## Entries in Cornell (13)

## Cornell (Johnson) Chooses MBA Math

Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University purchased MBA Math subscriptions for the fourth year for all incoming one year and two year program students.

## Quant Skills Sharpened at Cornell

I was in Ithaca, New York in early August for the third year to teach a 3-day Quantitative Skills Course for about 75 incoming first years of Cornell's Johnson School. We covered topics in finance, economics, marketing, and accounting. Students completed six introductory lessons of online pre-work at mbamath.com, thereby allowing us to proceed deeper into the subjects in the classroom. Topics from the ongoing financial crisis connected the quantitative basics to the business news headlines.

With the rest of the first year class arriving the following weekend, the Quant Skills students get back into the student groove, start friendships, and explore the restaurants and watering holes of Collegetown and downtown Ithaca.

Two second-year TAs and a recent graduate instilled a healthy mix of anticipation and fear about the challenges of the first year core.

## Classroom Teaching Completed

Having recently completed several months of classroom teaching at Cornell's Johnson School and Dartmouth's Tuck School after supporting the intense summer online MBA Math rush of incoming students, I can now gather my thoughts. I am taking a break this year from teaching Professional Decision Modeling at Duke's Fuqua School during winter term.

Instead, I'll be refining and extending the MBA Math online course using ideas that have emerged from classroom teaching.

## Cornell (Johnson) Chooses MBA Math

Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University purchased MBA Math subscriptions for the third year for all incoming one year and two year program students.

## MBA Math Testimonial for Cornell (Johnson)

Here is a testimonial from Amber Rieg, a first-year student at Cornell's Johnson School and member of the MBA Math Board of Advisors, about her pre-MBA use of the MBA Math online quantitative preparation course:

I attended Wake Forest University where I majored in Communications and played varsity volleyball. My first job was with the Baltimore Orioles, where I was responsible for VIP ticket sales during the 2003 baseball season. In 2004, I moved to Boston and began working for a communications consulting firm where my responsibilities included: managing the development and execution of a range of marketing communications strategies as primary client contact for corporate and political campaigns, creating and implementing crisis communications and strategic plans, authoring op-eds and letters to the editor and representing corporations as spokesperson for print, radio and television interviews.

I am currently a first year student at the Johnson School participating in the Strategic Brand Immersion. Because my background was not quant-heavy, before beginning classes at the Johnson school, I used MBA Math to learn the fundamental quantitative skills that were needed throughout my first year.

## Better-Designed Quant Skills Course at Cornell

I was in Ithaca, New York in early August to teach a 3-day Quantitative Skills Course for about 80 incoming first years of Cornell's Johnson School. We covered topics in finance, economics, marketing, and accounting. The coverage was better tuned to Johnson's core courses than my first effort last year. Also, students did online pre-work at mbamath.com for certain basic topics, thereby allowing us to proceed deeper into the subjects in the classroom.

As usual, the students were bonding as they were learning, settling into Ithaca and getting to know their way around campus and town. Ithaca still had a sleepy summer feeling at that point in August and the students had the Johnson staff in Sage Hall to themselves before the arrival of the rest of the class for orientation week. Two second-year TAs helped to put the incoming students at ease as they prepared for the first year core courses.

## Cornell (Johnson) Chooses MBA Math

Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University purchased MBA Math subscriptions for the second year for all incoming one year and two year program students.

## Great Time Teaching Quantitative Skills Course at Cornell

I had a fantastic experience teaching a 3-day pre-orientation quantitative skills course for 89 incoming Johnson School first years. Lots of getting-started energy as students returned to the classroom for the first time in years combined with some quant anxiety at the outset. By the end of three days and 24 hours of class time, friendships were forming and rusty algebra skills were coming back.

We covered a mix of finance, accounting, marketing, economics, probability, and statistics.

The teaching environment in Sage Hall was first class, the weather was perfect late summer warmth allowing exploratory evening strolls around campus and through the gorges. Yes, they are gorgeous!

I closed out the experience on Friday evening with a quick Ithaca Pale Ale in the basement of Ruloffs in the company of students.

On the way out of town on Saturday morning, I picked up some great bagels at Collegetown Bagels in downtown Ithaca and a mix of bread and coffee from the nearby Ithaca Bakery before heading north to the Adirondacks for some R&R.

Next up in the classroom, a 3-hour MBA Math Finance Workshop for prospective MBAs on Friday at Wharton in Philadelphia as part of the 2-day MBADiversity Symposium followed by a 5-day "math camp" next week for incoming Tuck first years in Hanover.

## Return to the Classroom on the Horizon

Although it seems as if summer just started, the surge in student quant prep activity reminds me that MBA program kickoffs are on the horizon.

I'll be teaching a 3-day MBA Math course at Cornell's Johnson School in three weeks and a 5-day version at Dartmouth's Tuck School three weeks after that.

In between, I'll be doing a first-ever 3-hour MBA Math finance workshop on August 17 as the kickoff to MBADiversity's third annual symposium in Philadelphia. The Wharton School has graciously provided a classroom for the workshop's expected 135 prospective MBAs. You can learn more about the symposium at the MBADiversity site.

## Incoming Students Build Quant Skills

Blogging has been slow while I've been getting admitted students ready for their summer pre-MBA quantitative preparations. Cornell (Johnson), Dartmouth (Tuck), and Washington St. Louis (Olin) have purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming students. Georgetown (McDonough) will do so in the next day or so.

Separately, admitted students from dozens of MBA programs have found their way to MBA Math on their own in recent weeks and are working through the twenty-two lessons covering Excel spreadsheets, finance, accounting, microeconomics, and statistics. Students subscribing in the past six weeks will be attending the following prominent MBA programs in the fall: Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT, Michigan, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, USC, Stanford, UT Austin, Wake Forest, William and Mary, and Yale.

Discussion boards and regular office hour online chats provide communication between students and me and among students.

## Teaching 3-Day Cornell Quant Skills Course

I just got back from a visit to Cornell in Ithaca, New York where I met with administrators and faculty about teaching a 3-day quantitative skills course to incoming Johnson School just before orientation.

The campus was beautiful, with temperatures in the 50s several days after a freak mid-April snowstorm. Sage Hall, home to the Johnson School, was the most striking building on a campus of impressive buildings. The snowmelt had the gorges pounding with white water. I highly recommend the Ithaca Pale Ale at Rulloff's in Collegetown a short walk from campus.

All incoming Johnson students already have access to the online MBA Math course. The live course will be for a subset of the students who will most benefit from a quant boost before classes begin. First-year core course profs emphasized the importance of having strong basic algebra skills. The three-day course provides a "preview" of the quant skills needed for finance, accounting, marketing, statistics, and economics. The material in the 3-day course will be more tailored to Cornell than is possible with the online course. Topics covered in the 3-day course will be seen again, but faster and with less explanation, in the first year courses.

## Do MBAs Need Calculus? No at Cornell

From conversations with administrators at Cornell's Johnson School, which recently purchased subscriptions for all incoming students to the MBA Math quantitative preparation course, there is no need for calculus in the first year MBA curriculum.

## Cornell (Johnson) Chooses MBA Math

Johnson Graduate School of Management purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming students in the two-year MBA Class of 2009 and accelerated MBA Class of 2008. Students are encouraged (admitted student web site) to achieve 90% proficiency with 21 of the 22 topics, with one topic (using calculus) considered optional.