal detectors but does spot searches when security officials deem it necessary, generally does a good job of keeping students safe.

“I think the school reacted as fast … as possible,” said Rich Nickel, whose daughter, Jenna, 16, is a sophomore. “It’s obviously a (lone) individual’s act.”

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